EVENT/ SHOW PREVIEW

The Vision Show

10 April 2018 to 12 April 2018
Boston, MA, USA
Exhibitors: 

Basler

Basler will have two booths, one for machine vision products and one for embedded vision products and solutions. At booth 403, Basler will show the new Ace U models with the IMX287 and IMX273 sensors from Sony’s Pregius series. They offer high quality and high speed with 1.6 megapixel and VGA resolution, and are a convenient replacement for CCD sensors.

The live demos will show new features of the Ace: the PGI for monochrome cameras includes denoising and improved sharpness, while the stacked ROI feature means the user can select multiple regions of interest. This increases the speed and reduces data load.

At booth 917, the new Dart Bcon for MIPI camera will displayed, offering a combination of the MIPI CSI-2 interface with the GenICam standard. There will be two live demos, one of which showing face recognition.

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BitFlow

BitFlow will be highlighting its CoaXPress expertise, as well as showing some of its latest products. The company’s latest CoaXPress frame grabber, the Aon-CXP, will be on display. The Aon-CXP is a low-cost single-link CoaXPress frame grabber that supports one CXP-6 camera. This complements the Cyton CXP family for cameras with one to four links while using the same BitFlow cross interface SDK.

Also on display will be the Axion-CL, BitFlow’s sixth generation Camera Link frame grabber combining the power of CoaXPress with the requirements of Camera Link 2.0, as well as the BitBox industrial I/O box, driven by a high-speed cable connected to a BitFlow frame grabber. The BitBox is compatible with the Axion-CL frame grabbers and Cyton-CXP frame grabbers.

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CCS

CCS America will launch its LSS Computational Illumination Series at the show. CCS will introduce a new open-architecture illumination system designed for computational imaging.

The series will be the highlight of the company’s exhibit with multiple live demonstrations supporting the product launch. These include a demo of extended depth of field using a liquid lens controller, as well as demos showing photometric stereo and multispectral imaging. With this new technology it is possible to capture images that previous systems could not, in less time and at lower cost.

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E-con Systems

E-con Systems will show its complete range of cameras including the upcoming 4K 360° multi-camera system. The company will demonstrate streaming three 4K cameras using the three four-lane MIPI CSI-2 interfaces on an Nvidia Jetson TX2 processor. The device can support uncompressed image streaming up to 4K resolution at 30ps from all three cameras simultaneously.

The 4K 360° camera system consists of three 13 megapixel four-lane MIPI CSI-2 cameras based on AR1335 CMOS sensors from On Semiconductor. All three cameras are connected to the adaptor board using customised 30cm micro-coaxial cables with connector locks at both ends.

The three cameras can be synchronised for image analysis, which is ideal for 360° camera applications such as surveillance, autonomous vehicles, and drones.

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Euresys

Euresys will show the Coaxlink Octo, an eight-connection CXP-6 frame grabber. The camera data transfer rate is 5GB/s; the frame grabber comes with a PCIe Gen 3 x8 bus offering a peak delivery bandwidth of 7.8GB/s. The effective delivery bandwidth is 6.7GB/s. The device is also compatible with the Memento Event Logging Tool.

The Coaxlink Octo is designed for multi-camera applications, with support for up to eight cameras on a single frame grabber. Successful Coaxlink applications include 3D automated optical inspection, flat panel display inspection, printing inspection, and in-vehicle video transfer.

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EVT

EVT will be displaying its EyeVision software with graphical user interface. EyeVision has commands to solve image processing applications such as pattern matching, object detection, 3D and colour inspection, code reading, OCR and OCV, robot guidance, bin-picking, metrology, and thermal imaging, among others.

EyeVision also has a parallel processing function for running inspection programs using several 2D cameras and 3D sensors. Other new tools in EyeVision include: a program for 3D bin-picking that recognises the shape and position of an object; a profile scanner called ProfileMatch that can measure image profiles and check for errors, such as holes in weld seams; and the 3D unrolling command that straightens 3D point cloud images of tilt-scans.

EVT also now offers a deep learning software tool, called VECID, for number plate recognition and identifying the make and model of cars.

