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Single camera vision appliance - iPD VA15

3th December 2006

The VA15 defines a new standard for entry level machine vision solutions. This low-cost, full-featured product, equipped with CCD sensor, combines performance, ease-of-use and flexible integration capabilities to tackle a broad range of industrial applications.

Unlike its traditional smart camera counterparts, the VA15 incorporates the smarts inside the camera controller, as opposed to the camera head. This has the dual benefit of easier integration, since it can be positioned in a chassis alongside other automation controllers, and smaller camera size, thus making it suitable for tight-fit applications. The separate sensor also allows the designer to choose from a large number of alternatives to suit the application.

Interfacing the VA15 is a snap. The unit is fully equipped with industrial grade inputs and outputs that are wired using removable screw terminal connectors. A visible LED light is coupled to each connection that reflects the active state of the signal. The I/O, together with all external interfaces, is conveniently accessible on the front of the unit facing the user.

Easy-to-use application software (iNspect) is preinstalled and ready to run, thus eliminating installation and revision control problems. iNspect is revolutionary in its power and simplicity, and un-skilled operators can learn how to use it in a matter of minutes. The unit is accessed and setup through a standard Ethernet link from a laptop or PC on the local network. Once configured, the unit runs autonomously, and inspections can be monitored remotely from any computer with access privileges.

The VA15 inspection toolset is well equipped and suitable for a range of quality control applications, including assembly verification, part identification, measurements, flaw detection and object location.

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iDS uEye CMOS cameras ideal for industrial use

27th November 2006

The new iDS uEye CMOS cameras are ultra-compact cameras with USB 2.0 interface for industrial use. The iDS uEye CMOS cameras are equipped with high quality sensors, industrial Design, C-Mount, a standard USB interface, and additionally, a screwable USB connector, which offers trigger input and digital output signals. The iDS uEye CMOS cameras are ready for professional use.

With its USB 2.0 architecture, the cameras are ideally suited for use with PC, notebook and embedded systems in image processing and factory automation.

 

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Progressive Scan Camera

20 November 2006

THE JAI CV-M71 CL uses the latest generation of RGB primary Bayer mosaic progressive scan 1/2" CCD sensors with 782 x 582 pixels resolution (SVGA).

The 1/2" format has the advantage of a large pixel size (8.3?m x 8.3µm), which results in higher sensitivity.

The camera outputs 24 bits RGB via Camera Link. Alternatively, it can output 8 or 10 bit raw Bayer images for host based colour interpolation.

The standard asynchronous trigger mode makes it ideal for a wide range of industrial vision and ITS applications.

Setup is by Windows NT/2000/XP software via RS-232C or Camera Link.

Available from Adept Machine Vision, the CV-M71 is especially well suited for colour inspection, especially in such fields as food and agriculture and in printing-verification applications.

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Dalsa iPD VA50 released

18th October 2006

The high end series of Dalsa iPD vision appliances have been released. Dalsa iPD have created the new vision appliance technology with the aim of providing vision systems that are high performance, easy-to-use and cost effective. Dalsa iPD will redefine the price/performance/ease-of-use proposition in the automated inspection industry.

Dalsa iPD compact, robust, high performance devices have everything built-in and so eliminate the need for extra devices such as PLC's for reject control, opto-isolation, laptops for setup and other complementary devices often required by competitive vision systems.

VA50 provides end users and system integrators with a high performance, compact machine vision solution for line scan and high resolution area scan applications. VA50 is designed for tasks such as cylindrical unwrapping when imaging the surface of a cylindrical product being rotated in front of the camera large format imaging for extra high resolutions at a cost effective price web applications such as products on a moving conveyor or roll products such as paper, textile and plastic sheet.


The VA50 provides multiple camera inputs that allow you to image and inspect from two different cameras simultaneously. The VA50 will connect to a wide selection of cameralink cameras that can be either area scan or line scan and will support up to 8096 pixel line scan cameras. The VA50 provides the timing Inputs and Outputs for synchronizing the cameras to the speed of the moving part or surface.


