Cameras in the HX series introduced by Baumer
Ltd. capture 1.3-megapixel images at rates of
up to 500 fps and are suitable for use in ultrafast
machine vision applications. The CMOS cameras
produce 1280 ; 1024-pixel resolution and can deliver up to 120,000 fps by restricting image data to
one, two or three regions of interest within the full
frame. They support the Camera Link standard and
offer multiexposure capability and a data transfer
rate of up to 680 MB/s. Available in monochrome
and color versions and housed in a compact and
lightweight aluminum housing, the cameras have a
dynamic range of up to 90 dB.
The PK line of X-Y nanopositioning and
nanoscanning stages unveiled by piezosystem
jena Inc. offers 100 ; 100-mm clearance, flatness, parallel kinematics and configurability.
Measuring 15 mm high, the stages achieve sub-nanometer positioning accuracy. Actuation can
be performed with any of the company’s PX or
nanoX elements, and the stroke range goes up
to 700 µm. Built with a frame-in-frame support,
the stage has an inner frame that is suspended
in the outer one, resulting in dual guidance. The
stages have two kinds of optionally integrated
metrology, and the company offers a number of
options for materials, including nonmagnetic.
The Xcelera-CL LX1 Base frame
grabber announced by Dalsa Corp.
is for use with Camera Link Base
cameras. The company says that the
board is easy to set up and use,
delivers reliable image acquisition
and offers extensive software support. Designed for the PCI Express
x1 interface, the frame grabber can
acquire images from a variety of
multitap area- and line-scan, color
and monochrome cameras. Camera Link is supported up to 85 MHz, and the device is Power Over
Camera Link-compliant. The included Sapera Essential software features 1-/2-D bar codes, optical
character recognition, pattern finding, color and blob analysis, and lens correction tools.
Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc. has launched
the second generation of its Axio Imager microscope system for use in materials microscopy applications. The optical system provides
information about the sample in bright- and
dark-field, and in confocal and differential interference contrast techniques. The M2m and
Z2m models have motorized focus and re-flected-light beam paths, and the latter offers
automatic component recognition. All models
feature the ability to combine reflected and
transmitted light, access to the luminous field
and aperture diaphragms in the reflected-
light beam path, exchangeability of the fine-drive knob and the fine-drive disk, and a redesigned
transmitted-light beam path for homogeneous illumination, even at low objective magnifications.
Carl Zeiss MicroImaging