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Serval-640-Thermography, Tigris-640 and Bobcat-320 Series

Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the LWIR to the visible realm, went to Vision 2016 with a host of new developments. One of them being the new Serval-640-Thermography which was demonstrated at their booth. This ruggedized thermal (LWIR) camera is designed for industrial thermal imaging, thermography and process automation in harsh environments. In addition to the Serval-640-Thermography, the company’s new MWIR cooled camera, Tigris-640, was announced and demonstrated at the Xenics booth.

New ruggedized thermography camera - Serval-640-GigE Thermography

Xenics demonstrated its new Serval-640-Thermography at VISION. The Serval-Series fulfils a growing demand for rugged and reliable infrared systems for industrial thermal imaging and thermography applications. This thermal camera targets demanding indoor uses, such as in-line processes and quality control in harsh and hot industrial environments. Thanks to Serval’s IP67 enclosure rating there is no need for expensive third party protective housings. The camera has a compact form factor and provides protection to the front window using an air purge, which allows permanent use in dusty environments. It also serves crucial hot-spot, fire and smoke detection applications. The Serval-640-Thermography is the latest addition to the Serval-Series of ruggedized uncooled LWIR cameras allowing thermography in harsh industrial environments.

The Serval-640-Thermography is a compact thermography camera with an IP67 enclosure rating and fixed focal-length lenses. It has a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels with a 17 µm pixel pitch. The camera is designed for long-term stable and reliable thermography applications under harsh ambient conditions. The camera is thermally calibrated in-house and the calibration data is stored on-board, meaning that the camera outputs temperature readings which can be read by 3rd party software.

New cooled MWIR camera – Tigris-640

Xenics announced its new Tigris-640 MWIR camera series at VISION. This series will replace their Onca MWIR cameras which are end-of-life. The Tigris-640 aims at applications where high speed, high thermal sensitivity, on-board thermography or broadband detectors are required.

The Tigris-640 is a cooled midwave infrared (MWIR) camera equipped with a state-of-the-art InSb or MCT detector with 640 x 512 pixels and pixel pitch of 15 µm. Both detectors are optionally available as BroadBand (BB) detectors, meaning that their spectral sensitivity is extended into the SWIR band. The Tigris-640 comes with a motorized filter wheel and is equipped with a variety of interface including GigE Vision, CameraLink, analog out, HD-SDI and a configurable trigger in- or output.

Main difference between the 2 available detectors is their A to D conversion and their speed. The Tigris-640-MCT camera offers 14 bit images at a maximum full frame rate of 117 Hz. The Tigris-640-InSb comes with a detector that works in 13-, 14- or 15-bit mode at a maximum full frame rate of 300 Hz. Both frame rates can be increased by using a Window-Of-Interest (WOI).

SWIR InGaAs cameras for volume applications - Bobcat-320 Series

The new Bobcat-320-Series is on display at VISION 2016. The Bobcat-320-Series is a series of SWIR cameras designed for cost-sensitive industrial and R&D applications like laser beam analysis, semiconductor inspection or laser gated imaging. The Bobcat-320 is a SWIR InGaAs camera equipped with a thermo-electric cooler for temperature stabilization of the sensor, guaranteeing low noise and dark current values. Together with its on-board image processing, which alleviates system integrators of most of the software application development, the camera delivers excellent image quality. Other features include standard CameraLink or GigE Vision (with Power over Ethernet) interfaces, user-friendly Xeneth software, plus a versatile software development kit.

To suit various application segments and cost considerations, the Bobcat-320 SWIR camera is available in three versions:

1.Bobcat-320 SWIR camera

  • A basic 100-Hz model with limited on-board processing directed at competitive volume markets.
  • An advanced 400-Hz high-speed version with complete on-board image processing, windowing and auto-exposure included.

2.Bobcat-320-Gated SWIR camera

  • A unique gated imaging version for use in R&D and specialized dedicated applications like laser gated imaging.

Another advantage of the Bobcat-320-Series is the ability to see through glass. This allows the user to equip the camera with standard glass C-mount lenses and does not affect the SWIR image when integrating the camera into standard protective housings. Its very compact form factor, light weight and low power consumption simplify this task.



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