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GigE camera for machine vision

9th December 2005

The Genie-M640 camera.
DALSA-Coreco's Genie Gigabit Ethernet cameras are affordable, easy to use digital cameras specifically engineered for industrial imaging applications.

Represented in Australia by Adept Electronic Solutions, the Genie-M640 takes full advantage of Gigabit Ethernet technology, transmitting data over standard CAT-5e and CAT-6 cables to distances of up to 100m.

Like all GigE cameras, the M640 is based on pending AIA (Automated Imaging Association) GigE Vision Standard to directly link the camera to a PC.

The Genie-M640 uses a CCD, monochrome sensor with a resolution of 640 x 480. Operating at a maximum of 60 frames a second, all Genie cameras are supported by DALSA-Coreco's Sapera LT software libraries.

Sapera LT has been field proven in tens of thousands industrial applications. As soon as the Genie is connected to the system, auto discovery automatically identifies the camera and communicates all of the supported features to the Sapera environment greatly facilitating system set-up and configuration.

The Dalsa-Coreco Genie series of cameras combines standard Gigabit Ethernet technology with DALSA-Coreco's Trigger-to-Image Reliability framework to dependably capture and transfer images from the camera to the host PC.

Trigger-to-Image Reliability (T2IR) is a proprietary engineering design framework that ensures the reliability of the image acquisition system by supplying the key design elements needed to:

  1. Secure the image acquisition process
  2. Permit error identification, and
  3. Provide a recovery mechanism if and when errors do occur

Genie-M640 key features:

  • Compact, digital camera for industrial and medical imaging.
  • Uses standard PC and server Ethernet ports & hardware.
  • Facilitates cable lengths up to 100m (CAT-5e or CAT-6).
  • Simplified set-up with field proven Sapera LT software featuring CamExpert 5.0.
  • Engineered with DALSA Coreco's Trigger-to-Image Reliability framework

Analogue cameras perform digitisation externally (i.e. frame grabber), while in digital cameras the digitisation takes place in the camera. The benefits of in-camera digitisation include better signal to noise ratios as well as superior image accuracy.

Deep-cooled, high-sensitivity digital CCD camera

6th December 2005

Features iGlo technology.
THE QImaging Retiga-SRV CCD digital camera, available from Adept Electronic Solutions, has been specially engineered for low-light, high-speed, high-sensitivity applications.

A three-stage Peltier device and an all-metal, hermetic-vacuum-sealed CCD chamber provide state-of-the-art cooling to -30C. The camera's software-selectable, regulated cooling enables precise control in single-degree increments.

The Retiga-SRV features a 1.4-megapixel CCD providing highly detailed and sharp features also a 12-bit digital output makes the Retiga-SRV ideal for automated imaging applications.

The Retiga-SRV uses IEEE 1394 (firewire) interface for enhanced connectivity and noise-shielding performance.

By using a firewire interface, the Retiga-SRV is simple to install and easy to use. Firewire also enables remote use with laptop connectivity and the ability to use multiple cameras from the same port.

Additionally, the camera comes with iGlo technology, which features an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display that provides users with key information about camera settings in a convenient, ergonomic way.

The Retiga-SRV allows users to select from a large selection of life science and industrial software for microscopy, machine vision and video-streaming.

The Retiga-SRV CCD digital camera is suitable for a range of scientific applications, such as quantitative fluorescence microscopy, FRET, Live-Cell, fluorescent protein imaging, ratiometric analysis (Ca2+, pH, etc.), whole animal fluorescence, FRAP and FISH.

PCI-Express frame grabber

2nd December 2005

CORECO'S X64-CL Express is a Camera Link frame grabber that is based on the PCI Express interface - next generation bus interface technology for the host PC. It is available from Adept Electronic Solutions.

PCI-Express is a serial digital interface technology that is specifically designed to offer dedicated bandwidth to each plug-in device while reducing the PCB design complexity.

As a part of its standard features set, the X64-CL Express offers an FPGA based image processor called the Re-loadable Processing Engine (RPE).

Fast and efficient, the RPE frees up the host CPU from performing tasks such as shading correction and Bayer decoding, while delivering images that can be readily used by demanding vision applications without further pre-processing.