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Flir Systems

Flir Systems will be showcasing the latest technologies from its infrared camera and area scan camera divisions.

The infrared cameras are ideal for monitoring high and low voltage installations, and electrical and mechanical equipment to identify potential problems before failure occurs. The area scan cameras include the new 10GigE Oryx camera combining the latest Pregius CMOS sensors, 10 Gb/s transfer rates, and rich features. Flir will also display its newest Blackfly S GigE camera featuring the Sony 20 megapixel CMOS sensor.

This is a great opportunity to ask about upgrading Sony CCD installations to Sony Pregius CMOS, as well as see Flir’s latest Pregius cameras from VGA to 12 megapixels.

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Framos

Framos will be presenting its full imaging portfolio with a focus on cameras and industrial solutions including Intel’s RealSense technology.

The company will show examples of the latest advances in machine vision, 3D technology and embedded vision, and provide practical solutions to industry-specific challenges. In addition, based on the long-term partnership with sensor manufacturer, Sony, Framos will showcase the latest CMOS sensors for vision applications.

Users can explore easy-to-integrate 3D vision on demo stations. The booth will also include cameras from Emergent Vision, Smartek Vision and ISVI, customised sensor solutions from Pyxalis, and lighting components from Effilux and Falcon Illumination.

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Gardasoft

John Merva, vice president, North America at Gardasoft, will be giving a talk entitled ‘When, where, and how to use an LED lighting controller’ at 8am on 12th April at The Vision Show conference. In the talk, Merva will explain the situations in which precision lighting control can greatly improve the performance of a machine vision system. Merva will give examples such as how lighting controllers can enable the user to overcome the effects of ambient light and avoid measurement errors.

There will also be the opportunity to watch precision lighting control in action. The power and flexibility of the Gardasoft CC230 trigger timing controller will be displayed in a demonstration that shows how precision illumination sequences can be easily created to allow a camera and light to be triggered when a fast-moving object passes under the camera.

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Hikvision

Hikvision will highlight its machine vision technologies at the show in Boston. Hikvision is one of the world’s largest video surveillance manufacturers. It is also a leading provider of artificial intelligence, robotics and other emerging technologies.

At the exhibit booth, Hikvision will feature products such as its industrial smart cameras, a 25-megapixel high-resolution 10GigE area scan camera, high-resolution line scan cameras (4k and 8k), Precision Time Protocol, and other machine vision technologies. The company’s machine vision cameras are built with high-quality CMOS or CCD sensors, and have high frame rates, high resolution, colour reduction, and high transmission speeds.

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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 successful MV series, while existing models like MVnano, MVpico and MVfemto have been re-engineered for better functionality and flexibility.

Functionality includes: a focusing mechanism for stable beam positioning and low line positioning drift; 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.

Lucid Vision Labs

Lucid Vision Labs will showcase live demonstrations of its latest GigE Vision camera technologies. These include four different models of Phoenix, a small GigE PoE camera ranging from 3.2-megapixel to 12.3-megapixel resolutions. With a unique board design, the Phoenix camera has a compact and lightweight form factor, making it easy to integrate into OEM products and systems. Optional NF-mount lenses and an Ix Industrial connector further reduce the camera’s overall footprint. The cameras are based on Sony Pregius CMOS sensors.

Also on display will be the Triton IP67 camera, featuring a dustproof and water-resistant enclosure and lens tube. The cameras are designed to be used in a variety of industrial environments such as food inspection and agriculture where dust, dirt or water can be present. Triton measures 29 x 29mm and has a threaded outer lens barrel for fitting an IP67 lens tube.

Finally, Lucid’s new Phoenix polarisation camera will be on display. It features Sony’s IMX250MZR CMOS polarised sensor. The 5-megapixel global shutter sensor, with a pixel size of 3.45µm and frame rates of up to 24fps, is based on the IMX250 Sony Pregius CMOS mono sensor with a polarising filter added to the pixel. The sensor has four different directional polarising filters - 0°, 90°, 45°, and 135° - on every four pixels. Phoenix performs on-camera processing using the four directional filters, and outputs both the intensity and polarised angle of each image pixel.

