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Revolutionary GigE Cameras Provide Power Over Ethernet Cable
Baumer Ltd. (Friedberg, Germany) introduces a new line of GigE cameras especially designed to provide power over the Cat6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for a separate power cable. Baumer TXG Cameras with PoE simplify the mechanical design and reliability of a vision system, especially for robotic applications where each additional cable can cause long-term problems. A specially developed industrial power injector module or Ethernet switch provides power down the Cat6 Ethernet cable at distances up to 100 meters. Baumer TXG Cameras with PoE feature high-speed multi-camera operation and frame rates of up to 90 frames per second with resolutions from VGA to 5 Mbs. These cameras have the capacity to change image formats "on the fly," and offer extremely low readout noise and minimal heat generation. Standard functions include gain, offset, and exposure time settings as well as binning and true partial scan (ROI) readout modes for improved sensitivity in low light applications or increased frame rates. A generic programming interface, Baumer-GAPI, facilitates the camera's integration into an application, and SDK software provides camera control and development.All TX Series cameras are designed with very compact, robust housings that weigh just 90 grams and are 34 x 34 x 48mm in size. The housing on TXG with PoE cameras is 10mm longer to accommodate an extra PCB that manages the incoming power from the Cat6 cable. These cameras are used to view objects on robotic arms, robotic pick-and-place systems, automated packaging lines, semiconductor manufacturing lines, and in other applications where machine vision systems are essential, especially where cabling movement and cable life are a concern. www.baumerelectric.com
Adimec Introduces the ONYX
The ONYX-1000 is the first CCD camera offering an unprecedented combination of Adimec's (Eindhoven, Netherlands) image quality with the flexibility and cost effectiveness of GigE. The ONYX-1000 is one of the first in a series of cameras to utilize state-of-the-art sensors that offer greater spatial resolution at high speeds. This advanced sensor technology combined with optimized embedded video processing provides excellent linearity over the full dynamic range. The ONYX 1000 will allow high-end OEM systems to use the scalability and flexibility of GigE without losing performance in image quality.The ONYX-1000m optimizes a 1/2-inch CCD area array sensor with 1024x1024, 5.5µm square pixels. This camera can deliver up to 60 full-frame images per second with unparalleled image quality and high signal to noise ratio. The ONYX-1000 cameras have a built-in frame memory that decouples the asynchronous image acquisition and image readout. The GigE interface allows for easy integration and flexibility within your system. As with all of Adimec's products, the ONYX-1000 cameras are 100 percent factory tested on all specifications to guarantee fast, accurate, reliable, and reproducible image capturing for OEMs. The ONYX-1000m addition will allow manufacturers to lower their system costs while gaining performance advantages and without sacrificing image quality. www.adimec.com
Basler Vision Technologies will Present Models from
the 'Sprint' Series of High Speed Line Scan Cameras
Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germany) presents models from the "sprint" series of high-speed line scan cameras for the first time: An innovative monochrome model with a resolution of 8192 pixels and three color models with 2048, 4096 and 8192 pixels. "A high-performance double line scan sensor provides outstanding image quality at a previously unattained maximum line rate of 70 kHz on the 8k mono version and 140 kHz on the 2k and 4k mono models," explains Lars Hansen, Product Manager from Basler Components. A ground-breaking pixel design combines the positive attributes of CCD and CMOS sensors into a CMOS double line scan sensor. This sensor is extremely sensitive and develops little noise so that sufficient lighting can be achieved at extremely short integration periods and high image frequencies. "With a Basler sprint, the speed and flow rate of an application can be increased significantly. An example for this is letter sorting, where the speed of the letters can be accelerated for example from 1m/s to 7m/s and higher," Hansen says. www.baslerweb.com
Imperx's New BOBCAT Series: Compact, Feature-Rich
Digital Cameras for Machine Vision
Imperx Inc. (Boca Raton, Fla.) will introduces its new BOBCAT series of cameras. BOBCAT is a new line of compact (45mm x 45mm x 39mm), feature-rich Camera Link cameras designed to address the needs of a wide range of machine vision applications. The BOBCAT series offers a common platform for all of its camera models, regardless of speed and resolution. All models share the same size, features and command set, making it easier for end users to easily switch or upgrade BOBCAT models to meet the needs of new vision applications. With its compact size, field-upgradeable firmware, high-quality images and impressive set of features, the BOBCAT series also is an ideal choice for users who want to migrate to digital imaging, or to enhance the features of existing digital systems. The BOBCAT series initially includes the following sensors and frame rates: Kodak VGA @ 120 fps and 210 fps, Sony 1.4M @ 24 fps, Sony 2.0M @ 16 fps, and 5.0M @ 15 fps. Other BOBCAT models will follow, and will be announced at a later date. BOBCAT cameras come equipped with a robust feature set that includes horizontal and vertical binning at 2x, 3x and 4x; multiple programmable areas of interest; fully programmable 12-bit look-up-tables; defective-pixel correction and flat-field correction. www.imperx.com
Point Grey Research Announces 1.3 and 5 MP Additions
to the Flea2 Family of IEEE 1394b Digital Cameras
Point Grey Research Inc. (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) announces the addition of four new models to the Flea2 family of the world's smallest IEEE 1394b digital cameras. The Flea2 line now offers a total of 12 different monochrome and color models that are designed to address a wide variety of industrial imaging and machine vision applications, such as 2D and 3D metrology, electronics and semiconductor inspection, medical visualization, packaging verification, and object recognition. The new models are based on the high-sensitivity 1.3 MP Sony ICX445 and the new 5 MP Sony ICX655, and offer a number of new features, including opto-isolated general purpose I/O (GPIO), an on-camera frame buffer for image storage and retransmission, flash memory for non-volatile data storage, and a new high-speed FPGA for improved performance. Each model in the Flea2 family is housed in an ultra-compact 29 x 29 x 30 mm metal case with C-mount lens holder, IEEE 1394b connector with screw locks, and 8-pin GPIO connector. Key features of the Flea2 include a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter for data precision, memory channels for defining custom power-up settings, gamma and programmable lookup table, and on-camera color processing. Other standard features include multiple trigger and strobe modes, regions of interest and pixel binning, and a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip that controls all camera functionality, including gain, exposure, sharpness, saturation, and more. The FPGA can be updated with new functionality in the field. Like all Point Grey cameras, the Flea2 complies with the IIDC v1.31 specification, which allows it to be used with many third-party software packages, such as those from Cognex, Matrox, MVTec, and National Instruments. Also included with every camera is the FlyCapture Software Development Kit (SDK), a full software package that provides a common interface to control all Point Grey digital imaging products. The SDK is compatible with both FireWire and USB 2.0 cameras using the same API, and includes support for ActiveX, TWAIN and DirectShow. It also includes the FirePRO low-level 1394b interface driver, which enables users to grab images at full 800Mb/s transfer rates. www.ptgrey.com