The X64-CL Express features input lookup tables for Base and Medium monochrome and colour RGB cameras.

Available for 8, 10 and 12-bit area and line scan cameras, the iLUTs are dynamically loadable and are fully user programmable.

The input lookup tables can be used for such tasks as image thresholding, gamma correction or pixel format conversion and simplifying subsequent image processing steps.

Features include:

  • Half-length PCI Express x1 Board
  • Supports Windows 64-bit OS
  • Simultaneous acquisition from two Camera Link Base cameras
  • FPGA based processing including Bayer decoding and shading correction
  • Supports Coreco's field proven Trigger-to-Image Reliability framework
  • Acquisition pixel clock rates up to 85MHz
  • Low-cost/high performance.

Its low cost, combined with its ability to reformat input data from multi-tap area and linescan cameras make the X64-CL Express an ideal solution to a wide variety of cost-sensitive applications where flexibility, performance and reliability cannot be compromised.
November

High quality Firewire camera family

24th November 2005

PIKE series Firewire 1394b camera.
ALLIED Vision Technology, represented in Australia by Adept Electronic Solutions, has released their new high performance PIKE series Firewire 1394b cameras.

The AVT PIKE camera family is equipped with an IEEE1394b-S800 interface, as well as high-quality CCD sensors ranging from 640 x 480 to 2048 x 2048 pixels in colour and monochrome.

The PIKE series is designed for the most demanding applications with high sensitivity and true-to-life colour reproduction.

A copper daisy chain connection or 1x copper combined with 1x GOF (fibre) is available as an option. This not only saves costs in multi-camera operations but also makes it possible to use up to 500 metres of fibre cable.

The direct fiber technology of the PIKE in the GOF version also provides for equalisation of potential and EMV-independence.

Due to its IEEE1394b interface, the PIKE provides up to 62.5MB/s, a far greater bandwidth compared to the IEEE1394a interface.

Combined with a number of smart features, the PIKE guarantees high performance in PC-based image processing. The integrated image pre-processing of the PIKE not only reduces demands on PC computer power, but also cuts system costs by eliminating the need for frame grabbers.

The PIKE is backwards compatible with all existing IEEE1394 firewire interfaces, so it is possible to integrate the PIKE to an existing Firewire network with little hardware and software change needed.

Compact Firewire cameras

23rd November 2005

Ultra-compact GUPPY Firewire camera.
ADEPT Electronic Solution's Firewire camera partners, Allied Vision Technology, has introduced the new GUPPY camera family to their range of Firewire cameras.

With twelve camera models, the GUPPY series sets a new standard in the world of digital imaging.

The extensive AVT range of Firewire cameras is set to offer the right solution for nearly any conceivable vision application.

The GUPPY is available in an ultra-compact body for use in tight spaces and is fitted with a C-mount for use with industrial lenses.

A selection of high-quality, sensitive sensors (CCD, CMOS) help the GUPPY provide outstanding image quality and true color.

Two additional ultra-sensitive interlaced versions (EIA, CCIR) make it even more attractive to switch from analogue to digital image processing.

The GUPPY is suited to a wide range of applications.

GigE - camera interface standard for machine vision

1st November 2005

Designed to simplify the deployment of machine vision in industrial applications.
GIGE (Gigabit Ethernet) is a standard that has been developed by a committee of machine vision industry representatives.

GigE is a flexible machine vision specific standard.

GigE is a high speed, one Gigabit version of Ethernet, the world's dominant LAN connection protocol.

It has been designed to provide greater flexibility for high performance machine vision applications.

GigE is set to offer an alternative to the IEEE 1394 standard (firewire). Firewire was developed with multimedia applications in order to transfer video and pictures from digital cameras and digital video cameras at high speeds. It was adopted as a machine vision standard because it was the only high speed connection available.

However GigE presents far more flexibility, reliability and is a machine vision specific standard.

