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BM-500GE/BB-500GE cameras

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JAI has introduced a 5 Megapixel camera with GigE Vision digital interface as part of the Basic tier of the company's three-tier C3 Camera Suite.

The high resolution camera is available in two versions: BM-500GE (monochrome) and BB-500GE (raw Bayer color). Both models are built around the Sony ICX625 2/3-inch CCD sensor (2448 x 2050 pixels - QSXGA) and are equipped with a standard GigE Vision digital interface including RJ-45 connectors with thumbscrews to ensure reliable performance in industrial environments.

A unique feature of the BM-500GE/BB-500GE is its Sequence Trigger Mode, which allows the user to pre-define on-the-fly changes to gain, shutter, and/or region of interest (ROI) settings for a repeating sequence of up to 10 consecutive triggers. This capability is particularly useful in automated production line environments where items being inspected might require different settings for different regions of the object.

Potential applications for the BM-500GE/BB-500GE include printed circuit board inspection, automotive parts inspection, glass inspection, traffic enforcement, fruit sorting on broad conveyer belts, and facial recognition at security checkpoints.

The camera operates at 15fps with full 5 Megapixel resolution while partial scanning and binning modes are also provided for increased flexibility and performance. The camera includes programmable general purpose input/output ports (GPIO) for flexible connection with external factory automation equipment such as PLCs.

In-camera pre-processing functions include automatic white balance, a look-up table (LUT) for dealing with difficult lighting conditions, and a blemish compensation function, which eliminates pixels with extremely low or high output characteristics by interpolating neighbouring pixels.

The BM-500GE/BB-500GE also features auto-iris lens control, making the camera ideal for outdoor applications with wide ranging lighting conditions, such as intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and surveillance.

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