Measurement Modules

Beckhoff Automation, Savage, MN, introduced ELM314x Ether-CAT measurement modules available in two-, four-, six-, and eight-channel versions. Measurements with an accuracy of 100 ppm are possible over a temperature range from 10 to 40 °C. Each channel can be set to current or voltage measurements with a sampling rate of up to 1 ksps per channel. Analog signals in the ranges from ±1.25 to ±10 V, 0 to 10 V, ±20 mA; or 0/4 to 20 mA can be processed. Features include adjustable two-stage filters, oversampling, distributed clocks, true RMS, and scaler functions. The modules are suited for recording data from 10 V/20 mA sensors and for feeding real-time information directly back into the process.

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Camera Head

IO Industries, London, ON, Canada offers the 4KSDI-Mini 4K/UHD camera head that requires a single 12G-SDI connection to provide 4K 60 fps video. It can also support 6G, 3G, and HD-SDI output formats. It is designed for applications requiring high image quality from a compact camera. Separate models feature either a 1”-format global shutter or 2/3”-format rolling shutter sensor. Features include standard video frame rates of 24, 29.97, and 60 fps; standard HD/UHD resolution; and a video-style interface.

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Video Borescope

Toshiba America Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, introduced the SV-1000 digital video borescope with illumination. The water-resistant, chip-on-tip inspection camera measures 1.6 mm in diameter and features an integrated LED light for illumination within the 1.9-meter flexible shaft. The 1 × 1-mm CMOS sensor provides 400 × 400-pixel resolution with a 120-degree field-of-view (FOV) lens. The two-piece system comprises the inspection camera and separate compact camera control unit that includes electrical connections, video outputs, and LED light control.

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Basler, Exton, PA, offers ace U USB 3.0 cameras that feature resolutions of VGA and 1.6 megapixels. They are equipped with the IMX287 and IMX273 sensors from Sony's Pregius series and deliver up to 525 frames per second. Both sensors feature the Ultra Short Exposure Time Mode that enables exposure times of up to one microsecond (1 μs). The cameras are suited as upgrades for CCD cameras with low resolutions.

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Operator Interface

Electromate, Greenville, DE, offers the eX700G Series operator interface from Exor International. The unit combines a sunlight-readable display with connectivity features for environments where the safety of operators is at risk. The Industrial IoT edge device combines a controller with networking capability and communication options including client/server OPC UA. Features include a glass projected capacitive touchscreen and 7” widescreen display with a resolution of 800 × 480.

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Vision Systems

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, released the In-Sight 9000 series of ultra-high-resolution vision systems for high-accuracy part location, measurement, and inspection over large areas. Two models are available: the 9902L (2K line scan) and the 9912 (12MP area scan). Both are IP67-rated for use in harsh factory environments. The fully configurable, standalone systems offer users a single-camera solution to view large areas while preserving accuracy.

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This article first appeared in the January, 2019 issue of Tech Briefs Magazine.

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