The GigE standard will benefit the industry and users by:

  • Speeding time-to-market - GigE allows for seamless inter-working between machine vision hardware and machine vision software products. This will greatly reduce the tedious, time-consuming multi-vendor integration issues that slow down the machine vision industry.
  • Increasing R&D resources for customer applications - A Machine Vision standard will greatly reduce the dollars taken from innovation budgets to build interfaces to proprietary products. This results in more money for projects that bring direct results to the customer.
  • Opening new applications markets - By leveraging economical, well understood commercial technology such as GigE switches, GigE network interface chips, GigE cards and standard Cat-5 copper cabling, machine vision systems are more affordable and easier to use.

Through a general-purpose GigE standard, value is added to a wide range of machine vision applications, including industrial inspection and control, medical imaging, intelligent traffic monitoring, surveillance, digital cinema and many others.

To accommodate this broad applications scope, GigE has been designed with ample room for innovation.

Adept Electronic Solutions, specialists in machine vision and image acquisition, can help companies to find out how GigE cameras can be used in specific machine vision applications.

October

Gigabit Ethernet camera with 4.2-megapixel resolution

27th October 2005

Features an integrated GUI (graphical user interface).
JAI PULNiX's newest dual-tap AccuPiXEL machine vision camera, the TM-4100GE, offers an exceptionally high resolution of 4.2 million pixels.

The TM-4100GE's dual-tap architecture allows it to fully exploit its state-of-the-art Kodak KAI-4021 imager capabilities, producing a full resolution 2048 (h) x 2048 (v) image at 15fps. It is available from Adept Electronics Pty Ltd.

The imager has a high charge conversion of 32µV/photon yielding exceptional light sensitivity compared to other megapixel imagers.

Partial scanning allows frame rates of up to 80fps at reduced vertical resolution. The TM-4100GE's Gigabit Ethernet digital interface allows the user to easily harness this high-end performance without bulky or expensive cables.

The video may be transmitted up to 100M using standard Cat5E cables. The TM-4100GE features full asynchronous reset with electronic shutter up to 1/16,000 sec or pulse-width exposure control.

The TM-4100GE includes all of the attributes and capabilities that have made the AccuPiXEL line of cameras so popular, including modular configuration, compact size, and JAI PULNiX's patented LUT (look-up table).

The LUT provides fast 10-bit to 8-bit pre-processing for effective image-feature enhancement. An integrated GUI (graphical user interface) allows easy serial control of all camera functions.

The TM-4100GE's compact size (50.8mm x 50.8mm x 81.5mm) and relatively low mass make it attractive for a wide variety of applications. These include machine vision, medical imaging, intelligent transportation systems, high-definition graphics, gauging, character recognition, documents archiving and surveillance.

X-ray diagnostic and inspection processor

7th October 2005

Capable of capturing high resolution images.
X-RAY imaging has proven itself an invaluable inspection and diagnostic tool for medical imaging and for a wide variety of applications such as food inspection, security, and the manufacturing process.

Adept Electronics Pty Ltd's XRI-1200 is a PC based real-time digital image processor board specifically engineered for demanding X-ray imaging applications.

X-ray images often contain motion artifacts and exhibit low contrast, high-noise characteristics - the XRI-1200 performs adaptive image processing to reduce noise in both still and dynamic images significantly improving image quality and contrast.

The XRI-1200 is capable of capturing high resolution images from a wide variety of sensors such as CCD, CMOS, and Flat Panel Detectors as well as other linear array sources.

Capable of handling 10, 12 and 14-bit images and supporting up to 50 frames per second, the XRI-1200 features an FPGA-based image processing engine that performs real-time digital image processing in three dynamic stages, improving measurement and diagnostic accuracy.

Designed for rapid system integration, the XRI-1200 comes bundled with easy-to-use software application development tools and utilities.

The XRI-SDK (Software Development Toolkit) is bundled with the XRI-1200. A complete Microsoft Windows compatible C++ library for image acquisition and digital image processor control is provided.

The XRI-SDK includes easy-to-use tools, utilities and installation scripts to allow rapid application development, diagnosis and deployment.

Intuitive and flexible, the XRI-SDK imaging libraries permit users to control all aspects of the image acquisition process and image storage both on the local and host computers.

Vision Appliances at AUSPACK 2005

6th October 2005

VISION Appliances are the latest technology for automated inspection. These devices increase the power and reduce the complexity of vision systems.

