Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) QVGA Camera

The miniature Phoenix QVGA SWIR camera

Attollo Engineering (Camarillo, CA) has introduced a quarter-VGA format camera (320 × 256 resolution), based on indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) shortwave infrared technology. The miniature Phoenix QVGA SWIR camera features the smallest SWIR sensor available, weighs just 23g without lens, and captures snapshot imagery utilizing a high-performance InGaAs detector with an extremely small 5-micron pixel pitch that enables a short focal-length optic. Other features include a global shutter with integrate then read (ITR) capabilities, and a minimum of 100 ns integration time with presets and user-defined options. The spectral response spans a range from 1.0 μm to 1.65 μm.

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Autofocus, Waterproof Lenses

TECHSPEC® LT Series fixed focal length lenses

Edmund Optics® (EO) (Barrington, NJ) offers the TECHSPEC® LT Series and TECHSPEC® Cw Series fixed focal length lenses. TECHSPEC® LT Series fixed focal length lenses combine an integrated liquid lens for quick autofocus, high resolution for 12-megapixel sensors up to 1.1", and an easy-to-use interface requiring no mechanical adjustment. TECHSPEC® Cw Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses are waterproof versions of the TECHSPEC® C Series Lenses that eliminate the need for a protective cover over machine vision systems in harsh environments.

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PCIe-Based High-Speed Vision Technology

The SMARC Computer-on-Module platform

congatec (San Diego, CA) and MATRIX VISION recently showcased their new SMARC Computer-on-Module platform with PCI Express (PCIe)-based camera module extension. With no overhead and no need for additional interfaces such as GbE, USB or MIPI CSI, image data are written directly into the RAM of the SMARC module with virtually no latency and higher bandwidth. MATRIX VISION’s Sony Pregius sensor-based camera modules deliver image data to congatec’s Intel Atom processor based SMARC module at speeds of up to 226.5 frames per second (FPS) and with 1.6 megapixel resolution. Such high-speed transmission enables hard real-time at clock rates of approximately 4 milliseconds. This clocking is also a good fit for actuator commands over TSN (Time Sensitive Networking) based Ethernet, which provides hard real-time at clock rates <1 millisecond.

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4K Resolution Digital Microscope

The Makrolite 4K microscope

Vision Engineering (New Milford, CT) recently announced the launch of Makrolite 4K, the first 4K resolution microscope to complement their range of digital inspection systems. Makrolite 4K provides high-definition video images with a wide dynamic range and up to 330x magnification. Available in two versions, the console configuration provides direct HDMI connection to the monitor for live display with full control of zoom and all camera settings. Connecting Makrolite 4K to a PC with dimensioning software, ViPlus, extends its capabilities to include image capture, annotation, on-screen measurement, live overlays, data/image report generation and a range of image processing tools.

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Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer

The SPECTRO ARCOS spectrometer

SPECTRO Analytical Instruments (Kleve, Germany) announced its newest SPECTRO ARCOS inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. The new SPECTRO ARCOS precisely analyzes the elemental composition of metals, chemicals, petrochemicals, and more to deliver critically accurate measurements. The next-generation enhancements introduced in the new SPECTRO ARCOS include: new DSOI plasma viewing option; MultiView plasma viewing option; advanced CMOS detectors; Optimized Rowland Circle Alignment (ORCA) polychromator optical technology; and ultra-high-speed readout.

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Long-Wave Infrared Camera

The Ceres T 1280

Ceres T 1280 is the new high-performance, high-resolution thermographic long-wave infrared (LWIR) camera from Xenics (Leuven, Belgium). Ceres T 1280 is a SXGA (1280×1024 pixels) LWIR camera that features automatic compensation of internal temperature drift, including within the optical path. Moreover, thermographic capabilities are embedded onboard, with the ability to store 2 calibration packs. Designed for industrial use, Ceres T 1280 interface is either GigE with PoE or CameraLink™ and is GenICam™ compliant. It benefits from a compact form factor and a low weight (64.5 mm × 67.6 mm × 83.5 mm and 58g without optic for GigE interface and 64.5 mm × 67.6 mm × 81 mm and 534g without optic for CameraLink one). Depending on the application, Ceres T 1280 is offered with 12° HFOV, 16° HFOV, 25° HFOV or 48° HFOV.

