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New Compact Remote Head Camera

Jai CM-030PMCL-RH Camera

 

JAI recently introduced the CM-030PMCL-RH industrial CCD camera with small remote head and Power over Camera Link (PoCL) digital interface. With many of the advanced features of the other Jai Compact camera series this camera is designed specifically for space and weight constrained applications that require quality with compact size.

The CM-030PMCL-RH is a new addition to the Compact tier of JAI's C3 Camera Suite. The remote head camera is based on the 1/3-inch Sony ICX424 monochrome progressive scan CCD, with 656 x 494 active pixels. The digital video is output via Mini-Camera Link with Power over Camera Link (PoCL) compatibility and 8- or 10-bit pixel depth.

With the PoCL interface there is no need for a separate power supply, providing a clean one-cable solution that can more easily fit into tight spaces while saving on cabling costs and avoiding problems caused by multiple cables. The camera a high 120fps frame rate in continuous operation. Higher frame rates can be achieved with the camera’s vertical binning and partial scan modes (up to 504fps).

The small size of the camera head (17mm diameter) and its 2 meter remote head cable length make this camera suitable for space constrained or weight critical machine vision applications, such as robotics, surface mounting (PCB pick and place), semiconductor inspection, surface inspection and others.

The camera has three trigger modes - pre-select, pulse width control, and pre-select with smear-less in addition to continuous operation. Also included is a unique automatic LVAL sync or async selection function. An electronic shutter offers 10 preset speeds or user-programmable settings from 1/120 to 1/30,000 seconds in increments of 16.24µs.

The CM-030PMCL-RH has the same uniform design philosophy shared by all cameras in JAI's C3 Camera Suite, making it easy for system integrators and OEMs installing diverse and complex machine vision solutions to adapt to varying camera demands.

Adept Electronic Solutions are "The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists" and distributor of Jai products in Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about any Jai machine vision product please email us at: adept@adept.net.au or call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us page.

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Night Vision InfraRed Camera

XenICs Xeva-FPA-1.7

The Xeva-FPA-1.7 is an industrial Infrared camera manufactured by a leader in InGaAs sensors - Xenics from Belgium. It is available in 320 x 256 pixel or 640 x 512 pixel resolution and is sensitive up to 1.7 micron wavelength of light which makes it suitable for a variety of applications including night vision.

The XEVA-FPA-1.7 digital camera combines a thermo-electrically cooled InGaAs detector head and the control and communication electronics in a single compact housing. Available in a variety of versions that vary in resolution, speed and type of output enables systems designers to choose the most suitable configuration for their application. Requiring one single 12V – 5A power supply makes it easy to power and integrate.

The XEVA-FPA-1.7 is available with either USB 2.0 or CameraLink and outputs 14-bit data. The high speed version comes with its own custom frame grabber card but can also be easily interfaced to all standard compatible CameraLink frame grabber cards. It is supplied with a graphical user software interface (X-Control) and SDK for direct access to camera settings. X-Control includes two-point uniformity correction and bad pixel replacement tools.

All XenICs infrared detectors are characterized by high sensitivity, excellent stability and high uniformity. They offer a high degree of flexibility in terms of frame rate, user interface and temperature range. These cameras combine high speed with high sensitivity at low cost.

Key features

  • Operates TE1 to TE3-cooled FPAs
  • Anti-condensing construction
  • 14-bit ADC (12-bit ADC for USB version)
  • Low-noise circuitry
  • Built-in temperature controller
  • Highly stable operating temperature
  • Compact configuration
  • Simple operation
  • Adapter for C-mount optical lenses
  • Frontplate for spectrometer fixation
  • Stand-alone operation
  • Windows 2000 / XP compatible

XEVA applications

  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Laser beam profiling
  • Low-light level imaging
  • Vision enhancement (automotive or airborne applications)
  • Semiconductor inspection
  • Thermal imaging of hot objects (in the 200°C to 800°C range)
  • Imaging in SWIR range
  • On-line process control
  • Medical applications
  • Paper pulp processing

Adept Electronic Solutions are 'The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists' and exclusive distributor for XenICs products in Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about night vision cameras please email us at: adept@adept.net.au, call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us form.

