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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

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VISION COMPONENTS UPDATES VC SMART FINDER SOFTWARE LIBRARY

The VC Smart Finder software library from Vision Components (Ettlingen, Germany) has proven itself as a powerful pattern-matching tool in various manufacturing applications, for example, sorting and bulk material recognition. Now, the machine vision expert presents an enhanced version with optimized parameters that scale objects and reliably match them with preset patterns no matter their distance from the sensor. The software allows users to identify structures (e.g. bottle labels or complex components) by means of preset patterns. The real-time program operates with subpixel accuracy: ± 0.1 pixels positioning accuracy, ± 0.3 degrees angle accuracy. At the same time, VC Smart Finder ensures high-speed processes: at a 640 x 480 pixel resolution, it recognizes between 10 and 100 objects per second. Despite rotational position, object size or illumination, it matches objects with one or more patterns. Moreover, the software reliably recognizes objects which are up to 80 percent occluded. An intuitive, easy-to-use teach-in option allows users to easily include new objects. www.vision-components.com

BASLER’S PILOT CAMERA FAMILY NOW EQUIPPED WITH DUAL TAP CCD SENSOR FROM KODAK

Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) is expanding its successful pilot GigE series with new models that are equipped with Kodak’s dual tap KAI-01020 CCD sensor. The new monochrome and color pilot models can capture 60 frames per second at full one megapixel resolution. The 60 frames per second rate is a key requirement for allowing increased throughput in the factory automation market. In intelligent traffic applications and semiconductor and electronics manufacturing, the 60 fps rate is also a significant advantage. Thanks to Basler’s extensive experience with Kodak sensor tap balancing, users of the new models will see the same brilliant image quality they are used to from the established pilot camera models. The Basler pilot camera family is based on four selected Kodak CCD sensors and one Sony CCD sensor for exceptional image quality. Equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet interface (compliant with the GigE Vision standard), these cameras take maximum advantage of the Kodak sensor technology and can often substitute for more costly Camera Link cameras and frame grabbers. For more flexibility, this series offers additional software features that can be integrated into the image processing software on a remote computer. www.baslerweb.com

BASE CAMERA LINK FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTER

The PIXCI ECB1-34 base Camera Link frame grabber from Epix Inc. (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) plugs into an ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slot in a notebook computer. With 200 megabyte per second sustained data transfer rates, and burst transfers up to 250 megabytes per second, almost all base Camera Link cameras are supported. The PIXCI ECB1-34 captures from line scan or area scan cameras operating in either free-run or controlled mode. Controlled mode can use an optional TTL trigger input cable. The ECB1-34 generates a programmed width exposure signal to the camera for each trigger input. An optional TTL strobe output cable is available for strobed applications. The PIXCI ECB1-34 frame grabber priced at $595 includes the XCAP-Lite imaging program, offers dedicated camera control dialogs supporting hundreds of the newest, most advanced, highest bandwidth machine vision cameras. www.epixinc.com

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