USB3 Vision industrial cameras and Ensenso N20

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IDS Imaging Development Systems has unveiled its first AIA certified and USB3 Vision-compliant series of cameras. The new camera range will be starting with both housing and single-board level versions equipped with the latest generation of 1.3, 2, and 5 megapixel CMOS sensors.

Elsewhere, IDS has recently released the Ensenso N20, the latest 3D stereo camera from the Ensenso range.

The USB3 Vision cameras will be supplied with a monochrome, colour, or NIR sensor and will be suitable for a range of applications – from automation engineering and robotics, to small device construction, through to applications in the printing and packaging industry or medical technology.

The integrated CMOS sensors in the USB3 Vision range provide CCD quality sensitivity to light. They offer global and rolling shutter modes that can be changed while the camera is in operation, providing greater flexibility if requirements or ambient conditions change. More areas of interest are also available which can be used either to check several features simultaneously or to capture AOIs in a sequence of exposures using a wide range of different parameters.

The firmware of the USB3 Vision cameras currently supports the basic features of the standard camera and is gradually being extended.

Meanwhile, the new 3D stereo camera in the Ensenso range features a Gigabit Ethernet interface and integrated texture projection. Equipped with two high resolution 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensors, the Ensenso N20 camera provides a wider field of view allowing imaging of larger volumes and for working distances of up to 3 metres. A more powerful projector with blue LEDs together with the high resolution of the sensors provides a much greater level of detail and precise 3D data, even with difficult surfaces.

Like the earlier Ensenso N10 USB model, the Ensenso N20 is supplied with an interface to the MVTec Halcon image processing library and an extensive Software Development Kit (SDK). The software has been optimised particularly for robot vision applications as well as for multi-camera applications. This means working area and the resulting precision can be scaled to meet requirements by adjusting the number of cameras installed.

The SDK also includes software-controlled sub-sampling and binning, which allows extremely flexible data and frame rates, such as up to 80Hz, and hand-eye calibration, which makes it easier to integrate the camera in bin-picking applications, for instance. The Ensenso N20 is pre-calibrated and comes ready for immediate use.