The 24V compatible I/O is broken out to removable screw terminal connectors or opto-isolation modules. The VA50 is equipped with standard RS232 serial and Ethernet interfaces for communicating with other automation devices, management systems or connecting into the factory networks. Several popular standard industrial protocols such as Modbus are supported. Setup on the VA50 is done locally with keyboard, mouse, and monitor attached to the unit. All physical connections are located on the VA50 rear panel, with status lights available on the front.


Application setup software is preinstalled and ready to run, thus eliminating installation and revision control problems. For maximum flexibility, the VA50 is supported by Sherlock inspection software; a powerful and proven tool that has been used in thousands of installations worldwide. Sherlock is point-and-click and requires no programming expertise, however allows for a full programming type environment with control loops, variables, subroutines etc.

VA50 allows very fast development and so significantly reduces development times and cost. Sherlock's configurable interface allows you to quickly prototype, benchmark and deploy inspection solutions. In addition to its extensive library of preprocessors and machine vision algorithms, Sherlock supports inline scripting, user custom tools and a customizable operator interface.

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New C-mount cameras

24th September 2006

The AVT PIKE F-100B (b/w) and AVT PIKE F-100C (color) are smart and fast IEEE 1394b (S800) C-mount cameras, equipped with a highly-sensitive KODAK 2/3" progressive scan CCD sensor.

The camera offers 2 data ports (Daisy Chain), an external asynchronous trigger shutter and operates in 14-bit mode. At full image resolution, the AVT PIKE F-100B/C offers up to 48fps and is suited for fast applications in industrial image processing and product automation. The extensive built-in image processing possibilities (image pre-processing) result in outstanding image quality, reduced retouching, less load on the system and higher performance overall.

In the 'Fiber' version of the PIKE, 1 port is configured as a GOF connection (LC, MMF, 850nm), which provides up to 500m cable length, 100% immunity to EMI and a perfect electrical isolation.

The integrated Smart Functions take over essential functions of the frame-grabber, which is compensated for by use of the PIKE. The PIKE can be easily integrated into existing applications thanks to its powerful and flexible SDKs for Windows and Linux.

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New 4M60 stop action camera from Dalsa

18th September 2006

Dalsa has released a new 4 megapixel 4M60 stop action camera.

The new 4M60 SA delivers 4 megapixel resolution at up to 62 frames per second in 8 or 10 bits. With windowing for even higher frame rates, the 4M60 SA is ideal for automated electronics and semiconductor inspection, intelligent traffic systems, and general machine vision applications.
A new member to Dalsa's existing Stop Action camera line, the 4M60 eliminates the imaging issues often associated with full frame, frame transfer, or rolling shutter cameras, such as smearing or time displacement artifacts. The 4M60 global shutter feature provides short shutter times to freeze motion blur.

The sensor used in the 4M60 is designed and manufactured by Dalsa, who has made use of its long experience with CCD and CMOS technology to produce a such a high performance CMOS sensor.
Fully programmable with a base or medium camera link interface, the 4M60 camera incorporates vertical windowing, exposure control, gain and offset adjustment, and 1000x antiblooming. Additionally, the camera's powerful flat field correction creates individual gain and offset coefficients for each pixel.
Features of the 4M60 include 62fps, global non-rolling electronic shutter with exposure control, Flat field correction, 1000x antiblooming, and faster frame rates through vertical windowing.

The 4M60 camera is ideal for applications requiring high speed, superior image quality, and high responsivity. Applications include: AOI, pick and place, and solder paste inspection for electronics manufacturing; high resolution web print inspection; packaging inspection; intelligent traffic systems; and general machine vision.

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Machine vision software development kit

13th September 2006

SAPERA Essential is a machine vision software toolkit from Adept Electronic Solutions that combines board level acquisition and control with image processing tools to provide developers with the critical functionality to design, develop, and deploy high-performance applications.

Sapera Essential offers quick and easy access to software functions to control image acquisition, manage image memory and facilitate image processing and analysis tasks. Sapera Essential includes powerful board configuration and camera set-up utilities plus a suite of image processing tools including all of the basic imaging tools and a new pattern finding package employing correlation and geometric pattern finding algorithms, along with versatile Barcode and Blob Analysis functions.

