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Sensors, Vision October 1, 1998

Vision made easy

Covington, Ky. —EZ Vision family of machine vision products is a general purpose system for inspections involving parts sorting, assembly verification, and on-line gaging and measurement. The complete system includes Microsoft Windows-based software, current PC technology, frame grabber board, I/O board, lights, and camera.

By Staff
Sensors, Vision October 1, 1998

Machine vision board does the work of four

Imaging Technology recently staked a claim as the first producer of a single machine vision board able to do the work of four acquisition boards. Known as IC-ASYNC, the new board puts four independent, asynchronous frame grabbers on one full-size PCI bus card, allowing multiple inspection points for fault detection of large, three-dimensional objects at what the com...

By Michael Drakulich, assistant editor, Control Engineering
Sensors, Vision October 1, 1998

Rugged 1-piece proximity sensor

Twinsburg, O. —Machined from solid stainless steel stock the Pile Driver family of proximity sensors resists abrasion, corrosion, and occasional target impacts. Forty models of 12, 18, and 30-mm (0.47, 0.71, and 1.18 in.) diameter housings are avaiable with ac/dc or three-wire dc outputs. Sensors are available in two series: FE Series for detecting ferrous metals and all grades of stainl...

By Staff
Sensors, Vision October 1, 1998

Panta Electronics takes over Philips Weighing

In a landmark deal, Philips Weighing was recently acquired by Panta Electronics and will now trade under a new name—GWT Global Weighing Technologies GmbH. "Global Weighing is a new name in the industry, but the company behind the brand predates most other companies in the business.

By Staff
Sensors, Vision October 1, 1998

Diffracting-based encoder resolves to increase accuracy

Can imperfections bring you closer to perfection? They can by measuring those imperfections accurately.For instance, using the interference between 1st diffraction orders, a patented encoder technology from MicroE (Natick, Mass.) can produce nearly perfect sinusoidal signals from a photodetector array inserted in the fringe pattern.

By Staff
Sensors, Vision September 1, 1998

Vision board does work of four

Bedford, Mass. —IC-Async puts four independent, asynchronous machine vision boards on one full-sized PCI bus card. It can acquire up to four camera inputs asynchronously. IC-Async can handle high-speed applications like multipoint inspection operations traditionally requiring complicated vision processors.

By Staff
Sensors, Vision September 1, 1998

Programmable measuring encoder

Geneva, Ill.— RH-P is an incremental encoder that allows users to select counts per revolution and output circuit type at installation time to suit the application. Using an integrated microcontroller, the device can be programmed to count in hundredths of an inch, up to 12 in. when equipped with the standard 12-in.

By Staff
Sensors, Vision August 1, 1998

Cognex will buy Allen-Bradley’s machine vision business

As part of a newly formed global relationship and technology transfer agreement, Cognex Corp. will pay an undisclosed amount to acquire certain Allen-Bradley machine vision hardware and software technologies from Rockwell Automation. The sale is part of Rockwell's recent restructuring effort to use strategic relationships to consolidate resources and create competiti...

By Staff
Sensors, Vision May 1, 1998

Uncooled thermal imaging camera secures data in rigorous applications

If you can't stand the heat, get a real-time thermal imaging camera that can. Heat contains valuable data about production process efficiency and resulting product quality. However, cryogenically cooled thermal imaging cameras often can't handle continuous, unsupervised process monitoring and control, while spot sensors often provide too little information for true thermal profiling and c...

By Staff
Sensors, Vision April 1, 1998

26-mm. dia. motor delivers 18 W

Burlingame, Calif.— Maxon's new motor utilizes rare-earth magnets and graphite brushes to maximize torque in a 1 in. (26 mm) diameter × 2.32 in. (59 mm) long package weighing 5.3 oz (150 g). Patented rhombic moving coil provides long life, low electrical noise, fast acceleration, and high efficiency.

By Staff