Quality Magazine

Vol. 4 No. 11

August 13, 2009

Vision & Sensors

Volume 4, Issue 11

In this issue of Vision & Sensors UPDATE: 

News: Dalsa's Chamberlain Announces Transition Plans

- Blog: Learning with Lecky: Real-Time Linux

Web Exclusive: Top 10 Machine Vision Improvement Opportunities

Vision & Sensors e-Sponsor:   


Featuring your choice of Sony ICX618, ICX445, and ICX285 EXview HAD CCD sensors, the Prosilica GC660, GC1290, and GC1380 line up offers a full range of choices for high sensitivity GigE requirements. Cost-conscious, lightweight, and compact, they serve endless purposes.

• 14 bit A/D for high dynamic range

• More than 30 fps at full-resolution

• Progressive scan global shutter


Northwire Names New President

OSCEOLA, WI - Northwire Inc., Technical Cable, has named Michael Conger the company's new president. He replaces Mark Kravik, who will be chairman of the board. LEARN MORE ShareThis

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Edmund Optics

Edmund Optics (EO) introduces their GigE CMOS Machine Vision Cameras. The progressive scan cameras feature an adjustable frame rate via binning, subsampling or Area of Interest (AOI). They are equipped with a wide variety of features that are designed to make machine vision easy. Each camera includes a software interface that allows operators to set up a specified AOI, gain, exposure time, frame rate, trigger delay and even digital output (flash) delay and duration. MORE


e2v Partners with Pleora

OTTAWA, CANADA - e2v, a designer and manufacturer of industrial imaging sensors and cameras, and Pleora Technologies Inc., provider of video connectivity solutions, announced a partnership agreement whereby e2v will employ Pleora's iPORT eBUS Universal and Optima Drivers to communicate with e2v's industrial inspection cameras featuring Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interfaces. LEARN MORE  ShareThis



Ned LeckyLearning with Lecky: Real-Time Linux

by Ned Lecky

This stuff is not for the tiny embedded systems that many of us work on every day, but for the next level up in performance and capability, Linux is an awfully appealing option. ShareThis




Dalsa's Chamberlain Announces Transition Plans

Adept Technology Expands Distribution Channel in Japan

Baumer Enters Cognex Acquisition Alliance


Sept. 22-24    
Quality Expo, Rosemont, IL. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200. www.qualitymag.com

Sept. 28 - Oct. 1           
Aero & Defense Test, Baltimore, MD. Leading Edge Events & Media Ltd., (800) 913-5022.

Oct. 3-7                
Infusion 2009, San Antonio, TX. InfinityQS, (703) 961-0200.

Oct. 19-23           
ASNT Fall Conference & Quality Testing Show, Columbus, OH. The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), (800) 222-2768. www.asnt.org

Oct. 25-29          
MS&T 2009, Pittsburgh, PA. The American Ceramic Society, (607) 533-7000.

Nov. 3-5           
Vision 2009, Stuttgart, Germany. Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH, +49 (0)711 185600. www.messe-stuttgart.de/vision  


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Allied Vision Technologies Signs New Distribution Agreement in Turkey

AHRENSBURG, GERMANY - Allied Vision Technologies (AVT) has announced a further expansion of its international distribution network. The manufacturer of digital cameras for industrial and scientific image processing applications has signed a distribution contract with E3TAM, a machine vision company based in Istanbul, Turkey. E3TAM is now in charge of sales of the full AVT product range in Turkey, including the full FireWire and Prosilica GigE Vision digital camera program. LEARN MORE ShareThis


Vision Show Focuses on System Integrators

STUTTGART, GERMANY - There was a great response last year to the Application Park that was staged for the first time during Vision, a trade fair for machine vision and identification technologies. Vision 2009 will include an Integration Area that will be situated around the Application Park in Hall 4. It will provide system integrators and solution suppliers with an attractive and clearly demarcated exhibition area. LEARN MORE ShareThis

Smart Cameras Get Smarter
by Bradley Weber

Smart cameras provide many benefits in an array of applications, including 1-D and 2-D code reading, robot guidance, assembly verification and package inspection. Each of these applications is well suited for smart cameras because in each scenario the smart camera must perform independently of other application processes-using a processor dedicated to image analysis-to carefully perform inspections and ensure that no defect is missed. With this design, a smart camera can capture an image and notify a reject mechanism, when necessary, in a reliable and deterministic manner.  READ MORE ShareThis

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image1 Top 10 Machine Vision Improvement Opportunities
As the global manufacturing market continues to get more competitive, it is important to ensure that the factory is running at a peak level of efficiency. Any downtime due to process related malfunctions is considered nonvalue-added downtime directly impacting company profitability. Machine vision is an area that, if set up correctly, can reduce process inefficiencies. If the facility uses machine vision as robot guidance or inspection, there is always an area of improvement that can be investigated. continue Top 10 ShareThis



Machine Vision 101: Light Intensity
by Daryl Martin and John Merva

Historically, the primary goal for machine vision lighting has been to provide maximum intensity for minimum initial cost. To achieve this goal, early vision lights typically comprised simple commercial-grade incandescent or fluorescent white light sources. In the late 1980s quartz-halogen based fiber-optic and high-frequency fluorescent lights, specifically designed for vision applications, replaced those early simple sources and provided for a more stable and controlled lighting environment. The commercial practice of specifying light intensity in photometric units, based on various models, was used and has persisted to this day, even after the introduction of monochrome LED-based vision lighting in the mid 1990s. LEARN MORE  ShareThis


Immaculate Test Results

Because the market for insulation glass is highly competitive, customers are guaranteed replacement glass panels even when there is only a small flaw. Manufacturers face high transport and replacement costs, particularly if the defect is only identified after delivery. Additionally, undue waiting times may displease customers. Therefore, reliable, fully automated in-production quality control is highly desirable. Up to now, glass inspection has usually been performed manually because previous machine vision solutions did not meet the requirements or were too costly. This problem can be solved by means of a new testing station developed by the Berlin-based company OB Vision, which can be integrated into insulation glass production lines. LEARN MORE  ShareThis


Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business. He discusses his time in front of the committee, as well as what specific government plans are helping, and can help, the manufacturing industry.

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