Key Features:

* Cost-effective Machine Vision software libraries for image acquisition, processing and analysis

* Advanced functionality includes high-level tools such as an area/edge based Search tool, a 1D/ 2D Barcode tool and a Blob Analysis Tool

* Trigger-to Image Reliability - a proprietary engineering frame work to ensure reliability of the image acquisition process

Sapera Essential includes a series of image processing libraries that have been highly optimised for basic image processing functions, including: filtering, geometry, measurement, morphology, point-to-point, segmentation, transform operations and sub-pixel edge detection.

Pattern finding algorithms utilise both correlation (area) and geometric (edge) based technologies to achieve accuracy up to 1/50th of a pixel. Designed to work under poor lighting conditions, with difficult to detect patterns or with rotated images, the Sapera Essential pattern finding tool is fast, robust and accurate and is ideal for demanding alignment applications.

Sapera Essential has the functionality to locate and decode 1 and 2-dimensional barcodes for a variety of standard codes. Designed to operate on degraded and poorly illuminated images, the Barcode tool includes rapid, robust algorithms and functions, and is fully rotational/scale invariant.

Sapera Essentials separates foreground objects from the background and calculates more than 50 spatial and gray scale blob features.

Sapera Essential comes bundled with DALSA Coreco's advanced CamExpert, a proprietary camera configuration utility specifically designed to leverage the power of DALSA Coreco's image acquisition boards. This Windows-based utility provides an interactive environment within which to create a new, or modify an existing file for area and linescan cameras.

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Rugged IP67 compliant cameras

25th August 2006

The uEye RE camera range are ultra compact USB 2.0 cameras for industrial applications with a completely IP67 compliant housing, ensuring a new level of reliability in the harshest of environments.

The new models all share the same ultra compact housing which has been specially developed for use in industrial environments where water or dust and particulates are a problem. Called the Rough Environment or RE for short, all camera models in the Eye range are available in the new RE housing.

uEye RE is a family of price effective and ultra compact USB 2.0 cameras for medical and industrial applications. By using USB 2.0 technology uEye is the easiest way to go digital with no need for any additional frame grabber hardware. The uEye RE camera offers one digital trigger input and one digital output to control for example a flashlight. Both, the universal digital input and the digital output can switch voltages up to 24V.

The signals are optically isolated and available on the D-SUB connector of the camera. The uEye RE SDK offers by using Direct Draw the ability to blend flicker-free text and graphic overlay information into the live video image. Graphics, Date, Time and many more can be realised with the DD Back Buffer and DD Overlay Surface modes. Direct Draw allows flexible displaying of the video images.

The Highlights at a glance:
  • USB 2.0 interface for a flexible use at PC, Notebook and embedded systems
  • Extremely rugged
  • High quality CMOS and CCD sensors
  • Camera control and power supply via the USB bus
  • Universal trigger input and digital output, optically isolated
  • Ultra compact housing with C-Mount Powerful SDK (based on the FALCON SDK) for Windows 2000/XP and LINUX DirectDraw support, ActiveX , Twain and Direct Show (WDM) driver Interfaces for ActivVision Tools, Common Vision Blox, HALCON and NeuroCheck available.

Compact Firewire Camera

18th August 2006

The camera offers an external asynchronous trigger shutter and operates in 8-bit mode. At full image resolution, the AVT GUPPY F-029B/C offers up to 25fps (50 fields per second) and is suited for use in industrial image processing and product automation. The extensive built-in image processing possibilities (image pre-processing) result in outstanding image quality, reduced retouching, less load on the system and higher performance overall.

The integrated Smart Functions take over essential functions of the frame-grabber, which is compensated for by use of the GUPPY. The GUPPY can be easily integrated into existing applications thanks to its powerful and flexible API.

Highlights: IEEE1394a, USB 2.0 (Q2 2006)CCIR (500 x 582)Up to 25fps (50 fields per second), Interlaced Super HAD CCD, monochrome and colorTrue Partial Scan (higher frame rates by smaller AOI) flexible AOI, flexible speed (full Format 7 support), Asynchronous image triggerImage Preprocessing Features, Auto controlled Gain, Exposure, White Balance (Separate Reference AOI), Frame- Field Integration.

