Imaging

Hexapod

Aerotech’s (Pittsburgh, PA) HexGen™ hexapods represent a significant advance in six-degree-of-freedom positioning performance. The HEX500-350HL is driven by AC brushless, slotless servomotors and actuated with six high-accuracy struts that are built with precision preloaded bearings, ball screws, and drive components. The servomotors are directly coupled to the actuator ball-screw, enabling increased drive stiffness, higher positioning accuracy, and better minimum incremental motion (20 nm in XYZ and 0.2 μrad for θxθyθz) when compared to competitive designs that use belts or compliant couplings. The strut pivot-joints are engineered to provide low friction and high stiffness.

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High-Speed Cameras

The Phantom VEO® from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) incorporates 12-bit, 35-mm CMOS sensors (color or mono) with a choice of lens mount. At maximum resolution, the one-megapixel (1280×800) Phantom VEO 710 and 410 records at speeds up to 7,400 frames-per-second (fps) and 4,000 fps respectively, while the four-megapixel (2560×1600) VEO 640 and 340 records at speeds of 1,400 fps and 800 fps respectively.

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Microscopy Camera

Basler USA (Exton, PA) has introduced an additional Basler PowerPack for Microscopy. The new PowerPack includes the Microscopy pulse 3.3 MP camera. With its 4:3 sensor format, the “pulse” 3.3 MP fits to the image circle of a microscope and reaches up to 20 frames per second. Additionally, an enhanced version of the Basler Microscopy Software offers image adjustment sliders on the top level of the user interface and shows the speed of the camera measured in frames per second.

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Multispectral Camera

PIXELTEQ (Largo, FL) has introduced the SpectroCam™ VIS-SWIR 640 multispectral imaging camera. The SpectroCam VIS-SWIR 640 features an InGaAs sensor for increased sensitivity, full frame 640 × 512 pixel resolution, and a 15 μm pixel pitch. The lightweight, portable camera produces live processed images of six spectral bands at a rate of 25 frames per second.

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High-Speed Cameras

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) has announced a new 32GB memory option for the FASTCAM Mini AX, FASTCAM Mini UX, and FASTCAM Mini WX High Speed Camera Systems. The new memory option is doubled at 32GB; other memory options still available are 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB.

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Non-Contact Vision Probe

RVP, Renishaw’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) new vision measurement probe for use with the REVO 5-axis measurement system on coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), increases the multi-sensor capability of REVO by adding non-contact inspection to the exisiting touch-trigger, high-speed tactile scanning, and surface finish measurement capability of the system.

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Packaging Inspection Technology

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Wilmington MA) recently unveiled its new patented Clearfind™ technology, which can detect organic defects that are difficult or impossible to see with conventional white-light imaging techniques. Organic contaminants are often the root cause of field failures, which occur after the material has been exposed to operating conditions for extended periods.

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Researchers Propose Modular Space Telescope

Researchers from California Institute of Technology are proposing the idea of a modular space telescope that could be assembled by robots. The space observatory would have a primary mirror with a diameter of 100 meters — 40 times larger than the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Introduction to Machine Vision Inspection

Product inspection with machine vision is vastly superior to manual inspection or using photoelectric sensors. With some basic knowledge and tools you can create a reliable, repeatable inspection process that will make your production line safer and more efficient. Download the whitepaper to learn how to dramatically improve production performance with easy-to-apply inspection applications.

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Smart Cameras Get Smarter

How Actionable Data Drives Today’s Imaging Technology

Cameras are the eyes of the modern world. The devices equip today’s cars and machines, and real-time imaging capabilities support law enforcement, businesses, and homeowners. Thus far, cameras have been just that: simple cameras, eyes without a brain. Their sole purpose has been, primarily, to output images. Nowadays, however, cameras are “smarter.” In this article, we will review how imaging technology’s ability to intelligently process data will support new insights and applications.

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