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High-Power Conduction-Cooled Stack

The GS20

The GS20 from Focuslight Technologies (Xi’an, China) is a new high-power conduction-cooled stack with 2.13 mm bar pitch on a macro channel water cooler that has a peak power of 400W per bar at 8% (400μs/200Hz) high duty cycle, which is a significant improvement (30%) over traditional conduction-cooled stacked products, AA10. The lifetime can achieve more than 109 shots. Focuslight’s “indium-free” eutectic bonding, thermal management, thermal stress control, interface materials and surface engineering and other core technologies have been fully applied in GS20, improving GS20’s heat dissipation capacity, reliability, miniaturization, and other key specifications. GS20 helps to improve the pumping efficiency and system reliability of solid-state lasers, and also broadens the direct application areas of high-power semiconductor lasers.

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LWIR Thermal Sensors

The EVO2 thermal camera

The EVO2 range of uncooled Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR) thermal sensors from British threat detection specialist Silent Sentinel (Hertfordshire, UK) will utilize the latest thermal core and lens technology, providing advanced detection capabilities in the most extreme conditions. The EVO2 range will be available within the existing Oculus, Aeron, Osiris, and Jaegar camera platforms, all available within the hard anodized, rugged housing which is tested to an IP67 level of environmental protection. The EVO2 thermal cameras operate within a temperature range from -30°C to 65°C. The EVO2 range will feature push autofocus as standard on Silent Sentinel’s zoom lens cameras, along with a 12μm pixel pitch as standard. The EVO2 range will also capture thermal images in 640×512 resolution but will also be available in 1024×768 (XGA resolution).

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Infrared LED

The infrared LED supports head-mounted displays.

ROHM Semiconductor (Kyoto, Japan) recently introduced the new CSL1501RW ultra-compact side-emitting (side view) infrared LED. The device is suitable for head-mounted displays, industrial headsets and VR/MR/ AR (xR, virtual reality) gaming systems. The CSL1501RW delivers a peak wavelength of 860 nm in an industry-small (1.0 ×0.55 mm, t=0.5 mm) side-view design that emits light parallel to the mounting surface, providing exceptional design flexibility. In addition, ROHM leverages its strengths in element manufacturing to improve luminous efficiency and reduce power consumption by more than 20%. The device serves as a light source for eye tracking in VR/MR/AR applications that require greater performance.

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The Computer-On-Module from Review Display Systems

Review Display Systems Inc. (RDS) (Milwaukee, WI) announced the availability of a new Kontron COM Express Basic Type 7 Computer-On-Module. The industrial specification COMe-bEP7 features AMD EPYC embedded 3000 SoC processors and offers scalable performance with up to sixteen processor cores. Four optional SODIMM sockets provide up to 128 GB DDR4 RAM of memory. Networking capabilities and connectivity are supported with four 10 Gb Ethernet interfaces and up to 32 PCIe Gen 3 lanes. Two SATA ports are provided, with the option to integrate an onboard NVMe if required. The industrial-grade COMe-bEP7 module can operate in extreme temperature environments from -40°C to +85°C. Onboard peripheral support includes four USB 3.1, four USB 2.0 as well as LPC, SPI Flash, SMB, dual staged Watchdog and RTC.

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Scanning LiDAR Sensor

The SF45

Lightware LiDAR LLC (Austin, TX) is now shipping the SF45 scanning microLiDAR™ that weighs just 59g but delivers the performance of much larger sensors. The SF45 is capable of detecting obstacles in bright sunlight at 50m and delivers a clear understanding of the machine’s environment to either the onboard autopilot or a remote operator. To complement the SF45, LightWare LiDAR manufactures a family of microLiDAR™ sensors such as the tiny SF000/B (only 8g). Data from these sensors allow drones a safe take-off and precision landing, to hold position near an object being inspected or closely follow terrain without flying into trees. The microLiDAR™ family is compatible with standard autopilots (Ardupilot/PX4) and API’s are provided for custom controllers, such as RaspberryPi and Arduino.

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Factory Automation Laser Tool

The LaserUltra measurement technology

ANCA’s (Wixom, MI) LaserUltra is the next generation of the LaserPlus, an in-process measurement technology that gives customers the power to operate unmanned overnight and retrieve their finished tools the next day within specification. LaserUltra is an automatic OD, profile measurement and compensating system for ANCA’s TX, MX and FX machines. It is suitable for measuring and compensating tools to maintain tight tolerances (0.002 mm) in unmanned production grinding. The in-process measurement is available in both digital and analog. It is permanently mounted inside the machine and will not interfere with typical grinding processes and accessories. Using the laser, the operator can perform accurate in-process measurement and compensation without removing tools from the machine.