Adept Electronic Solutions (AES) will showcase the iPD Vision Appliances at AUSPACK 2005.

Visit AES at stand 286, from October 11-October 14, at Olympic Park, Sydney.

Designed for the factory floor and to be used by maintenance personnel with little training, Vision Appliances provide solutions to applications such as label placement, quality verification and inspection, package assembly, barcode reading, OCR, OCV and many others.

Expert vision engineers will be on had at AUSPACK to demonstrate the power, flexibility and ease of use of the Vision Appliances with demonstrations of typical packaging applications.

Adept Electronic Solutions is a specialist in machine vision. They supply a wide range of machine vision products including lenses, lighting, accessories and vision systems.

With offices on the east and eest coast of Australia and with a network of alliance systems integrators located right around Australia and New Zealand, AES can provide solutions that work with expert local support.

High-speed digital camera control software

5th October 2005

Features extremely long recording times.
ADEPT Electronic Solutions Pty Ltd's Lightning RDT camera combines high-speed digital video, intuitive camera control software and powerful analytical functions with the capabilities of an 'off-the-shelf' PC.

The camera provides an integrated, high-speed imaging system, with sufficient performance and flexibility to address a wide range of motion analysis requirements.

The Lightning RDT consists of a small camera head, detachable cable and custom frame grabber board.

It captures 1280 x 1024 resolution images at 500 full frames per second (fps). A very fast 16,000 fps can be achieved at reduced resolution for recording extremely rapid events. The frame grabber can be installed into virtually any 'off-the-shelf' PC with no special PC requirements.

Lightning RDT is available with interchangeable camera heads for monochrome, colour and low-light recording, allowing a single system the ability to record high-speed events in many different situations.

The camera features extremely long recording times to capture extended duration events, such as vehicle rollovers and missile flights.

Optional expanded memory is available to extend recording times and to capture long high image sequences at full resolution without compression and loss of quality.

The Lightning RDT is bundled with MiDAS 2.0 software from Xcitex Inc, enabling operators to easily control up to 16 cameras simultaneously, perform vital motion analysis and save digital video data in a variety of different file formats, including AVI, BMP, JPEG and TIFF.

Optional MiDAS 2.0 modules provide the synchronisation of high-speed video with instrumentation data from a wide variety of sensors, gauges, tachometers, IRIG/GPS encoders and other devices.

September

Turbocharged machine vision system

20th September 2005

Acquires images from multiple camera ports simultaneously.
THE 'M' series NetSight II products provide a level of performance and flexibility that is unparalleled in a compact machine vision system.

This low power, turbocharged system is form and fit compatible with its predecessor, but includes more features and is capable of delivering up to three times the overall performance. It is available from Adept Electronic Solutions Pty Ltd.

Fully equipped to interface with the latest machine vision camera technologies, NetSight II M allows the user to customise their system configuration to best suit the application and operating environment.

The cost-effective NetSight II M is available in two standard systems that have been uniquely designed to meet various application requirements.

The MCA version offers tremendous flexibility in camera input connections, from standard analogue (x3), to IEEE 1394 (x3), USB (x2) and GigE inputs.

System resources allow the user to acquire images from different or multiple camera ports simultaneously.

The sister DCL version is more specialised when it comes to camera interfacing. Based on the popular Camera Link interface standard, the DCL is well suited for applications requiring line scan or large area scan format cameras. Two asynchronous Camera Link connections are available.

Sherlock (advanced vision software) gives the tools and capabilities at a user's fingertips to apply to a diverse range of inspection tasks. Sherlock is widely recognised throughout the industry, with thousands of installations worldwide.

Alternatively, if a user's wishes to develop their own custom application, either using Dalsa Coreco's Sapera product or their own favorite vision library, NetSight II M provides the low-level functions required to access the individual hardware components.

Machine vision lighting suppliers

16th September 2005

Light types are available for all machine vision applications.
ADEPT Electronic Solutions (AES) has added the CCS range of machine vision LED lighting to its existing lighting range.

