Imaging

Thermal Cameras

FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) has announced the FLIR A6700sc midwave infrared camera. The device features a 640×512 pixel resolution thermal detector. Short exposure times allow users to freeze motion and achieve accurate temperature measurements. The camera’s image output can be windowed to increase frame rates to 480 frames per second.

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Camera Software

The pylon 4 Camera Software Suite offered by Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) supports USB3 Vision and Windows 8. The Basler pylon 4 includes all drivers necessary to establish the various camera interface standards (USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, IEEE1394, Camera Link); a complete software development kit (SDK) with programming examples and languages; and a tool that lets users develop camera applications with just a few lines of code.

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Thermal Imaging System

Ircon® (Santa Cruz, CA) has introduced the ScanIR® 3 infrared linescanners and thermal imaging system. The ScanIR3 Series includes a choice of eight models. Robust housing incorporates standard watercooling and air purge, and also features built-in laser sighting. A rugged processor box also provides universal input and output (I/O) capabilities in the field, without the need for an external computer.

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Wireless Surveillance Camera

MicroPower Technologies (San Diego, CA) has announced the Helios ™ IR Camera. With the addition of an energy-efficient IR illuminator, the Helios day/night device captures and transmits IR-illuminated video data wirelessly up to ½ mile. Powered by solar energy and an internal, long-life lithium battery, the Helios IR Camera yields continuous operation for up to five days on a single charge. The wireless technology does not require cabling for power or data transmission. The system is designed with a smaller footprint — reducing the solar panel size to 1.2 ft2.

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Machine Vision Camera

Measuring 23 × 26.5 × 21.5 mm (.9 × 1.04 × .84"), the uEye™ XS from IDS Imaging Development Systems (Woburn, MA) delivers images from distances of 10 cm, either automatically or manually using software. The associated API function also enables the current focus position to be read. Digital zoom allows continuous enlargement of smaller sections of the image. A range of automatic image control functions, including auto white balance, auto gain, and auto exposure time, are performed in the camera itself.

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CAMERA TRENDS 2013: A Simpler Machine Vision

Today’s cameras are cheaper, smaller, and more capable than ever before. Without breaking the budget, a company manager who needs products inspected can buy a camera, quickly code in commands to recognize an object, bracket the device above a production line, and begin capturing images.

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Imaging Sensor

OmniVision Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has announced the OV8865, an 8- megapixel CameraChip™ sensor. The sensor features an improved 1.4-micron OmniBSI-2™ pixel.

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Image Analysis Software

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has announced ImageUV™ microscope camera control and image analysis software for Windows™ 8. Windows™ 8 includes features such as native touchscreen control, quick resizing of windows, viewable icons, and access to often used documents and spectra.

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Microscope Stage

A motorized fine focus stage from Santa Barbara Imaging (Santa Barbara, CA) features a stepper motor drive, cross roller stage, integrated motor controller, optical limit switches, and joystick actuator. Stage travel is 50 mm with sub-micron position resolution. Commercial applications include single-use product inspection, semiconductor wafer inspection, fine assembly, and OEM applications.

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Video Kits

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (Mount Olive, NJ), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, offers new Concealment Video Kits (CTVK). The CTVK all-in-one kit includes a hide with an integrated miniature Concealment COFDM Transmitter (CTxII); a COFDM briefcase Mobile Viewer Receiver; a Nexus 7 Android tablet for transmitter control; battery chargers; and all required cabling. Housed in a portable carrying case, the CTVK uses COFDM digital RF transmission. Each product also comes equipped with eConn Graphical User Interface (GUI) software, which allows users to change frequency plans, modify AES encryption keys, or assign unit names to each transmitter remotely. The eConn GUI connects through a mini USB connector (or Bluetooth® for the CTxII) and enables an administrator to configure up to 16 different frequency plans, with access control to prevent unauthorized changes by the user.

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