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Fiber Optic Transceivers

A new fiber optic transceiver from ShowMeCables

ShowMeCables (Irvine, CA), an Infinite Electronics brand, recently announced its new line of fiber optic transceivers designed to meet the needs of telecom service providers, the data communications industry, and IT departments. These new fiber optic transceivers are MSA-compliant and compatible with most switch and router platforms. They represent a wide selection of form factors, distances supported and data rates. Form factors offered are GBIC, SFP, SFP+ and XFP. Distance options range from 220 meters to 120 kilometers and three transmitter wavelengths are available – 850 nm, 1310 nm and 1550 nm. Operating data rates cover 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps. Other options include single-mode or multimode optics and latching LC or nonlatching SC connectors.

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Fast Long-Range Sensor

†he AR2700 High-Speed Long Range Sensor

Acuity Laser (Portland, OR) introduced the AR2700 High-Speed Long Range Sensor, an ultra-compact rangefinder that is eye-safe and has a measurement frequency of up to 40 kHz. It can measure natural targets up to 70 meters away or to retroreflective targets 270 meters away. The sensor has a maximum sampling rate of 40,000 samples per second and measurements can be triggered using an input signal wire or a serial command at rates up to 30 KHz. The AR2700 High-Speed Long Range Sensor is an eye-safe, infrared laser (Class 1) that is designed for industrial environments with NEMA-4, IP67 enclosure ratings; it is accurate to within ± 60 mm; and has an operating temperature between -40°C and +60°C.

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UV-LED Illuminator

The LumiDL™ 3300B UV-LED DMD Illuminator

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) LumiDL™ 3300B UV-LED DMD Illuminator offers power in excess of 30W and highly uniform output for UV DL applications. The patented, modular device couples a densely packed UV-LED array to a high efficiency, patented non-imaging collection optic integrated with a telecentric imaging optic optimized to the DLP chipset. Thermal management is handled by a proprietary heat sink and air/liquid-cooling designs to maintain low junction temperatures. The Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) light source can be customized to handle various UV photoresists with single or multi-wavelength LED options. LumiDL™ is sold as a kit, including the optics module and a driver. The optics module is easily mounted with kinematic registration on a flange mount. The FRU provides fast, easy light engine replacement, minimizing the need for realignment or adjustment.

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Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer

The the JMS-T2000GC spectrometer

JEOL (Peabody, MA) has released the JMS-T2000GC AccuTOF™ GC-Alpha gas chomatograph – time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The 6th generation of the AccuTOF™ GC series features new high-performance hardware that achieves three times the mass resolving power and mass measurement accuracy of the previous AccuTOF™ GCx-plus by using a whole new ion optics design that achieves better sensitivity and high data acquisition speed. Additionally, a wide variety of ionization techniques – field ionization (FI), field desorption (FD), photoionization (PI), and chemical ionization (CI) – are optionally available, in addition to the standard electron ionization (EI). Two combination ion sources are also available as options – the EI/FI/FD combination ion source and the EI/PI combination ion source, which allow easy switching between ionization techniques without breaking vacuum or replacing the ion sources.

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7mm QN Camera

The iShot® camera

InterTest, Inc. (Columbia, NJ) has redesigned the iShot® 7mm-diameter Color Micro Camera QN and introduced it as the new high-definition iShot® QN-HD. The original 7mm ELMO QN42H, and its Toshiba IK-SM43H equivalent, boasted a 410,000- pixel picture with 470 horizontal TV lines, from a ¼" CCD sensor within a 7 mm diameter package… less than half the diameter of a dime. The QN-HD still has the same form factor, physical resilience, and functional versatility as the original QN, but now with more than 4-times the resolution in HD. The QN-HD is compatible with existing ELMO QN lenses and boasts a 1080/30p high definition picture utilizing a 1/6" 1920 × 1080 (2 MP) sensor in the same 7mm diameter form factor.

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Machine Vision Laser

The FLEXPOINT MVpulse laser module

The FLEXPOINT MVpulse laser module from Laser Components (Bedford, NH) delivers an output power of up to 100 mW and fulfills all requirements of laser classes 1 or 2. This is achieved with an integrated microcontroller that provides a continuous wave laser in such a way that individual pulses can be generated. MV output power is five times higher than in cw operation, with the laser class specifications maintained for the entire pulse sequence. The electronics ensure that the individual pulses always remain within the laser protection requirements, should the input signal fluctuate. Input pulses that are too long can be “shortened.” The FLEXPOINT MVpulse is available for wavelengths 640 nm, 660 nm, and 780 nm, and delivers output powers of 10 mW to 100 mW at pulse lengths between 15 ms and 0.38 ms.

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