CCS offers lighting solutions that are an essential part of the machine vision process. AES now supplies both North East robotics machine vision lighting and CCS machine vision LED lighting.

Brodie McCulloch, Adept's marketing executive says this will enable a greater selection of lighting to existing and new AES customers providing new levels of choice and flexibility in finding the ideal light for their vision applications.

CCS was established in 1993 and launched as a developer of machine vision systems then moved on to the research and development of lighting.

The CCS machine vision LED lighting range includes a comprehensive list of light types for all machine vision applications.

Fast gigabit Ethernet camera

9th September 2005

Includes automatic dual-channel compensation.
JAI PULNiX's newest dual-tap AccuPiXEL offering, the TM-6740GE machine vision camera, boasts up to 200 frames per second at full resolution and partial scan and binning modes for up to 3205 frames per second. The TM-6740GE is available from Adept Electronic Solutions Pty Ltd.

This 1/3" VGA-format progressive scan camera is based on the state-of-the-art Kodak KAI-0340 CCD imager.

The camera's 640(H) x 480(V) resolution imager has 7.4µm square pixels. It also features both analogue and gigabit Ethernet output that is 8-bit or 10-bit software selectable.

The TM-6740GE features full asynchronous reset with electronic shutter up to 1/64,000s or pulse-width exposure control, which allows triggered image capture and processing.

The TM-6740GE's integrated API and dual-tap AccuPiXEL GUI allow the user to be up and running in minutes. The GUI gives the user control of all camera settings and acquisition modes, including gain, A/D reference, partial scan, and binning.

Changes in the camera's acquisition modes trigger automatic updates to the API for easy image acquisition. CPU usage is only a few percent, thanks to the TCP/IP offload engine.

All of this high performance is available in a miniature 50.8mm x 50.8mm x 85.1mm housing.

Other features include automatic dual-channel compensation and a built-in pattern generator.

Applications for the TM-6740GE include machine vision, medical imaging, intelligent transportation systems, high-definition graphics, gauging, character recognition, robotics and surveillance.

This camera is available in a monochrome format (TM-6740GE) or with a Bayer CFA (TMC-6740GE).

Monochrome double-speed camera

2nd September 2005

Equipped with a pulse width control mode.
ADEPT Electronic Solutions has introduced the CV-M30 updated 1/2" monochrome CCD digital camera, which has a new CCD sensor and new specifications. The camera operates with double speed scanning, with horizontal and vertical frequencies double the speed of a standard camera.

The image-capturing speed of the CV-M30 has also doubled. The camera is designed for industrial video sensing applications. It also offers a partial scanning mode for higher frame rates. The partial scanning is with full horizontal scanning and 50% or 33% in the vertical direction.

The camera is also equipped with a pulse width control mode, where the accumulation time is controlled by the low period of the external trigger. All functions of the CV-M30 are accessible from the switch block on the rear panel.

August

New addition to AccuPiXEL range - TM-6740CL

18th August 2005

Has both analogue and digital Camera Link dual-tap output.
JAI Pulnix's newest addition to the AccuPiXEL range, the TM-6740CL, boasts up to 200 frames per second at full resolution and generates up to 3205 frames per second in partical scan and binning modes. This device is available from Adept Electronic Solutions.

This 1/3'' VGA-format progressive scan camera is based on the state-of-the-art Kodak KAI-0340 CCD imager and has a resolution of 640(H) x 480(V), while the imager has 7.4 inches per square pixels.

It also has both analogue and digital Camera Link dual-tap output that is 8-bit or 10-bit software selectable. The video is optimised by JAI Pulnix's exclusive, patent-pending built-in look-up table (8-bit only), which permits maximum dynamic range control.

The TM-6740CL features full asynchronous reset with electronic shutter up to 1/64,000s or pulse-width exposure control that allows triggered image capture and processing. It also has a read-out-inhibit control, which makes multiple-camera applications possible.

All of this high performance is available in a miniature 50.8mm x 50.8mm x 85.1mm housing. Other features of the TM-6740CL include a software GUI, automatic dual-channel compensation and a built-in pattern generator.

Suitable applications for the TM-6740CL include machine vision, medical imaging, intelligent transportation systems, high-definition graphics, gauging, character recognition, robotics and surveillance.

