Machine vision: Color camera, flat-panel inspection, x-ray image processor

02/23/2006


Recent machine vision developments include Dalsa Corp .’s sale of $1.3 million (CDN) of machine vision products for Next Instrument’s flat-panel-display inspection equipment; new FocalSpot Inc . VIPx X-Ray Image Processor; and new Toshiba Teli America Inc . CS6910CL color machine vision camera.

Dalsa Corp. received contracts from Next Instrument, a leading Korean supplier of flat-panel-display inspection equipment. Dalsa will provide the customer with latest-generation electronic cameras, designed to image at very high speeds under low light conditions. Next Instrument’s system searches for defects on flat-panel televisions, notebook PCs, and LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors as they are being manufactured. This kind of online, real-time quality control allows flat-panel manufacturers improve yield and lower costs, Dalsa suggests.

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VIPx by FocalSpot is said to provide a rich toolbox for analysis of PCBs, components, mechanical parts, and electrical interconnections.

FocalSpot Inc.’s VIPx X-Ray Image Processor offers an extended feature set of advanced SMT/BGA inspection capabilities and image enhancement tools to address current industry requirements. VIPx is a Microsoft Windows XP-based Image Processor said to deliver advanced solder joint, package and PCB board level diagnostic software capabilities for enhanced visualization, precise measurement, and user-defined (pass or fail) analysis of SMT/BGA solder joints, PCBs, components, mechanical parts and electrical interconnections. VIPx can be used to upgrade most x-ray inspection systems, (manual or semi-automated) with PC-based functionality. Wizard-driven diagnostic helpers ease use; algorithm-based inspection modules automatically find solder connections and perform measurement and defect detection by operator requires. VIPx also delivers data collection and comprehensive measurement reporting to isolate, quantify, and document faults for corrective action. The system price is $12,500. Find detailed specifications and online demonstrations at the company’s URL.

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Toshiba Teli America Inc. color CS6910CL machine vision camera does up to 30 frames-per-second.

Toshiba Teli America Inc.’s CS6910CL incorporates a Fuji honeycomb-style 1/4-in. CCD sensor. When compared to traditional CCDs, the honeycomb technology provides superior color fidelity and greater sensitivity, the company says, which translates into lower error rates for manufacturers. It has speeds up to 30 frames-per-second in full frame output across a wide range of color vision applications. The 2.01 Megapixel Monochrome Machine Vision Camera, CS3970CL, has CameraLink digital video interface and is said to be smart, and cost-effective choice for OEM industrial vision applications: precision gauging, alignment, character reading, and fine-defect inspection on very small parts.
Find more machine vision products, services, and companies at Control Engineering ’s www.cesuppliersearch.com . Find system integrators with machine vision expertise at www.controleng.com/integrators .

—Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief, Control Engineering,
MHoske@cfemedia.com





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