IPD VA3X vision appliances provide quick setup, factory-friendly wiring and support for one or two cameras with choice of sensor resolution. Available in two versions, the VA3X offers operators choice and flexibility to satisfy their near and long-term application needs. The VA30 comes with iNspect software, while the sister VA31 version includes Sherlock. The vision appliances can be positioned alongside other automation controllers, with the benefit of small camera heads for easy mounting. The dual camera capability of the product also provides significant cost savings in multi-camera applications. The units have industrial grade I/O and external connections located on the front, and include status lights for every input and output connection to help application debugging. On the sensor side, the VA3X provides operators with many resolution choices, from presence and absence to high-precision measurements. Standard supported sensor resolutions are 640 by 480 and 1024 by 768; however, higher resolutions to 1600 by 1200 are possible.
The GC750 Gigabit Ethernet camera connects directly to the Gigabit Ethernet port on the host computer and does not require a frame grabber. The result is a low-cost alternative to analog camera/frame grabber options. The camera incorporates a scan CMOS sensor with global electronic shutter suitable for capturing high-speed motion events. The CMOS sensor used in the GC750 has excellent near IR sensitivity. The camera runs 60 frames per second at 752 by 480 resolution via a GigE Vision-compliant Gigabit Ethernet interface. The camera is available in both monochrome and color models supporting both 8- and 10-bit formats. The color version of the camera outputs fully interpolated RGB as well as Bayer 8, Bayer 16, YUV411, YUV422 and YUV444 image data. The GC750 includes external trigger and sync I/O, and an RS232 port for controlling peripheral devices. It also includes auto-iris control output for video-type auto-iris lenses.
Having a narrowly focused light beam, the Series 0507 of miniature rectangular sensors detects objects through holes and gaps, as well as closely lined-up or laterally approaching objects with distances that cannot be kept constant. The series is characterized by the small size of the sensors (5 by 7 millimeters), with a housing length of 40 millimeters. The spherical sapphire lens is scratch resistant and projects a virtually cylindrical light beam with a diameter of less than 4 millimeters, permitting vertical as well as horizontal mounting. The devices are short-circuit proof and operate in a voltage range of 10 to 30 VDC, and with an output current of up to 100 milliamperes. They are fully vacuum potted and, therefore, largely insensitive to environmental influences (IP 67).
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The Zoom 6000, 12X and Precise Eye lens systems are now available with Near Infrared (NIR) coatings. The new NIR systems are optimized for imaging in the 700 to 1,550 nanometer wavelength. These systems incorporate high resolution and sensitivity, and offer zoom magnification ranges from 0.09X to 228X or fixed magnification from 0.30X to 91X. The machine optics were developed to answer customer demand for a cost-effective NIR lens option. The lens systems are designed for a broad range of manufacturing applications including backside photomask registration, SOI bond inspection and internal silicon structure and photoemission microscopy. Field of view and magnification remain unchanged from the non-NIR systems. The flexible modular systems allow for a customized solution. Both zoom or fixed options are available with detents and apertures. The motorized Zoom 6000 NIR and 12X NIR systems facilitate automation of the inspection process beyond manual systems.
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iNspect software, version 188.8.131.52, provides a suite of machine vision inspection tools for positioning, measuring, barcode reading, 2-D matrix reading, text reading, object recognition and flaw detection. These tools are easily applied using a simple point-and-click graphical interface. The software supports a range of communication options and protocols, such as Ethernet/IP and Modbus, in addition to direct connection with popular PLCs. Advanced capabilities allow operators to interact and control external equipment before and after inspection processing.
Combining high-resolution with ultra-compact, lightweight dimensions, the CS5260 color camera can integrate into machine vision systems, and is well suited for scientific soldering control, microscopy and visualization tasks. With a 1/2-inch CCD with 768 (H) by 494 (V) effective pixels, this DSP camera has 140 different parameters that can be set via included software allowing for precise fine-tuning. The unit also has a random trigger shutter, full frame output, built-in white balance and 470 TV lines resolution, along with a standard camera link interface.
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Accu-Vu fiber optic amplifiers are engineered to provide precise, reliable operation in applications such as parts presence, label detection, error proofing and thread detection. They are available with NPN or PNP outputs and are compatible with the company’s extensive plastic cable offering. The sensors have a dual 4-digit display, one-touch auto-teach manual adjustments and built-in timer functions with ranges from 250 microseconds to 20 seconds. Additional capabilities include auto power control to maintain a constant light emission level over the life of the sensor, and operator adjustable response times as fast as 50 microseconds.
The TechSpec family of light pipe homogenizing rods is for OEM illumination needs. The rods use total internal reflection to turn a non- uniform light source into uniform illumination and deliver it to the target site. These rods are for applications where point sources such as LEDs must be combined and made to deliver even lighting. Unlike traditional square integrating rods, these rods have a hexagonal cross section. The hexagonal shape provides a better match to spherical point source wave fronts, resulting in a 35% increase in coupling efficiency, allowing these light pipes to deliver brighter illumination for a given light source.
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The Lynx family of Gigabit Ethernet cameras is now fully compliant with the GeniCam and GigE Vision interface standards. The GigE Vision compatibility allows the cameras to connect with a variety of image processing hardware and software over the network while the GeniCam compatibility ensures that those systems can fully access the features of the Lynx camera family. The cameras are available in either monochrome or color configurations, offering 8-, 10- or 12-bit pixel data under software configuration control. Electronic shutter control offers pre-exposure and double exposure and speeds as fast as 1/12,000 of a second to as long as 10 seconds. The shutters can be triggered under software control or use external trigger signals, in addition to providing programmed exposure times. Automatic iris control also is available. Operators also can control the image output, resolution, frame rate, analog or digital sensor gain and offset, and image area-of-interest using an intuitive graphical interface or simple ASCII commands. In addition, the cameras provide defective-pixel mapping and built-in gamma correction, also allowing operators to define their own look-up tables (LUT).
LED Spot Projectors are high-intensity LED spotlights designed to replace conventional halogen point-sources as well as fiber optic illumination solutions. Compact and lightweight in design, these illuminators offer long lifetimes and low power consumption when compared to traditional light sources. Available in a range of wavelengths, including red, blue, green, amber and broadband white, the projectors provide light at divergence angles of 10 or 25 degrees. The optional fiber-coupled configurations enable operators to bring light to their desired target using industry standard fiber components. These products offer the high-intensity illumination required in many machine vision, microscopy and biomedical applications.