This camera is available in a monochrome format (TM-6740CL) or with a Bayer CFA (TMC-6740CL).

July

Low-cost frame grabber

21 July 2005

Supports a wide range of cameras and formats.
DALSA Coreco, represented in Australia by Adept Electronic Solutions, has released the X64-CL iPRO frame grabber. It is capable of acquiring images from two independent base or one medium camera link and performing image transfers at rates up to 528MB/s.

It can support multiple tap configurations from both area and linescan cameras simultaneously. Its low cost and its onboard FPGA-based processing make it suitable for cost-sensitive applications which require flexibility, performance and reliability.

It supports a wide range of cameras and formats and can be configured with two base mono CL inputs or one base mono CL input and one RGB CL input. It has an acquisition pixel clock rate of up to 85MHz and an onboard quadrature shaft encoder input.

It is supported by DALSA Coreco's Sapera software and has drivers for Windows and Linux.

Machine vision workshop

19 July 2005

ADEPT Electronic Solutions (AES) plans to hold a workshop on machine vision on 17 August in Sydney.

The workshop will feature the new Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interface for machine vision cameras.

Keynote speaker will be Gunnar Jonson, global sales/technical manager at JAI A-S Denmark, who will present the new GigE technology and demonstrate three new GigE cameras from PULNiX. Jonson will also present other new products and discuss technical issues such as the sensors used in PULNiX cameras.

Other talks during the day will cover the latest camera technology, how to apply lighting and optics, the use of various software and share applications stories.

The workshop will be held on 17 August in Sydney, between 9am and 4pm. adept@adept.net.au

Optical inspection appliance

15 July 2005

Designed to simplify the deployment of machine vision in industrial applications.
ADEPT Electronic Solutions has released the iNspect optical inspection appliance, designed for high-speed applications requiring single or multiple views of a part. It includes all required software, hardware, user interface, I/O controls and communications interfaces resident in the product.

Designed to simplify the deployment of machine vision in industrial applications.

The complexity associated with synchronising multiple inspections is resolved internally, providing a reliable and cost-effective solution. It is a pre-packaged solution designed to simplify the deployment of machine vision in industrial applications.

The interface allows users to initiate and create custom inspections in minutes. The system has been designed for use by manufacturing engineers. No extensive training or complicated setup is required, although training is offered. Also included with iNspect is the ability to define a custom front-end interface to further simplify use.

Firewire cameras for industrial and scientific applications

5th July 2005
The F145 has a 1.4-megapixel sensor and the F201 has a two-megapixel sensor.

ALLIED Vision Technology, has released the Dolphin series of Firewire cameras for industrial and scientific applications.

Two models are available. The F145 has a 1.4-megapixal sensor and the F201 has a two-megapixel sensor. Both models are available in colour or monochrome versions. The 2/3-inch sensors in the AVT Dolphin series offer high sensitivity, high dynamic range and 12-bit digitisation with 10-bit output giving guaranteed high quality images.

The Dolphin cameras have internal memory for 16 image buffers to decouple frame-grabbing from transmission. They also have an external trigger input, general digital inputs and outputs, real-time shading correction, onboard colour conversion, true partial scan for higher frame rates, 63 programmable look up tables, and flexible shutter control.

The cameras provide high image quality with flexible and broad control.

2005 Archive
  • GigE camera for machine vision
  • Deep-cooled, high-sensitivity digital CCD camer
  • PCI-Express frame grabber
  • High quality Firewire camera family
  • Compact Firewire cameras
  • GigE - camera interface standard for machine vision
  • Gigabit Ethernet camera with 4.2-megapixel resolution
  • X-ray diagnostic and inspection processor
  • Vision Appliances at AUSPACK 2005
  • High-speed digital camera control software
  • Turbocharged machine vision system
  • Machine vision lighting suppliers
  • Fast gigabit Ethernet camera
  • Monochrome double-speed camera
  • New addition to AccuPiXEL range - TM-6740CL
  • Low-cost frame grabber
  • Machine vision workshop
  • Optical inspection appliance
  • Firewire cameras for industrial and scientific applications
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