ALIGNMENT SYSTEM Brunson Instrument Company announced the release of their next-gen AlignCam system for Brunson’s current line of alignment telescopes, levels and transits. This new product line is a signature development for Brunson alignment tools utilized every day by service organizations, and maintenance and reliability professionals. The Brunson AlignCam solution includes a digital camera and high quality CCD sensor with Brunson’s TeleView™ software and an instrument adapter. Technicians can leverage this digital toolset to troubleshoot precision alignment problems, increase productivity, archive and document results, and more. An informative product video can be found on YouTube. The AlignCam system provides a live image and continuous feedback on sight lines, so a field technician can make adjustments to achieve precision alignments. This solution is ideal for a variety of measurement and inspection applications, such as turbomachinery centerlines, drive system alignment for shipbuilding, roller alignment in many types of process machinery, precision leveling of machine bases, and other machine alignment challenges. The AlignCam’s mobile option allows a single operator to view the image on a mobile device anywhere in the workspace or around the world. This optional kit includes a laptop computer, remote viewer, wireless router, network cable and a choice of a hard case or backpack for easy portability. The configurable digital solution is outfitted with a specially designed adapter for quick, on-site user installation. To set up, the field technician simply connects the camera assembly to the optical instrument, and plugs the USB cable into the camera and the computer. Power is supplied to the camera via the USB cable. The camera system dramatically improves user ergonomics for viewing awkward setups in the field or the lab. Using a wireless connection and remote monitoring, service professionals can view targets, share their readings and collaborate with service teams in multiple sites, locally or around the world. Brunson Instrument Company | www.brunson.us USB3 VISION INTERFACE As of now, the new universal interface to MVTec’s standard machine vision software, HALCON, is available for image acquisition with all USB3 Vision compliant cameras. Key benefits of the new USB3 Vision standard are the high bandwidth in excess of 350 MB/s and an easy-to-use plug and play interface. Moreover, power and data are carried via the same cable. Easy software access is managed by the well-established GenICam programming interface. With USB3 Vision, hardware and software from different vendors work seamlessly over USB 3.0 connections. Most recently, the newly developed HALCON USB3Vision interface has been officially validated by the AIA test procedures. In particular, it was successfully tested at the AIA plugfest on October 23, 2013 with Basler, Baumer, MATRIX VISION, Point Grey, and XIMEA cameras. The interface is available for HALCON 11 on Windows 7/8 (32-bit and 64-bit). In the near future, the availability under Linux is planned. Existing HALCON users will be familiar with the new interface to USB3 Vision because its use is very similar to the already existing interfaces for GigE Vision and GenICam GenTL. MVTec Software GmbH | www.halcon.com REMOTE-HEAD CAMERA Toshiba Imaging Systems Division (ISD) announces the release of the second in a series of HD remote-head cameras. The new IK-HR3H is a feature-rich, 1-chip CMOS, 2.1 megapixel video camera that provides optimal color accuracy and advanced noise reduction technology via a1/3- inch, 1080p high definition sensor. The ultra-small remote head (only 1.08 in. X 1.08 in. X 1. 3 in.), delivers up to 900 TV lines resolution and features high sensitivity and wide dynamic range. Compatible with Toshiba Imaging’s recently introduced IK-HD3D controller, the progressive- scan video camera is economical and offers unprecedented user-controlled features. Toshiba Imaging’s new IK-HR3H camera features a switchable scanning system between 1080p and 1080i, remote control via RS232, a C-mount lens mount, gen-lock for multi-camera or 3D camera use, image flip and mirror, and a convenient binning mode to achieve a 4x increase in light sensitivity. The affordable, 1-chip camera is ideal for diverse applications where a small footprint is required, such as microscopy/endoscopy, 3D imaging tasks, broadcast, aerospace/defense, and scientific imaging and diagnostics. Toshiba Imaging Systems Division | (810) 357-5022 | Gary.Pitre@tais.toshiba.com | www.toshibacameras.com INFRARED CAMERA Like its predecessor, the all-new Goldeye is a short-wave infrared camera (SWIR) with sensitivity between 900 and 1,700 nm wavelengths. Except for the name, that’s about the only thing the new Goldeye has in common with the original AVT Goldeye camera series: The new model is a brand new development on a new, state of the art technical platform. The new rectangular housing is significantly smaller and lighter, which makes the Goldeye the smallest SWIR camera with Gigabit Ethernet interface in the market. The rugged hardware is designed for the tough requirements of industrial machine vision. For example, the built-in sensor cooling works without a fan and the screwed interface port allows for a secure connection. The ultra-compact form factor fitting screw threads on all sides make the integration into an image processing system particularly