Programmable LUT Smart Frame Grabber Features: - Single Shot, Multi Shot, Free Run - 1 prog. Inputs / 3 prog. Outputs - On boards RS-232 Port Industry proven and robust housingC-Mount, CS-Mount (on request)OEM Boardlevel Version, Customized Housings

High Speed Pan-Tilt Unit

11th August 2006

The PTU-D46-17 is designed for high-speed, accurate positioning of camera, laser, antenna, or other payloads up to 6 lbs. or more at speeds up to 300 degrees/second. The speed, accuracy, and dynamic control of pan-tilt units are designed to support high-speed detection and tracking applications.

Pan-tilts have been integrated with several automated tracking software modules in a variety of applications. The on-the-fly control of all motion dynamics makes Directed Perception pan-tilt units well suited as the core of an actively stabilized positioning platform. Inertial sensors, gyros, compasses, and GPS modules can be integrated with the pan-tilt units to provide stabilization for a range of applications.

Directed Perception pan-tilts are specified with a "maximum payload capacity". This specification is meant as a general guide and is accurate for most applications. The actual maximum payload capacity of a pan-tilt unit will depend on several factors including the geometric mounting of the payload (more specifically, where its center of gravity is in relation to axes of rotation), and motion dynamics. High speeds and accelerations add to torque requirements. Motion of the pan-tilt unit itself (for example in vehicle mounted applications) also adds dynamic torque to the overall torque requirement.

All Directed Perception pan-tilts, available through Adept Electronic Solutions are completely configurable in terms of acceleration, speed, and other motion parameters. This provides a great deal of flexibility to tune up optimal performance for a wide range of payloads. The PTU-D46-17 offers: Simple control from host computer via RS-232/485 Small form-factor Precise control of position, speed, and acceleration. Low cost On-the-fly position and speed changes, Rugged design for indoor or outdoor use

Applications Include: Robotics computer vision, Laser ranging, Security, Surveillance ,Teleconferencing/Distance learning, Industrial Automation, Antenna positioning, Tracking Photography, video special effects Webcams

Firewire 1394b Firewire Camera

4th August 2006

The AVT PIKE F-100B (b/w) and AVT PIKE F-100C (color) are smart and fast IEEE 1394b (S800) C-mount cameras, equipped with a highly-sensitive KODAK 2/3" progressive scan CCD sensor.

The camera offers 2 data ports (Daisy Chain), an external asynchronous trigger shutter and operates in 14-bit mode. At full image resolution, the AVT PIKE F-100B/C offers up to 48fps and is suited for fast applications in industrial image processing and product automation. The extensive built-in image processing possibilities (image pre-processing) result in outstanding image quality, reduced retouching, less load on the system and higher performance overall.

In the 'Fiber' version of the PIKE, 1 port is configured as a GOF connection (LC, MMF, 850nm), which provides up to 500m cable length, 100% immunity to EMI and a perfect electrical isolation.

The integrated Smart Functions take over essential functions of the frame-grabber, which is compensated for by use of the PIKE. The PIKE can be easily integrated into existing applications thanks to its powerful and flexible SDKs for Windows and Linux. Highlights 1 Megapixel (1000 x 1000) Up to 48 fps (full resolution)Progressive Scan CCD, monochrome and colorTrue Partical Scan (higher frame rates by smaller AOI) flexible AOI, flexible Speed (full Format 7 support)Opto-Coupled asynchronous image triggerImage Preprocessing Features:Auto controlled Gain, Exposure, White Balance (Separate Reference AOI) Color Correction, Hue, SaturationReal Time Shading CorrectionProgrammable LUT Smart Frame Grabber Features:Image FIFO Memory (105 full frames)Safe Data Transfer ModeSingle Shot, Multi Shot, Free Run - 2 prog. Inputs / 4 prog. Outputs On boards RS-232 Port Industry proven and robust housingC-Mount, CS-MountAngled Head and Customized Housings

