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Innovative machine vision cameras at SPIE Photonics West

4th February 2019
Alex Lynn

Specialist in high-speed machine vision systems, Mikrotron, has announced that it will introduce a suite of new cameras at the SPIE Photonics West, taking place February 5th to 7th, 2019, in San Francisco, CA, at the Moscone Center. SPIE Photonics West is a photonics technologies event, consisting of three conferences and two world-class exhibitions. Mikrotron will be in booth #5672.

"At SPIE Photonics West, we look forward to engaging with system integrators and OEMs to showcase how Mikrotron continues to bring to market the world's most advanced imaging solutions at lower cost with 100% reliability," said Mike Scholz, Strategical Marketing Manager at Mikrotron. "As a premier imaging event, we have chosen SPIE Photonics West to launch three breakthrough cameras that are certain to grab the attention of machine vision professionals."

CoaXPress v2.0 camera
Taking centre stage for Mikrotron will be its EoSens 1.1CXP2 camera based on the new, faster CoaXPress V2.0 interface. Capable of delivering up to 3,600fps at 1.1-megapixel resolution, the camera transmits approximately 30Gbit/s over four channels with 12Gbit/s each, making it the ideal imaging solution for demanding applications including ball grid inspection, robotics, microscopy, PIV measurements and melt pool monitoring, among others. 

It is contained in a rugged metal housing that measures a mere 80x80x53mm with an advanced feature set highlighted by gamma and FPN correction, noise reduction, sequencer and GPID for unmatched performance. In addition, its extreme sensitivity of 20V/lux@550nm achieves high-contrast, detailed images in industrial areas where lighting is limited.

Fibre-based cameras
With fibre-based cameras finding their way into applications requiring extended cable lengths and resistance to EMI, Mikrotron plans to showcase its new EoSens 3FIBER (3MP) and EoSens 4FIBER (4MP) cameras at SPIE Photonics West. Equipped with fibre optical interfaces, both cameras allow for fast transmission up to 300m to offer a cost-effective solution for applications with high interference potential or longer transmission distances. 

A benefit of the new cameras is a compact and robust MTP/MPO fibre connector that ensures that they do not disconnect even during the fast or sudden movements often experienced in industrial, transportation, military or surveillance environments.

"Compared to the cost of copper-based solutions, EoSens FIBER cameras are relatively inexpensive due to reduced cable prices per meter and because the fibre interface is integrated into the frame grabber and the camera," noted Scholz. "This solution is especially cost-effective where several cameras are needed to operate synchronously over long distances."

High-speed recording camera
With mechanical shock resistance of 100g, the next-generation EoSens Quad 1.1 high-speed recording camera from Mikrotron is designed to operate in intense shock and vibration environments, for example, automotive crash testing and manufacturing troubleshooting. The Quad 1.1 has a 14.9μm ten-bit pixel resulting in high sensitivity for both mono and colour models. Two analog and four digital I/O inputs enable recording video and sensor data in total sync. 

The new camera is available in both C-Mount and Nikon FG-Mount giving users more lens choices. VisualMARC, the included control and player software, has all basic and extended functions required to set up Quad 1.1 cameras for recording and exporting videos.

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