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Automate 2019

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08 April 2019 to 11 April 2019
Chicago, USA
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Automation Technology

Automation Technology (booth 8456) will present its IRSX series, intelligent, self-contained thermal imaging systems for industrial use. The IRSX cameras combine a calibrated thermal imaging sensor with a data processing unit and a variety of industrial interfaces in a small IP67 housing. For communication, they feature protocols including GigE Vision, Modbus TCP, HTTPS, and FTP. Standard APIs such as REST, GigE Vision, MQTT, and OPC-UA, as well as application-specific apps, are included. The IRSX series comprises a variety of models with different fields of view, resolutions, and frame rates.

AT will also display the extended C5-CS series of 3D sensors and the MCS series of modular high-speed 3D compact sensors. Modules within both series support an output up to 2,048 points per profile and a profile speed of up to 200kHz.

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Basler

Basler (#8328) will give general information about the CoaxPress 2.0 standard, set to be released in June 2019. Thomas Karow, the company’s product market manager, will give a presentation about this upcoming interface on 10 April at 8:00am, while visitors will have one of the first previews of Basler’s CoaXPress 2.0 camera.

Visitors will also be able to explore Basler’s embedded vision portfolio and new models in the Ace series: four 20 megapxiel Ace U models based on the IMX183 sensor from Sony's Exmor R series; and the new Ace U camera enabling a 1:1 replacement of cameras based on Sony's discontinued ICX618 CCD sensor.

The Med Ace, Basler's first camera series designed for medical and life sciences applications and produced under the DIN EN ISO 13485:2016 quality management system, will also be featured at the booth. This series brings CMOS technology to this industry, which is just starting its transition from CCD to CMOS.

Silicon Software, which was acquired by Basler last year, will showcase its latest frame grabber technology at a separate booth (#8533).

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CCS

CCS (#8559) will exhibit multiple lighting technologies, including its open-architecture illumination system for multi-shot imaging solutions, SWIR technology, a new series of plug-and-play lighting, and OLED technology for machine vision.

In particular, CCS will highlight its LSS series for computational imaging. The modules include lights, controller, and software for multi-shot image capture in a structured format. The technology delivers clear images in less time and at lower cost.

CCS will also showcase the EL series, a range of lighting solutions from its member group Effilux. These lights feature customisable components for a solution built to users’ exact application needs. Notable EL products to be featured at the trade fair include IP-rated lighting, SWIR, and pattern projectors.

In addition, CCS will feature the OLF series of OLED flat lights, bright organic LED lights for image processing. The lights have a slim design and produce high output and uniformity. New releases like the LFXV flat dome lights, which achieve a sharp image using a new guiding plate, will also be on display.

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Gardasoft

Gardasoft (booth 8910) will be launching a new generation of dual channel, high power lighting controllers. The FP200 series of controllers combines capabilities for high frequency, high power LED pulsing with low output current performance.

Other products on show will include a controller for OLED panel illumination, embedded solutions for lighting and liquid lens control, and a multichannel lighting controller illustrating computational imaging.

The FP200 series has trigger frequencies up to 10kHz for high-speed pulsing applications such as line scan imaging. A maximum pulse current of 20A also makes the controllers suitable for high power, long pulse applications such as UV curing. In addition, the new controllers deliver accuracy and repeatability at sub-milliamp levels which is vital for applications that are very sensitive to lighting variation.

Integration into machine vision systems is made easy with standalone or Triniti–compatible versions available, allowing Gardasoft’s Triniti intelligent lighting platform to be used if required. Web-browser configuration makes set-up straightforward. With increased overdriving capabilities for high intensity short pulses, the FP200 series provide full LED protection through Gardasoft’s SafeSense technology. SafeSense also provides LED status information to aid system diagnostics. The units are further protected by SafePower, which provides automatic flexible operation with low heat dissipation.

Also on show will be: the CC320 trigger timing controller; a 16-channel PP1600 controller, which will be demonstrated sequentially driving a four-segment ring light from CCS for computational imaging; and the TR-CL series of lens controllers will be in action with Optotune electrically-tuneable lenses to demonstrate image focusing in less than 10 milliseconds.

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Laser Components

Laser Components (booth 8536) will present its Flexpoint line laser module in a square casing (65 x 15 x 15mm). This latest addition to the Flexpoint MV series was designed for easy installation during series production of 3D systems for industrial image processing. Focus, beam position and all other parameters are aligned during production according to customer specifications.

The MV Square is also be available in a space-saving version in which the laser beam is deflected by 90° and exits from the side of the housing.

The MV series, including this new module, now includes ten models with a large range of options. Customers can choose between different wavelengths: blue (405/450nm), green (520nm), red (635/660/685nm) and NIR (785/830/850nm). Depending on the laser diode, exit powers of up to 100mW can be reached.

In addition to the standard models with adjustable focus, most are also available in low-price versions with fixed focus. Modules can now be supplied with separated optics and electronics sections, custom built to fit into tight spaces.

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Lucid

Lucid will showcase its latest GigE Vision cameras up to 31.4 megapixel and its new time-of-flight 3D camera at both Automate (#8551) and the UKIVA Machine Vision conference.