 

Machine Vision Software Development Kit

25th July 2006

Sapera Essential is a machine vision software toolkit that combines board level acquisition and control with image processing tools to provide developers with the critical functionality to design, develop, and deploy high-performance applications.
Sapera Essential offers quick and easy access to software functions to control image acquisition, manage image memory and facilitate image processing and analysis tasks. Sapera Essential includes powerful board configuration and camera set-up utilities plus a suite of image processing tools including all of the basic imaging tools and a new pattern finding package employing correlation and geometric pattern finding algorithms, along with versatile Barcode and Blob Analysis functions.

Key Features:
· Cost effective Machine Vision software libraries for image acquisition, processing and analysis
· Advanced functionality includes high-level tools such as an area/edge based Search tool, a 1D/ 2D Barcode tool and a Blob Analysis Tool
· Trigger-to Image Reliability – a proprietary engineering frame work to ensure reliability of the image acquisition process
Sapera Essential includes a series of image processing libraries that have been highly optimized for basic image processing functions, including: filtering, geometry, measurement, morphology, point-to-point, segmentation, transform operations and sub-pixel edge detection.

Pattern finding algorithms utilize both correlation (area) and geometric (edge) based technologies to achieve accuracy up to 1/50th of a pixel. Designed to work under poor lighting conditions, with difficult to detect patterns or with rotated images, the Sapera Essential pattern finding tool is fast, robust and accurate and is ideal for demanding alignment applications.

Sapera Essential has the functionality to locate and decode 1 and 2-dimensional barcodes for a variety of standard codes. Designed to operate on degraded and poorly illuminated images, the Barcode tool includes rapid, robust algorithms and functions, and is fully rotational/scale invariant.

Sapera Essentials separates foreground objects from the background and calculates more than 50 spatial and gray scale blob features, including: area, location, perimeter, elongation, roundness, convexity, bounding box and orientation.
Sapera Essential comes bundled with DALSA Coreco’s advanced CamExpert, a proprietary camera configuration utility specifically designed to leverage the power of DALSA Coreco’s image acquisition boards. This Windows®-based utility provides an interactive environment within which to create a new, or modify an existing config file for area and linescan cameras.

Windows-based automated inspection software

7th July 2006

Sherlock 7 from Adept Electronic Solutions is advanced machine vision software designed for systems integrators and end users. It can be easily configured to solve a wide variety of automated inspection problems.

Sherlock 7 is designed with "point & click" functions and provides a suite of tools and features that have been deployed in thousands of installations worldwide.

iPD's Sherlock 7 is designed with iPD's "ease-of-use" philosophy and can be used to develop applications quickly giving integrators the advantage of reduced development costs and reduced time to market.

Sherlock 7's tools and functions include advanced pattern finding for object alignment and robot guidance; measurement tools; calibration tools for lens distortion; analysis tools such as blob analysis and edge counting; colour tools for monitoring, classifying, sorting and tracking; barcode and optical character reading tools; scripting tools; I/O tools and maths tools.

Sherlock 7 operates on Windows-based desktop or industrial PCs and with IPD's Vision Appliances which are compact, fully integrated multi-camera vision systems.

When used with Sherlock, Vision Appliances can provide full colour or mono imaging, in-built opto-isolated I/O, real-time reject queuing and timing and all other features required of a high performance vision system.

iPD's Sherlock 7 features include:

  • Image pre-processors and machine vision algorithms
  • Support of user customised plug-ins
  • Ability to enable a full programming environment with variable assignment, control loops, subroutines and fully featured debugging
  • Extensive communication options such as Ethernet PLC, Modbus etc
  • Simple programming
  • Ability to customise operator interface with VB and .Net

iPD's Sherlock is represented and fully supported in Australia and New Zealand by Adept Electronic Solutions and is used in a wide variety of applications to provide quality assurance and control in manufacturing.

Armed with proven machine vision tools in a "point & click" interface, no programming is required and the development, testing and commissioning of a vision system is rapidly facilitated.

iPD's Sherlock 7 automated quality inspection program allows the user to identify and correct problems before customers find them.