Torsten Wiesinger, general manager, EMEA at the company, will give a presentation at the conference about polarisation imaging on 12 April at 10:45am.

Matrox Imaging

Matrox Imaging will be demonstrating the field-proven Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) SDK, recently updated for photometric stereo imaging, rectangular shape finding, and image classification using deep learning (CNN). Visitors can request individual presentations of Matrox Design Assistant 5.1, the latest version of the company’s flowchart-based IDE software.

On display for the first time will be two new PCIe adaptor boards, one supporting multiple GigE Vision cameras with PoE, and the other the higher-speed CoaXPress standard. Matrox Imaging products are designed to decrease development time and cost while providing optimal price/performance within a common software environment.

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Navitar and Pixelink

Navitar and Pixelink have created a camera and lens integration programme that will be on display. The programme offers customers an integrated imaging system delivering excellent image quality.

The Navitar high-resolution imaging lenses, the Resolv4K 12x zoom and zoom 6000, are matched with Pixelink CMOS industrial cameras creating an integrated and optimised imaging solution. Lens systems can be built with motorised or fixed components, and include Pixelink Capture software.

Pixelink Capture, a real-time, multi-camera application for image and video capture, has integrated lens control for Navitar motorised products, and accurate autofocus options for Navitar motorised fine focus mechanisms. Pixelink Capture includes a metrology tool that gives users the ability to capture, measure, and enhance images, in addition to correlating image data and output the data in a format that can be analysed by other packages.

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NET

NET will present its latest smart cameras and custom vision solutions. The smart vision system, Corsight, is a versatile all-in-one device for machine vision. It features a quad-core CPU and a FPGA, resulting in more computing power for real-time applications.

NET offers Corsight with a freely programmable FPGA, so customers can apply their own algorithms. Also, customers can choose which image library to apply on Corsight: third-party or proprietary.

Also on display will be GigEPro, the company’s GigE Vision cameras with integrated image pre-processing. The camera’s open camera concept gives customers access to the onboard FPGA for custom applications. NET offers GigEPro with all features enabling customers to integrate their algorithms on the camera. By shifting image pre-processing from the PC to the camera, customers can make performance improvements.

Finally, HDselect will be shown, a compact modular camera supporting various sensor resolutions up to 1080/60p. The device is suitable for flexible and rigid endoscopy. HDselect has various interface technologies, including MIPI, LVDS, parallel and analogue. It also features data transfer over remote distances between glavanic isolated camera electronics, and electromagnetic compatibility.

Teledyne Dalsa

Teledyne Dalsa has prepared an industry preview of its newest and most advanced multi-line CMOS cameras. In addition, visitors will see in-booth live demonstrations of Teledyne’s high value monochrome, colour and infrared area cameras, vision sensors, image processing software, smart cameras and vision systems.

Join Teledyne Dalsa for a ‘Hot Corner’ sessions on multi-line CMOS imaging and 3D laser profiling.

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Ximea

Ximea will be exhibiting embedded vision solutions; cameras with Sony CMOS Pregius and PCIe or USB3 interfaces, ideal for multi-camera setups; and cameras with resolutions from 2.3 to 12.4 megapixels.

The XiB is a new high resolution model with a 50 megapixel CMOS sensor, operating at 30fps with no frame grabber. The XiB-64 offers a PCI Express Gen3 interface with a data stream of 64Gb/s. One model offers 1.1 megapixels at 3,500fps, while a second has HD resolution at 2,500fps.

The XiJ scientific-grade line of cameras is based on TE cooled CCD sensors with up to 29-megapixel resolution and USB3 interface. The XiS is Ximea’s latest sCMOS camera with 4.2-megapixel and 15.2-megapixel models, and backside illumination versions. The cameras have high dynamic range and exceptional QE of up to 95 per cent.

Finally, the XiSwitch is an OEM, custom board that can connect many different camera types together. It streams synchronously 64Gb/s of data from cameras directly to computer memory.

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