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4 channel Ethernet Lighting Controller

LFC 420 from Gardasoft

Gardasoft, the leader in lighting controllers, introduces the LFC 420 4-channel Ethernet controller. The new LFC 420 joins Gardasofts' successful series of Ethernet controllers - LFC 520 and LFC 820. The new 4-channel LFC 420 lighting controller allows your vision system to control the light remotely. Brightness for example can be adjusted programmatically to accommodate different inspection requirements in an online application. With 4 channels the LFC 420 can control RGB lights, adjust their brightness, the colour mix and still leave another channel to control one additional light.

In addition to its four independent channels, the main features of this new product include the ability to control the current and light output, to run in continuous or strobed output, control strobe period and strobe delay. It supports up to 10A per channel in pulse mode and programming is via its integrated Ethernet interface. The LFC 420 can therefore be deployed as a Web server and can be controlled via imaging software from a remote computer. It can also be accessed using an IP address and from any Web browser.

As with all Gardasoft products, the LFC 420 has the SafeSens technology integrated into it. This restricts the maximum current, based on pulse length - automatically protecting any light connected to it against excessive temperatures and damage.

Adept Electronic Solutions are 'The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists' and exclusive distributor for Gardasoft products for Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about Gardasoft lighting controllers please email us at: adept@adept.net.au, call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us form.

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New High Resolution AVT Firewire Cameras

New AVT Stingray Models

Dalsa Frame GrabberAllied Vision Technologies have released two new versions of its successful Stingray camera family: the Stingray F-125 and Stingray F-504. The Stingray F-125 features the new high sensitivity 1.3 megapixel Sony CCD ICX445 sensor. The Stingray F-504 uses the new ICX665 Sony CCD sensor with 5 megapixels and excellent sensitivity and image quality. Both cameras are available in monochrome and colour and as with all Stingray models, they offer two IEEE-1394b ports on the back of the camera for fast data transfer and simple daisy-chaining when used in multi-camera applications.

Both cameras offer an external asynchronous trigger shutter and operate in 14-bit mode. The Stingray F-125 offers up to 30 fps at full resolution (1296 x 966). The 5 megapixel F-504 operates at up to 7.5 fps at full resolution (2456 x 2058). Both cameras are suited for use in industrial image processing and factory automation.

The extensive built-in image processing options (image pre-processing) result in outstanding image quality, and reduces the system with higher performance overall. The powerful and flexible API helps the Stingray models easily integrate into existing applications.


These two new models deliver the full functionality of the Stingray family as implemented with the first firmware upgrade. For example, the integrated temperature sensor can be used to control the ventilation or cooling of an imaging system in order to optimise image quality. Thanks to AVT's Modular Concept, the new Stingray cameras are available in a variety of housing types to meet all system requirements.

Adept Electronic Solutions are 'The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists' and exclusive distributor for AVT products for Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about AVT Stingray cameras please email us at: adept@adept.net.au, call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us form.

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Ultra high-speed @ 1 MegaPixel

Phantom 310 from Vision Research

iDS uEye GigE SEVision Research, the leading manufacturer of high speed digital imaging cameras, recently extended its Phantom family of cameras with the introduction of the v310. Featuring a custom-designed, high-performance CMOS sensor, the Phantom v310 offers users a wide aspect ratio and a top speed of 3,400 frames per second (fps) at the camera’s maximum resolution of 1280x800. At reduced resolution, the v310 can record at speeds up to 500,000 fps.

Ideally suited for a number of applications, including scientific research, product development, ballistics and explosions testing, the v310 offers an impressive price/performance ratio that sets a new industry standard for one-megapixel digital high-speed cameras. The v310 is also as stylish as it is advanced, boasting a new camera architecture and design first introduced in the award-winning Phantom v12.1.


Proprietary CMOS Sensor

Compared to traditional square imaging sensors, the wide aspect ratio afforded by v310’s proprietary CMOS sensor allows users to keep moving subjects in-frame longer and see more of the event being recorded. Available in color or monochrome, the v310’s CMOS sensor outperforms comparable imaging systems in terms of light sensitivity. It features an active pixel size of 20 microns coupled with improved quantum efficiency. To eliminate blur and accentuate detail, users can take advantage of short exposure times - as fast as one microsecond.