Sherlock 7 claims to be able to help the user improve customer satisfaction, increase productivity and reduce production costs. In addition, it offers the flexibility to adapt with changing inspection needs and can protect technology investments.

Adept wins best stand at national manufacturing week

7th July 2006
The Adept exhibition at Darling Harbour

Adept Electronic Solutions recently exhibited at National Manufacturing Week held in the Sydney Convention Centre from May 30 through to 2 June on Darling Harbour.

NMW 2006 featured nine industry-specific pavilions with Adept Electronic Solutions featuring in the Robotics and Automation pavilion with a wide range of automation and robotics companies.

The exhibition attracted international exhibitors from countries such as Germany, New Zealand and China.

Manning the Adept Electronic Solutions stand was Brodie McCulloch, Adept's marketing manager; Chris Moore, a new member to the Adept staff who manages the NSW territory; and Marc Fimeri, the Managing Director.

Adept Electronic Solutions had running demonstrations as well as a range of vision components on display. A demonstration that attracted much attention was the iPD VA40 vision appliance. This was set up to show automated bottle inspection, and many visitors were interested as they could see how easy this vision appliance was to use. Some of the different applications visitors enquired about included barcode inspection, optical character recognition, general manufacturing metrology and toleranceing, bottle cap inspection and many others that the VA devices from iPD are designed for.

Also on display was the new TM-6740GE Gigabit Ethernet industrial camera from Pulnix. Running live it demonstrated the new GigE interface that allows for connection directly into a gigabit ethernet network removing the need for a frame grabber or any other dedicated acquisition hardware.

A third live demonstration used the Dalsa Spyder camera to demonstrate the use of linescan on applications where the part to be inspected is moving past the sensor. The live demonstration was created with a round can on a turntable with the Spyder camera imaging the label on the can to make sure all parts of the label were correct. This system allows customers to build an image from a single line of pixels, decreasing the cost of applications while increasing speed.

Also on show were Firewire cameras from AVT and USB2 cameras from iDS including their RE versions that provide IP67 protection.

Overall the exhibition was very successful. Visitors demonstrated satisfaction with the level of sophistication of the displays at the exhibition and with the wide variety of product types.

High Speed Camera

7th July 2006
The Optronis CamRecord 800

The Optronis CamRecord 800 from Adept Electronic Solutions is a compact stand-alone high speed recording camera that is mobile and flexible.

Its light weight and small size make it ideal for carrying and locating at different points of a production line or any other situation that requires the capture of high speed events.

It records internally and then allows the transfer of the high speed recordings to a desktop or laptop via a Firewire connection.

The main feature of the CamRecord 800 is its fast image recording at up to1000 images per second.

Another feature is its fanless design which is unique for a camera that operates at such high speeds. It allows the camera to work in dusty and harsh environments such as wood and paper manufacturing plants. The fanless design also allows for use in clean rooms as well as most other environments.

Features include:

  • Resolution of 800x600 pixels
  • 1000 fps at full resolution, with reduced resolutions up to 150,000 fps
  • Free adjustable exposure times down to 1 µs completely independent from the framerate
  • FireWire Interface (IEEE 1394a)
  • Large camera memory of 4 GB for long recording times
  • Fan-less housing for very dusty working places or for clean rooms
  • CMOS sensor with high sensitivity
  • C-Mount lens mount
  • External trigger and synchronisation
  • Incl. software and all cables

Ultra-compact USB industrial cameras

3rd July 2006
Reliability in harsh environments.

THE uEye RE camera range is a family of ultra-compact USB 2.0 cameras for industrial applications equipped with an IP67 rated housing that ensures reliability in harsh environments.

Available from Adept Electronic Solutions, the new models all share the same ultra-compact housing which has been developed for use in industrial environments where water or dust and particulates are a problem.

Called the Rough Environment, or RE for short, all camera models in the uEye range are available in the new RE housing.

uEye RE is a family of price-effective and ultra-compact USB 2.0 cameras for medical and industrial applications. By using USB 2.0 technology uEye is the easiest way to go digital with no need for any additional frame grabber hardware.

