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Vision 2018: New launches round-up part 2

08 Nov 2018

optics.org continues a review of some of the new systems and products being launched this week at Stuttgart's biggest vision expo.

Opto Diode has announced the AXUV20HS1, a high-speed, 5mm2 Circular Photodiode designed for high-speed detection of low-energy electrons or X-rays. The device features electron detection to 200 eV. The high-speed detector has a typical rise time of 3.5 ns. Storage and operating temperatures range from -10°C to 40°C (ambient) and from -20°C to 80°C in nitrogen or vacuum environments.

High-end scientific camera specialist PCO’s new pco.edge 4.2 is is equipped with a scientific CMOS sensor, which it says "provides crisp images and precise measurements". It can be optionally upgraded with a water cooling system.

This camera system is designed for users who require highest quantum efficiency, 16 bit dynamic range, high frame rates, long exposure times and extremely low readout noise. Camera Link HS means uncompressed and secure data transfer.

PCO commented, “When our established pco.edge series is combined with modern back illuminated (bi) sensor technology, the result is our pco.edge 4.2 bi. The flexible cooling system allows the use of air or water to cool the sensor down to -25 °C. At this temperature, the dark current is reduced to 0.2 e-/pixel/s."

Inspekto has launched the S70, described as an “atonomous machine vision system”. The S70 offers quality assurance capabilities in a practical package designed for any handling method, product type and material.

The developers say that the S70 system can be installed in 30 to 60 minutes. CEO Harel Boren commented, “This system offers a user interface designed to be installed directly by the shop-floor employee. This means that no systems integrator is required at any step of the short set up process, and at any time later.

The S70 enables manufacturing plants to install it at any point on a production line, and even move it from one line to another, at any time in the future, within minutes.”

Inspekto describes itself as, “a German company with Israeli DNA”; it is already supported by a range of industrial businesses from across the Germany-Austria-Switzerland region. During beta stage of development, the company installed its system in the plants of leading industrial manufacturers, in countries including in Germany, Italy, France and Austria.

Specim After many years of intensive scientific research by Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre, Specim’s founders designed the first professional hyperspectral spectrographs and imagers. These spectrographs were developed in close collaboration with NASA to meet the requirements of the most advanced applications in remote sensing.

Specim’s hyperspectral imaging FX cameras enable users to add precise and reliable chemical identification to their vision and sorting systems.

New CEO Tapio Kallonen commented, “Compared to traditional color and shape-based sorting, chemical identification will increase the value in the sorting results in many cases, such as waste processing and recycling; food and agricultural product processing; and in the mining industry by reducing energy consumption and waste by more efficient separation or ore and side rock.”

The FX cameras can reveal much more than traditional color and filter cameras or point spectrometers. They can be integrated into quality control and sorting processes to enhance their capability in product inspection and process analytics. Non-invasive, real-time inspection replaces visual inspections and time-consuming lab tests. Kallonen added, “For example, the FX10 can be used to determine whether apples are ripe or if they have bruises. And if you want to know the sugar level on berries or potatoes, however, you will need the FX17.”

Lumimax’s high power LED Lighting is designed for use in the food and beverage industry. Industrial machine vision is now making 100% quality inspections possible for packaging types that include preforms, glass bottles, tube bags, labels, screw caps, bottle caps and deep-draw formed aluminium or plastic pots.

The Lumimax portfolio, which includes Bar, Area, Ring, Dark Field, Spot, Dome and Coaxial Lighting, as well as high-performance Flood Lights, can be used to generate optimum lighting solutions for a range of applications.

At this year’s Vision expo, iiM AG is presented its LightGuide technology in a new format as part of its Lumimax range: thanks to an optimised housing design, the LG2020/FL and LGCB2020/FL series can be deployed even where conditions offer only a smalle space for installations.

Imaging Development Systems (IDS) demonstrated the potential of its new IDS NXT system. This vision application-based industrial camera platform is now expanded by the IDS NXT Rio and Rome ranges and is available with additional sensors and communication interfaces.

For the first time, IDS has integrated neural networks with self-learning algorithms within some of these models. In the field of 3D vision, the company also presented its Ensenso XR, the first stereo camera from this series, which can calculate 3D point clouds itself. Furthermore IDS is offering novel focusable USB 3.1 Gen 1 board level industrial cameras with liquid lens control, together with concept studies of 10 Gigabit Ethernet cameras, and uEye concept studies with polarization sensors.

The company also plans to integrate Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), which means that a separate cable for the power supply is no longer required. The models could be particularly interesting for applications that could only be operated at a reduced bandwidth due to the limited bandwidth of standard GigE cameras.

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