SPIE Photonics West

27 January 2018 to 01 February 2018
San Francisco, California, United States

Edmund Optics

Edmund Optics will be exhibiting its most popular imaging products. This includes its C-series family of fixed focal length lenses perfectly designed for factory automation and inspection applications; its UC-series family of competitvely priced, high performance ultra-compact fixed focal length lenses; and its Cr lenses, fixed focal length lenses for demanding applications involving shock and vibration.

Also at firm’s booth will be product expos on drone-based imaging for analysing the health of crops, a UV laser materials processing system, and well-plate inspection for advanced medical diagnostics. The company will also be at Bios, where it will present products specifically addressing the life science market.


Frankfurt Laser Company

The HAML-F series of laser diode modules for 3D vision systems, to be showcased by Frankfurt Laser Company, is compact, reliable and delivers a uniform and stable line output beam. It comes in visible and IR wavelengths with up to 100mW power output, and is graded at IP67 for industrial protection. Available with special features such as digital and analogue modulation, different beam shapes and power adjustments, the HAML-F can be used in a wide range of applications.

Laser Components

Laser Components will present a new generation of line laser modules for machine vision. The M18 threaded MV18 module is the latest addition to the MV series, while existing models like MVnano, MVpico and MVfemto have been re-engineered for better functionality and flexibility.

The models offer: a new focusing mechanism for stable beam positioning and low line positioning drift; new focusing options to match line thickness and depth of focus; COS4 correction for homogenous line performance in applications with a wide field of view; low-priced fixed focus variants; space-saving versions with separated optics and electronics; optics-only versions for integration in camera systems; and versions with integrated microcontrollers and a serial interface.


Photometricsis set to present its Prime BSI and Iris 15 scientific CMOS cameras at the show.

The Prime BSI delivers the perfect balance between high resolution imaging and sensitivity thanks to its optimised pixel design with 95 per cent quantum efficiency to maximise signal detection.

This 4.2-megapixel camera with 6.5μm pixels captures highly detailed images at frame rates of 47fps at 16 bits and 94fps at 12 bits. The Prime BSI also delivers a 100 per cent pixel fill factor and does not rely on micro-lensing technology to increase detection, resulting in a 30 per cent increase in sensitivity over previous sCMOS cameras. The camera also offers 1.1e- read noise, 45,000e- pixel full well and 41,000:1 dynamic range.

Primary applications of the Prime BSI include TIRF microscopy, light sheet microscopy, cell motility and ratiometric imaging.

The Iris 15 is designed with a large field of view for live cell microscopy applications. Its 15-megapixel sensor and 25mm field of view provide extremely high-resolution images over a large area. It also offers acquisition speeds over 30fps, ensuring dynamic cellular events are properly captured and documented.

The camera has a 4.25 x 4.25µm pixel area, which meets the requirements for Nyquist spatial sampling at 40 times magnification, as well as high sensitivity, with a 73 per cent quantum efficiency and low noise levels.

Primary applications of the Iris 15 include, among others, light sheet microscopy, multi-colour fluorescence, tissue and cellular imaging, and clinical diagnostics.



In addition to its usual portfolio, Photonfocus will be presenting cameras with high full-well capacity for welding and measuring applications, SWIR cameras for infrared and spectral applications, 3D cameras for laser welding applications, hyperspectral cameras for spectral analysis, and a hyperspectral SDK to obtain calibrated hypercubes.



Photonis plans to introduce the Cricket, a simple optical coupling device designed to enable any scientific camera to become an intensified camera. As a plug-and-play complete housing, the Cricket includes an image intensifier, power supply and optical coupling to preserve correct image alignment. Intensified images are ready to be captured after connecting the Cricket to an existing camera via C-mount connections, connecting the power supply and adjusting the focus.

The unit can be ordered with custom image intensifier configurations for your application, including phosphor screens, MCP configurations, Hi-QE photocathodes, fast gating (internal or external), and optics.

Ideal for physics, FLIM and plasma research, the Cricket supports 1µlux sensitivity or single photon counting with gating options down to 3ns.


Princeton Instruments

Princeton Instruments will introduce its Blaze spectroscopy CCD cameras, with new sensors that offer up to three times higher NIR sensitivity and low dark current, making it perfect for demanding applications such as Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence or photoluminescence.

Blaze offers spectral rates of up to thousands of spectra per second. For low light applications, it delivers true -100⁰C cooling for ultra-low dark current, ideal for long exposures.

Sill Optics

Sill Optics’ telecentric lenses for applications beyond standard metrology setups will be on display.

Telecentric measurements provide high precision, constant magnification and low distortion, even for objects with a certain depth. Telecentric coaxial illumination through a lens also improves surface texture evaluation.

Telecentric lenses with integrated focus tuneable lenses enable a variable working distance and z-scan. Moreover, the telecentric imaging of a tilted object plane results in considerably lower distortion. 


Teledyne e2v

Teledyne e2v will be exhibiting its range of standard, semi-custom and fully custom imaging solutions, including the new Bora 1.3 megapixel 3D time-of-flight (ToF) CMOS image sensor.

The sensor is ideal for systems operating at short to medium distances and ranges. It features an optimised multi-integration mode, providing excellent performance in low light conditions, together with an electronic global shutter, while still maintaining the accuracy and frame rate performance of existing ToF systems. 



Now a finalist in the Prism Awards 2018 for the category of detectors and sensors, Xenics will be exhibiting the new XLIN-FC detector series.

The XLIN-FC is an InGaAs line array featuring low noise and a 400kHz line rate at 512, 1,024 or 2,048-pixel resolution. The detector uses flip-chip hybridisation and operates in low illumination conditions thanks to a highly sensitive read-out integrated circuit. Five gain settings allow the user to benefit from optimum performance either in high dynamic range mode, or high sensitivity mode.



Ximea will present its digital cameras for industrial and scientific applications, specifically some of the smallest, lightest and fastest models available. Application areas that benefit from such cameras, in addition to the company’s software tools, include virtual reality, industrial, scientific, and embedded vision. 


Matthew Dale explores how 3D cameras are granting robots the gift of sight


Rob Ashwell finds that logistics, healthcare and research are turning to consumer imaging systems for their needs


Artificial intelligence seems to be sweeping the world and neural networks are now starting to find their way into the industrial imaging market. Greg Blackman investigates 


Wilhelm Stemmer, who has recently retired and sold his shares in Stemmer Imaging, the company he founded 30 years ago