The uEye RE camera offers one digital trigger input and one digital output to control, for example, a flashlight. Both the universal digital input and the digital output can switch voltages up to 24V. The signals are optically isolated and available on the D-SUB connector of the camera.

By using Direct Draw, the uEye RE SDK offers the ability to blend flicker-free text and graphic overlay information into the live video image.

Graphics, date, time and many more can be realised with the DD Back Buffer and DD Overlay Surface modes. Direct Draw allows flexible displaying of the video images.

Highlights at a glance:

  • USB 2.0 interface for a flexible use at PC, Notebook and embedded systems.
  • Extremely rugged.
  • High quality CMOS and CCD sensors.
  • Camera control and power supply via the USB bus.
  • Universal trigger input and digital output, optically isolated.
  • Ultra compact housing with C-Mount.
  • Powerful SDK (based on the FALCON SDK) for Windows 2000/XP and LINUX.
  • DirectDraw support, ActiveX , Twain and Direct Show (WDM) driver.
  • Interfaces for ActivVision Tools, Common Vision Blox, HALCON and NeuroCheck available.

Affordable machine vision camera

3rd July 2006

Dalsa-Coreco digital 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 per second, all Genie cameras are supported by DALSA-Coreco's Sapera(tm) LT software libraries.

Sapera LT has been field proven in ten's 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;
  3. Provide a recovery mechanism if and when errors do occur.

Genie-M640 key features
  • Compact, digital camera for industrial & 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 a 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.

Line scan vision appliance

7rd July 2006

Imaging and inspection from two different cameras.

THE VA50 provides end users and system integrators with a high performance, compact machine vision solution for line scan applications.

This product, available from Adept Electronic Solutions, is designed for tasks such as cylindrical unwrapping, large format imaging of moving surfaces or continuous web inspection.

The VA50 provides multiple camera inputs that allow imaging and inspection from two different cameras simultaneously. It is supported by various cameras of different resolutions that typically range from 1024 to 8096 pixels. The VA50 provides the timing inputs and outputs for synchronising the cameras to the speed of the moving part or surface.

The 24V compatible I/O is broken out to removable screw terminal connectors or opto-isolation modules. The VA50 is equipped with standard serial and Ethernet interfaces for communicating with complementary devices or connecting into the factory network.

User input is typically through keyboard; mouse and monitor attached to the unit, but is also supported through the Ethernet connection to a common operator interface. All physical connections are located on the VA50 rear panel, with status lights available on the front.

Application setup software is pre-installed and ready to run, thus eliminating installation and revision control problems. For maximum flexibility, the VA50 is supported by Sherlock inspection software.

Sherlock's configurable interface allows users to quickly prototype, benchmark and deploy inspection solutions. In addition to its extensive library of preprocessors and machine vision algorithms, Sherlock supports inline scripting, user custom tools and a customisable operator interface.

Key features:

  • Multiple camera inspections.
  • No software to install.
  • Powerful embedded processor ensures fast inspection times.
  • Rugged system for online or offline inspection.
  • Choice of camera type and resolution.
  • Integrates well into factory environments.
  • Universal solution for end-users, integrators and machine builders

The VA50 is available in two versions, differentiated by performance. The VA51 has 3X processing performance of the VA50.

2006 Archive Part Two
  • Single camera vision appliance - iPD VA15
  • iDS uEye CMOS cameras ideal for industrial use
  • Progressive Scan Camera
  • Dalsa iPD VA50 released
  • New C-mount cameras
  • New 4M60 stop action camera from Dalsa
  • Machine vision software development kit
  • Rugged IP67 compliant cameras
  • Compact Firewire Camera
  • High Speed Pan-Tilt Unit
  • Firewire 1394b Firewire Camera
  • Machine Vision Software Development Kit
  • Windows-based automates inspection software
  • Adept wins best stand at national manufacturing week
  • High Speed Camera
  • Ultra-compact USB Industrial Cameras
  • Affordable Machine Vision Camera
  • Line Scan Vision Appliance
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