Product highlights will include the large format, high resolution Atlas camera featuring 5GBase-T capable of 600MB/s over standard Ethernet cable up to 100 metres. The 5GigE Atlas series ranges from 5 megapixel to 31.4 megapixel. The high-resolution Atlas models include the 31.4 megapixel Sony IMX342 APS-C format global shutter CMOS, the 19.6 megapixel IMX367, and 16.8 megapixel IMX387 sensors.

For applications such as robotic navigation, 3D inspection and logistics automation, Lucid will be showing its new, compact Helios 3D camera featuring Sony’s DepthSense ToF technology. Sony’s MX556PLR back-illuminated ToF image sensor offers high NIR sensitivity, 10μm pixel size, and a high modulation contrast ratio. The 0.3 megapixel Helios camera has a 640 x 480 pixel resolution running at 60fps.

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Matrox Imaging

Matrox Imaging will showcase Design Assistant X, the latest edition of its flowchart-based vision application software, at both Automate (booth 8336) and the UKIVA Machine Vision conference. Matrox Design Assistant X integrates new tools, including those for image classification using deep learning, and a tool that highlights surface imperfections using photometric stereo techniques. The software can interface directly with third-party 3D sensors.

Demonstrations at both shows will highlight how these tools perform effective verification and inspection using a Matrox Iris GTR smart camera, and a Matrox 4Sight vision controller with a GigE Vision camera.

Also on display at Automate will be the company’s newest CoaXPress 2.0 frame grabber, the Matrox Rapixo CXP, which captures high-speed video using a CXP area scan camera, and is programmed using Matrox Imaging Library software. Two interactive stations at the Chicago event will feature the Matrox Vision Academy online training platform, MIL CoPilot and Matrox Design Assistant X software.

Matrox Imaging will also give a presentation at the UKIVA conference on training a deep neural network for machine vision.

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Opto Engineering

Opto Engineering will be exhibiting at both Automate (#8156) and the UKIVA Machine Vision conference. On display will be the Core Plus series of large field-of-view telecentric lenses for area scan cameras and collimated illuminators. Both the working distance and the mechanical length of Core Plus lenses and illuminators have been optimised to make the system as compact as possible: compared to other telecentric lens and illuminator systems with similar fields of view, the Core Plus series is up to 45 per cent shorter.

Also new from Opto Engineering is an addition to its range of LED strobe controllers. The LTDVE8CH-20 and LTDVE4CH-20, with Ethernet and RS485 interfaces, feature eight and four output channels respectively, with currents up to 20A (pulsed) and 2A (continuous). These controllers set current intensity, pulse duration and delay of LED illuminators, offer filtering options for trigger signals, and synchronise the strobe pulses with the camera exposure to meet high speed imaging demands.

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Photoneo

Photoneo (booth 8168) will demonstrate a robot cell run by the Bin Picking Studio, web-based software for setting up automated bin picking, end-to-end, in one day. Other packages for bin picking offered by Photoneo include Locator and 3D Localization C++ SDK.

Photoneo’s expertise goes beyond CAD-based picking. Its AI-driven application AnyPick is designed for robots picking objects that vary in shape or size, with high speed (up to 500 picks per hour) and customisable weight limit. AnyPick is integrated within fast and high resolution PhoXi 3D scanners. AnyPick is a bin picking solution for e-commerce, warehouses, logistics, food industry and metallurgy.

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Teledyne Imaging

Teledyne Dalsa, and Teledyne e2v will exhibit their industrial vision solutions in booth 7938. Aligned within the Teledyne Imaging group of companies, the two will showcase a broad range of products targeted at logistics, robotics and packaging applications, including the Snappy 2M barcode sensor, the new Z-Trak 3D laser profiler, the Boa Spot XL smart camera, and an AI robotic arm featuring Sherlock 8.

Boa Spot XL is an all-in-one vision sensor, with integrated lighting, lens cover, and software. It is designed for error proofing, identification, general inspection and robot guidance.

Also on display will be the 5 Gigabit, GigE Vision area camera, Genie Nano 5GigE, and the CMOS line scan camera, Linea ML. Snappy 2M will be shown. The CMOS image sensor has real-time features ideal for fast scanning of 1D and 2D barcodes, and other applications including embedded imaging, virtual reality and intelligent surveillance cameras.

Finally, the Z-Trak 3D laser profiler will be shown. Z-Trak covers measurement ranges from 10mm to 1,000mm, and delivers highly linear, repeatable results by combining reflectance-based dynamic laser power control and an optimised optical path.

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Xenics

Xenics (booth 6173) will be showing its Gobi+ long-wave imager, offering frame rates of 60Hz and 50mK NETD detector noise.

The new Manx SWIR line-scan camera will be on display. The camera provides line rates of up to 390kHz with four different gain modes available, at a read noise of 380 e− in the highest gain setting. Offered in three resolutions of 512, 1,024, or 2,048 square pixels, the Manx is suitable for machine vision or process control applications. All this is delivered via the CoaXPress interface.

The company will also give an early preview of the Wildcat 640, a SWIR area-scan camera bringing a combination of high quality and high-speed imaging for demanding industrial applications. The new camera achieves excellent image quality thanks to low noise and dark current. Able to image at speeds of up to 200Hz, the Wildcat is well suited for applications such as quality control, laser spot detection, and low light imaging where image quality is crucial. The Wildcat series is set for release later this year.

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