easy. With its 12-pin Hirose I/O port, the new Goldeye opens many possibilities for trigger and synchronization with other system components. The new Goldeye features a GigE Vision compliant Gigabit Ethernet interface and supports Power over Ethernet, which simplifies cabling by powering the camera via the data cable. Thanks to its modular housing, the Goldeye can be fitted with various filters and lenses with C-, F- and M42-Mounts. The first model of the Goldeye family will be available in Q1/2014: The Goldeye G-032 features a highly sensitive InGaAs sensor with 640x512 Pixels resolution and frame rates up to 100 frames per second. More models will be added in the course of the year. Allied Vision Technologies GmbH 49 36428/677-0 email@example.com www.alliedvisiontec.com ALL-PURPOSE SENSOR The Keyence LR-T is an ideal complement to the already solid Keyence sensor lineup with its enhanced detection stability, ease of operation, and versatility. Potentially limiting factors like target characteristics do not affect the LR-T’s detection ability allowing it to be utilized in a broad range of applications. It is also very durable and extremely user friendly making it suitable for virtually any sensing situation in any environment. The LR-T’s high level of detection ability is due to its Time of Flight (TOF) technology and custom integrated circuit. When paired together, the LR-T provides consistently stable detection over long or short distances, regardless of target surface type, color, or finish. Even environmental factors like ambient light, mist, or excessive dust will not affect the LR-T’s detection ability. Setup and operation have never been easier. The crisp and precise OLED display screen clearly shows the operator all of the important values needed for setup, calibration, and operation. Intuitive menus make navigation through functions and settings fast and simple. A large, bright indicator light that can be seen from any angle specifies the status of the sensor to the operator. Wasted time and added frustration caused by complicated menus and ambiguous buttons are now a thing of the past. Keyence Corporation of America 888-KEYENCE firstname.lastname@example.org www1.keyence.com/PRLRT IMAGING SYSTEM Photron, Inc. introduces the ultra-high-speed imaging system, the FASTCAM SA-Z, featuring 21,000 frames per second at megapixel resolution. The new SA-Z CMOS sensor provides over 2,000,000 frames per second (fps) at reduced resolution, making it possible to view previously unseen phenomenon, events, and high speed processes with excellent image quality and clarity. The enhanced global electronic shutter operates from 1-millisecond (standard) down to 159 nanoseconds (export restrictions apply), and is capable of freezing the fastest motion, without blur. Photron’s powerful ultra-high speed imaging system offers increased light sensitivity and 12-bit pixel depth (analog-to-digital converters, or ADC). Applying the reputable ISO 12232 Ssat standard, the light sensitivity measurements are ISO 25,000 for monochrome and 10,000 for color. The camera’s 20 micron-square pixel format is ideal for situations where the camera needs to rotate without sacrificing image resolution that often occurs when other aspect ratio/pixel formats are rotated. The FASTCAM SA-Z system includes Photron’s proprietary, award-winning PFV camera control/replay/editing software which can also be conveniently used to rotate the image back, in real time. The new SA-Z high speed camera has two SD card slots and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports to enable quick and easy image transfer/off load. With four onboard memory options, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB, Photron’s highest speed camera system is well-suited for ballistics, plasma and arc studies, materials science, fluidics, velocimetry, shock waves and detonics applications. Photron, Inc. | (800) 585-2129 | email@example.com | www.photron.com CAMERAS Allied Vision Technologies introduces the first six models of its new Mako camera family. The Mako is an ultra-compact digital camera for machine vision applications with a very attractive price/performance ratio. With its 29x29 mm footprint, Mako is one of the smallest cameras in the market. In spite of its small form factor and its low price, it is a true industrial camera fulfilling Allied Vision Technologies highest quality standards. Its robust metal housing is designed for high durability in tough industrial conditions. With best-in-class sensor alignment precision, Mako delivers the sharpest images to perform exact measurement and reliable inspection tasks. All new Mako models are fitted with a GigE Vision interface with a screwlock connector and power over Ethernet. They can be powered with the 24V voltage commonly used in automation machines. With four opto-coupled I/O connections (1x in, 3x out), they can be easily integrated and synchronized with other system components. Mako cameras are available with the latest CCD (Sony) and CMOS (CMOSIS) imagers. These include the versatile CMV2000 and CMV4000 sensors from CMOSIS, which feature high sensitivity, fast frame rates, low noise and a global shutter. NIR versions of these sensors are also available for applications that require optimized near-infrared sensitivity. Allied Vision Technologies | www.alliedvisiontec.com SAFETY LIGHT CURTAIN Keyence introduced its new GL-S