Fixed Mount Machine Vision Camera

JADAK (Syracuse, NY) has released VIBE®, a new fixed mount machine vision camera. It is designed for integration into a wide range of OEM medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic systems, which require image analysis, as well as two-dimensional barcode scanning. It is a VGA smart camera, especially ideal for applications that require a small footprint and reading of a matrix code or machine vision at close range, such as desktop analyzer devices. It can be integrated with machine vision software and can decode or image at less than 1” distance. VIBE includes a dedicated processor that can perform decoding tasks and is ideal for applications desiring no impact on host processor bandwidth.

Off-the-shelf specifications include a 640x480 CMOS area imager (color VGA), a 64° lens angle, 30 frame per second frame rate, and white LED on-board illumination, with a standard 1.5” × 1.5” footprint.

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High-Speed Camera

The IL5 high-speed camera from Fastec Imaging (San Diego, CA) enables you to record gears, motors, machinery — equipment that is moving too quickly to process with the naked eye. By using slow motion replay, you can see what you have been missing with normal speed video and analyze the performance of your equipment. With recording speeds of over 630 frames per second at HD 1080p resolution, over 3200 fps at VGA resolution, and more than 29,000 fps at smaller resolutions, you see what you have been missing with normal speed video. Images can be saved to an SSD or SD card while recording high-speed bursts of hundreds or even thousands of images at a time. With the Long-Record (LR) option it can record at high speed for many minutes at high resolutions, to many hours at reduced resolutions. It can be controlled via Gigabit Ethernet or with the built-in web interface.

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Instrument Laser Modules

OSI Laser Diode, Inc. (Edison, NJ), has introduced the LCW/SCW series of high-power laser modules for optical testing. The devices feature pulsed optical power up to 200 mW@1000mA peak and continuous-wave (CW) up to 75 mW. The new series offers a variety of wavelength options including 1310 nm, 1490 nm, 1550 nm, 1625 nm, and 1650 nm. Single-mode and multi-mode fiber options are available. The hermetically-sealed, laser-welded devices can include thermoelectric coolers (TECs) and temperature-sensing thermistors, plus back-facet monitors. The family is available in a 14-pin butterfly package, 14-pin dual inline (DIP) package, coaxial packaging, and standard TO56 cans. Custom packaging is also available. The LCW/SCW modules provide high wavelength stability over a wide temperature range, making them ideal for optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) instruments, spectroscopy, optical and line-of-sight (LOS) sensors, talk sets, and photon-counting tasks.

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Single Wrench Optical Mount

Siskiyou Corporation (Grants Pass, OR) has introduced its “one wrench” concept to several of their optical mounts and adjustment mechanisms, including kinematic and gimbal mounts, translation stages, and laser diode holders/ positioners. This means that all the adjustment, mounting, and locking screws on the mount are operated using the same size (5/64” or 2.0 mm) hex wrench. This enables the user to mount and align even complex optomechanical systems using literally a single wrench, thus enhancing convenience and ease-of-use.

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Advanced Optical Monitoring System

Precision Glass & Optics (Santa Ana, CA) announces the successful installation of a new SL-2012A SpectraLock special index dispersion enhanced monitoring (IDEM) optical monitoring system from Eddy Company (Apple Valley, CA). The system provides in-situ optical monitoring and rate control to produce single and multi-layered thin films with ultra-precision and accuracy. This will enable them to accurately predict the films their chambers produce, with optical thickness monitoring and control from 1 nm to over 5,000 nm.

The newly installed computer and software system provides calibration of the exact refractive index dispersion for each material and process used. The thin-film design program and the optical monitoring controller will now produce optical coatings that precisely match the design without iteration or error. According to the Eddy Company, the system that has been installed at PG&O is a revolutionary field-proven development in optical coating technology.

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Optical Beam Alignment Tool

The new Light Aligner from Spectrolight (Irvine, CA) is a tool that solves the ubiquitous challenge of aligning a light beam through an optical system constructed on a breadboard or optical table. The Light Aligner is an anodized metal ruler with precision engraved fiducials and a series of 2.5 mm diameter through-holes. It utilizes a magnetic base that holds the ruler in a vertical orientation and enables its stable, temporary placement on any optical table, breadboard or ferrous metal surface. In use, the optical beam is passed through one of the holes at the appropriate height, and then the entire unit is moved as necessary to various positions in the optical system to verify that the beam alignment is being maintained.

The Light Aligner is available either with or without registration pins on its base, allowing for either complete freedom in its placement, or precise registration of a beam with the mounting hole pattern on the table or breadboard. The Light Aligner also uses a modular approach to provide maximum utility; a bolt-on extension doubles the height with no loss of precision. Both metric and imperial (inch) versions are available with standard lengths being 220 mm and 8.6 inches.

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