C3 laser scanning cameras

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Firstsight Vision has added the C3 family of robust laser scanning cameras from Automation Technology to its product line. The cameras offer outstanding speed and resolution for 3D imaging applications. On-board FPGA pre-processing of the raw image data enables the C3 3D cameras to provide previously unattainable frame rates for inspection, measurement and sorting in the third dimension.

C3 cameras are designed for use with laser line illumination for 3D imaging and have a resolution of 2352 x 1728 pixels. Extremely fast profile measurement speeds of up to 25KHz deliver up to 58 million 3D points per second. By evaluating the laser line data within the camera, only the information that is relevant to the application is determined, such as profile height and intensity values, which can then be sent over the interface to a further processing system such as the Common Vision Blox, imaging toolkit from Stemmer Imaging. This integrated processing determines the height profile of the measured surface with a sub-pixel precision of 1/16 pixel without losing speed.

The C3 family is available in Camera Link and Gigabit Ethernet versions for straightforward integration into both new and existing systems. In addition, the Camera Link models uniquely include a GenICam Transport Layer (normally found only on GigE Vision cameras) for Dalsa X64, Xcelera, PCCamlink, PC2Camlink, Euresys Grablink, Matrox Meteor and National Instruments frame grabbers. This means that cameras on these frame grabbers can be detected, configured and accessed in exactly the same way as a GigE Vision camera.

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