safety light curtain. This addition to the GL series offers a versatile solution for applications where space constraints are a major factor. The GL-S also provides increased ease of use and simplified installation compared to conventional safety light curtains. Available in both front and side view models, these two designs allow the GL-S to be seamlessly installed into equipment with tight dimension restrictions. The GL-S offers a 50% reduction in overall size when compared to conventional light curtains. This reduced footprint enables the GL-S to occupy the least amount of space necessary while still delivering the highest level protection (Type 4). Highly visible, three color status indicators allow the curtain’s operational status to be easily seen from any angle. These indicators can be externally controlled to illuminate green, red, or orange in order to indicate work steps, thereby reducing the need for additional equipment. The GL-S also offers a built-in muting function, external device monitoring, and interlock function, thus eliminating the need for external devices. Keyence’s Edge-to-Edge Protection eliminates the need for additional guarding, even on L-shape and U-shape installations. Built-in mounting brackets significantly reduce installation time, while selectable wiring options make integration of the GL-S simple and straightforward. The Keyence One-line System offers up to a 77% reduction in wiring, making it the optimal choice where wiring and space restrictions are an issue. Keyence Corporation of America, (888) KEYENCE firstname.lastname@example.org IMAGING LENSES Edmund Optics® (EO) introduced its new TECHSPEC® Compact Instrumentation Imaging Lenses. New f11 and f16 lenses with 16 mm, 25 mm and 35 mm focal lengths have just been added. This newly expanded offering now includes a wide range of f-numbers to give the customer maximum flexibility to choose depth of field and throughput for the greatest variety of applications solutions. TECHSPEC Compact Instrumentation Imaging Lenses feature low lens-to-lens variation and offer a broadband anti-reflection (AR) coating for maximum light transmission. The lenses have an adjustable, lockable focus, which enables the user to set the best focus position prior to integration into instrumentation and avoid future adjustments. Each focal length of the TECHSPEC Compact Instrumentation Imaging Lenses is available in a range of f-number options, which allows the user to modify resolution, throughput and depth of field. For example, selecting a higher, slower f-number increases the depth of field in the lens, but decreases light throughput. A variety of aperture stop versions are offered to provide maximum flexibility in lens selection. TECHSPEC Compact Instrumentation Imaging Lenses are designed specifically for volume integration applications such as analytical medical devices, including bench top-based blood analyzers. These compact lenses are offered in 35 different versions, with customized f-number versions available to best suit the customer’s instrumentation applications needs. Edmund Optics | 1-800-363-1992 | www.edmundoptics.com FRAME GRABBER Machine vision engineers who are beginning to integrate one or two CoaXPress (CXP) cameras into their systems are discovering that they are limited to buying an expensive four-link frame grabber although they only plan on using a maximum of one dual-link camera or two single-link cameras. BitFlow, Inc. is providing a cost-effective alternative to four-link CoaXPress (CXP) frame grabbers with its Karbon™ CXP2, a two-link frame grabber ideal for smaller vision systems. BitFlow Karbon-CXP2 frame grabbers offer video acquisition speeds up to 6 Gigabits per second, and will send control commands and triggers at 20 Megabits per second - all over a single piece of 75 Ohm coaxial cable in lengths up to 135 meters. Additionally, a maximum 13W of power can be transmitted to camera along the cable. Engineers leveraging the Karbon-CXP2 can easily re-purpose existing coaxial infrastructure with very low installation costs, reducing system complexity and improving utilization. Karbon-CXP2 frame grabbers will support either one two-link camera or up to two single-link cameras. Other features include: • Support of CXP speeds from 1.250 to 6.250 Gb/S; • Provides power for all cameras (up to 13 Watts per camera) and Safe Power full protection from all power line faults; • Cameras are Plug and Play with automatic link speed detection; • Cameras can be accurately synchronized, or can be completely unsynchronized; • PCI Express x8 interface (also works in x16 slots); • Separate I/O for each camera; • Highly deterministic, low latency frame grabber to camera trigger • Supports simultaneous serial communications to all cameras. Adding the new Karbon-CXP2 to an application is simplified by the BitFlow SDK that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Applications can be developed using C/ C++/. NET and BitFlow’s sophisticated buffer management APIs. In addition, free drivers can be downloaded from the BitFlow web site for most 3rd party machine vision packages. Karbon models are software compatible with each other, as well as with all the other current BitFlow frame grabbers. This makes migrating applications from Camera Link or analog to CXP simple and quick. BitFlow | (781) 932-2900 | www.bitflow.com
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