The Phantom v310 supports both 8- and 12-bit pixel depth for maximum detail and clarity and also incorporates Vision Research’s Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR) technology. EDR is a useful feature which allows users to capture two different exposures within one single frame. Furthermore, Vision Research adds to the overall ease of use and flexibility of the new Phantom v310 thanks to auto exposure, which automatically adjusts the camera to adapt to changing lighting conditions.



Remote Calibration

Thanks to the Phantom v310’s new optional internal shutter mechanism, users can perform a session specific black reference, also known as a current session reference (CSR), without having to physically cover the lens. During use the response of a CMOS sensor’s pixels can change due to changes in selected resolution, exposure time and temperature, which can lead to inaccurate color representation and substandard image quality. A CSR calibrates all pixels that will be used for a given set of camera parameters and sets them to pure black - an important step in ensuring the most accurate image possible.

With the v310’s new internal shutter, the CSR operation can now be performed remotely. This proves extremely useful especially in situations where the v310 would be mounted out of reach or used on a range for ballistics or explosives testing.

Vision Research’s Phantom v310 is also the ideal high-speed imaging solution for particle image velocimetry (PIV) applications. The camera features a high-resolution timing system that yields a timing resolution of better than 40 nanoseconds, a 700 nanosecond straddle time and no image lag. A frame synchronization signal is also now available via a dedicated BNC for easier cabling and increased signal integrity.



High-Performance, Non-Volatile Memory

Eight gigabytes of high-speed dynamic RAM comes standard with the new Phantom v310, with the option to upgrade to 16GB or 32GB. The internal high-speed dynamic RAM is also dividable up to 64 segments, allowing users to record multiple shots, back to-back, without having to download data from the camera.

Security and versatility also abound with the Phantom v310 as the camera is fully-compatible (optional) with Vision Research’s CineMag™ system. CineMag is a non-volatile, hot-swappable, very small and light memory magazine that attaches directly on the body of the camera, providing added storage and data protection. Available in 256GB or 512GB it enables maximum speed sequences captured to RAM to be moved easily, quickly and efficiently to the Cinemag and so enables the operator to take more high speed sequences to RAM without downloading and downtime. The CineMag also gives end-users the ability to record full-resolution video at a maximum frame rate of 700 fps, directly to the magazine, enabling very long record times.

CineMags are designed to work with Vision Research’s Phantom CineStation™, the company’s proprietary CineMag docking station. Streamlining the high-speed imaging workflow for the end-user, the CineStation allows the high-speed footage - also known as “cines” - stored on a CineMag to be viewed, trimmed, played over video and recorded, and saved to hard disk. The Cinestation has a Dual HD-SDI outputs and so can output RGB 4:4:4 video. It also features a 10Gigabit Ethernet port for file transfers to disk. This enhanced workflow ultimately provides uninterrupted use of the Phantom digital high-speed camera as the cines can be downloaded and edited offline, rather than utilizing the valuable camera asset to transfer the data.

 

Immediately View Recordings

The Phantom v310 also offers users several options to view recordings immediately. The camera features an analog video-out port for use with a component video monitor or viewer, allowing the recordings to be displayed in a variety of formats, including NTSC, PAL and high definition 720p. The HD-SDI port also offers up to 4:2:2 playback. Files can be transferred directly from the camera with its Gigabit ethernet port.

 

Adept Electronic Solutions are 'The Machine Vision and Imaging Specialists' and exclusive distributor for Vision Research products in Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about Vision Research High Speed cameras please email us at: adept@adept.net.au, call us at Perth (08) 92425411 / Sydney (02) 99792599 / Melbourne (03) 95555621 or use our online contact us form.

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- April 2009
  • New Compact Remote Head Camera from Jai - CM-030PMCL-RH
  • Night Vision Infrared Camera from Xenics - Xeva-FPA 1.7
  • 4 channel Ethernet Lighting Controller from Gardasoft - LFC 420
  • New High Resolution Firewire Cameras from AVT - Stingray range expanded
  • Ultra high-speed 1 MegaPixel camera from Vision Research - Phantom 310
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