VGA Sensor

Now available from FRAMOS (Ottawa, Canada), the Sony IMX426 Pregius™ 3rd generation Global Shutter CMOS image sensor provides 9μm pixel size and reaches VGA resolution with 1,449 fps@10-bit for maximized throughput in factory automation. Sony's IMX426 is a diagonal 9.2mm, 1/1.7 format type of imager with a square pixel pitch of 9μm for highly saturated and sensitive images. Using the advantages of Sony's 3rd generation features including the high-speed interface SLVS-EC, the sensor reaches a read-out speed up to 1,594 fps at 8-bit.

The IMX426 has a scalable bit depth of 8, 10, and 12 bits, and can be programmed for multiple regions of interest (ROI). It produces excellent image quality by featuring high/low conversation gain modes, dual triggering, dual ADC, and self-triggering. The chip operates with analog 3.3V, digital 1.2V, and interface 1.8V triple power supply, and has low power consumption.

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Depth-Sensing Cameras

The Intel RealSense D400 product family, available from Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX), includes two depth-sensing cameras: the D415 and D435. Both incorporate the latest Intel RealSense Vision Processor D4 to handle the complex depth algorithm and use stereo image sensors to capture and calculate disparity between images. The D415 camera features a rolling shutter stereo camera pair, standard infrared (IR) projector and a full HD RGB camera suitable for stationary and slow-moving applications. The D435 camera features a global shutter stereo camera pair, wide IR projector and a full HD RGB camera. Both cameras offer a depth stream output resolution of up to 1280 × 720 px with a frame rate of 30 fps.

For higher volume embedded applications, Mouser also offers Intel's Vision Processor D4 and Depth Module D400 Series. The compact Vision Processor D4 computes high-resolution 3D depth maps in real time without requiring a dedicated GPU or host processor when paired with RealSense Depth Modules.

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High-Speed Video Camera

iX Cameras (Woburn, MA and Rochford, UK) announced the addition of a new high-speed video camera, the i-SPEED 508. This compact high-performance camera comes with an environmentally sealed body, innovative internal cooling system, custom CMOS image sensor, and enhanced memory capabilities. Key features include: full 1080p HD resolution up to 3,980fps at 12-bits; 8.4 GPixels/second throughput; up to 144 GB of internal video RAM for long duration recordings or multiple buffers; up to 8 TB internal SSD; up to 2 TB external SSD for fast data transfer and large storage capacity; live video during recording; high light sensitivity; maximum memory up to 144 GB; and maximum frame rate 500,000 fps.

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Global Shutter Image Sensors

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) recently announced two new high-resolution additions to its family of global shutter image sensors—the 2-megapixel OG02B1B/ OG02B10 (monochrome/ color) and the OV9285. These new sensors are designed to be cost-effective solutions for a wide range of consumer and industrial machine vision applications.

Both versions of the OG02B1B/OG02B10 provide 1600 × 1300 resolution in a 1/2.9-inch optical format and a 15-degree chief ray angle (CRA) to support wide field-of-view lens designs. The OV9285 provides an even more cost-effective option, with a 1.48-megapixel or 1328 × 1120 resolution, the ability to capture video at 90 frames per second (FPS) and an optical format of 1/3.4-inch with a CRA of 9 degrees. Both sensors are built on OmniVision's 3 × 3-micron OmniPixel®3-GS pixel technology.

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Instrument Systems (Munich, Germany) recently launched with the LGS 650 goniophotometer, a new measuring system for solid-state lighting products and LED modules. Designed for samples up to max. 1300 mm diameter and 10 kg weight, the LGS 650 goniophotometer was developed for the analysis of angle-dependent spatial radiation properties. The test specimen is operated in a horizontal burning position and measurements can be taken at an angular range of ±160° in the gamma axis. The angular resolution of 0.01° enables very fine measuring grids recorded with a high level of accuracy and reproducibility.

The LGS 650 is compliant with all relevant specifications in conformity with CIE, DIN and IES standards. The probes may have a diameter up to max. 1300 mm and a maximum weight of 10 kg. Combined with a spectroradiometer, e.g. CAS 140D, from Instrument Systems, all spectral quantities such as color coordinates, color temperature and even color rendering index can be determined as a function of angle.

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Safety Laser Scanner

The new safety laser scanner, PSENscan, from Pilz (Canton, MI) safely monitors up to three separate zones simultaneously, significantly increasing plant productivity. Up to four safety laser scanners can be connected in series in accordance with the master-slave principle, which reduces the cabling and set-up work considerably.

The safety laser scanner offers two-dimensional area monitoring with a large opening angle of 275°, so applications in which several adjoining sides of a machine or AGV are to be monitored can be implemented with fewer devices when compared with an 180° scanner. Up to three separate zones can be monitored simultaneously and up to 70 switchable configurations can be set up. The software tool PSENscan Configurator is used to configure PSENscan. The Ethernet port is used to connect PSENscan to the configuration computer.

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Light Section Sensors

The SmartRunner Matcher from Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) is a compact, camera-based light section sensor that combines both the evaluation process and the interfaces in one device. The device features specially preconfigured firmware that enables it to specialize in extremely precise profile comparisons. After initial setup and configuration-the user inputs the required reference profile using the teach-in mode and the Matcher captures an image of each object's line profile. Using LEDs and a 2D camera, the SmartRunner Matcher compares the current profile to the taught-in reference profile.

In addition to the Matcher, Pepperl+Fuchs also introduces the SmartRunner Detector. This light section sensor is optimized for high-precision monitoring, detecting even the smallest of faults. The Detector reliably identifies objects with a minimum size of 0.25 mm in a trapeze-shaped measuring range with a width of 350 mm at a maximum range of 700 mm. Since the SmartRunner Detector evaluates both the laser line on the object as well as the background, the sensor results are always reliable.

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Field of View Video Measurement System

Vision Engineering (New Milford, CT) announced the availability of its new class of TVM Field of View (FOV) video measurement systems. The TVM series includes TVM20 and TVM35, with FOV sizes of 20 mm and 35 mm respectively. Both systems are designed to meet rigorous quality assurance applications in electronics, automotive, aerospace, medical and plastics manufacturing. The fixed stage FOV system enables instant, accurate measurements of small pressed metal components, turned parts, injection moulded plastics, tubes and cables, while the addition of a manually-controlled stage extends measurement for larger components up to 200 mm × 100 mm.

The combination of TVM's flat field telecentric lens and collimated sub-stage lighting, featuring a new quadrant LED ring light, creates a sharp image of components on the HD monitor and significantly improves video edge detection of complex parts such as threads and valves. TVM works in combination with new software features for instant measurement of wire insulation and screw threads. Cylindrical, flat, or square components can be measured on the shop floor, offering instant go/no go evaluation.

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