Industrial cameras offer precise Image Processing and Real-time datathat contribute to automation and quality assurance. The latest models have KI-supported analysis and improved connectivity. This makes them fit for the requirements of Industry 4.0. In this article we present the latest innovations and possible applications of industrial camera in modern manufacturing processes.

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Ueye+ XCP and XLS cameras for low-light applications

IDS Industrial Camera Embedded03.07.2024 | The compact and cost-effective Ueye+ XCP and XLS cameras from IDS offer exceptional image quality even in low ambient light. IDS is the first industrial camera manufacturer to present the 2 MP IMX662 sensor from Sony's Starvis 2 series in color and monochrome versions. These sensors are designed for maximum light sensitivity and are now available both as compact Ueye+ XCP models and as board-level variants of the uEye+ XLS series.

With their compact design, both camera families are ideal for embedded applications. Ueye+ XCP models have a closed housing of 29 x 29 x 17 mm with C-mount lens connection.

The Ueye+ XLS variants are only 29 x 29 x 7 mm in size and are available as board cameras with or without C/CS or S-mount lens holders. The performance of the new USB3 industrial cameras under low-light conditions is particularly impressive.

Jürgen Hejna, Product Manager Ueye at IDS, highlights the advantages of the special, sensitive pixel technology: "We offer this rolling shutter sensor with anti-reflection coating, which further improves the image quality. Thanks to this feature, annoying reflections, the so-called lens flare, within the camera are reduced or completely avoided."

In the future, IDS plans to make the full range of Sony Starvis 2 sensors available in various camera families to offer customers maximum flexibility in choosing these highly light-sensitive sensors.

High-speed camera detects complex events

Phantom high speed camera

17.09.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX | A High-speed camera can precisely detect the cause of errors in short-term complex events. High speed vision presents a new one for this Phantom T1340 high-speed camera. As the first camera in the new T series, it opens up completely new possibilities in process optimization. With such a high-speed camera, processes can be Research + development and optimize manufacturing automation. This can save considerable development time.

The new Phantom T1340 high-speed camera combines outstanding features in resolution and recording speed with simplified Workflow in the smallest of spaces. With only 12,5 x 12,5 x 20 cm, the 4 Mpx high-speed camera is the most compact camera in its performance class. Robust in an aluminum housing, the high-speed camera has an integrated memory. It is shock resistant up to 30 G and is suitable for mobile use in cramped and harsh environments.  

Resolution and frame rate of the high-speed camera

The resolution is 2048 1952 x pixels. 3.270 fps (frames per second) can be achieved. If the user activates the binning mode, the light sensitivity and frame rate increase. This z. For example, an impressive 1024 fps can be recorded at a resolution of 976 x 12.130.

If the resolution is further reduced, up to 113.514 fps will be realized. The high light sensitivity ISO up to 12.000 in mono mode and up to 4000 in color with 12-bit image resolution enables high detection capabilities even in shadowy areas. The camera ensures a flexible and efficient workflow. 

Special features

  • CineMag V memory (up to 8 TB) for safe and very fast storage process
  • 10 GB Ethernet optional, very fast download speed
  • On Camera Controls (OCC)
  • SDI and HDMI inputs for live monitoring and playback

The 144 GB of RAM Storage also enables longer recording times and can be divided into up to 64 partitions as a ring buffer for recurring events. The image-based auto trigger is an advantage here.


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In addition to the visual evaluation of images and videos, the analysis software important measurement functions such as measurements of time, position, distance, speed, angle and angular speed and synchronization with external Controllers.

SWIR camera with dual-mode Ingaas sensor for the ns range

11.11.2019 | The “NIT Widy Sens SWIR” cameras with dual-mode “Ingaas” sensor from Rauscher offer a compromise between high sensitivity through linear response and high dynamics at 120 dB with logarithmic response. 230 frames/s and synchronous image recording in the ns range are further features of the camera.

The sensors are designed for the wavelength range between 900 nm and 1700 nm and provide a resolution of 640 x 512 pixels. The Cameras is available with USB 3.0, Cameralink and GigE InterfaceThe Smart versions also offer bad pixel replacement and non-uniformity correction. The gated mode models have externally synchronized exposure times from 100 ns to 9 µs.

All Ingaas sensors are self-developed and produced in-house.

Embedded vision solutions for NXP's i.MX 8 processors

05.02.2019 | Basler (Sales Rauscher) is expanding its embedded vision offering with two camera modules that are tailored to NXP's i.MX 8 processors. The combination of Basler's camera expertise and NXP's powerful processors enables ideal embedded vision solutions for industrial applications.

NXP's i.MX 8 processors are long-term available and meet all relevant requirements for temperature and ruggedness in industrial environments. The processors are suitable for simple to complex image processing applications.

To start with, Basler is launching two new Dart camera modules with BCON for MIPI interface and integrated ISP (Image Signal Processor) with 5 MP and 13 MP resolution as well as two new add-on camera kits. The kits offer the perfect starting point for adding vision to NXP's widely used evaluation boards without much effort.

The Add-on Camera Kits support the evaluation boards with the i.MX 8QuadMax, i.MX 8MQuad and i.MX 8M Mini processors. They are available with 5 MP and 13 MP Dart camera modules. The associated driver makes commissioning as easy as possible and is optimized for the respective processor. In addition to the camera module, the kits also include cables, lenses and a BCON for MIPI to Mini SAS adapter.


Fastest 3D stereo camera and image processing in one device


With the integration of the NXP i.MX 8 processors Basler Embedded Vision gives customers access to another system-on-chip manufacturer that is particularly well-known in the industrial environment for its range of services. The flexible approach enables users to combine all Basler BCON for MIPI camera modules and all NXP i.MX 8 processors. This gives them the best setup for their respective application. It has never been so easy to find the optimal price-performance ratio for an embedded vision system.

High-resolution industrial cameras with global and rolling shutter

19.07.2017 | Basler is expanding its ACE industrial camera series (distributed by Rauscher) with 20 new, high-resolution cameras. This brings the series to over 120 cameras, making it the largest camera series in the industrial image processing market. To make it easier to differentiate, the ACE series is classified into three product lines: Classic, U and L.

Twelve ACE industrial cameras are equipped with the Sony "Pregius" sensors IMX253, IMX255, IMX267 and IMX304 and form the L product line. With resolutions of 9 and 12 megapixels and deliver up to 40 frames/s. These cameras offer brilliant Pregius image quality and a pixel size of 3,45 µm. State-of-the-art global shutter technology ensures distortion-free images, even at high speeds. With these properties, the new L cameras are suitable for applications in highly automated 3D inspection systems or in traffic monitoring, for example in tolling.

Eight ACE cameras are equipped with the Sony Starvis sensors IMX178 and IMX226 and are part of the U product line. With the latest rolling shutter technology and resolutions of 6 and 12 megapixels with up to 59 frames/s, the cameras can fully exploit their potential in microscopy applications and in less complex automation tasks in the electronics industry. The back-illuminated sensor technology ensures high sensitivity with a pixel size of 2,4 µm (IMX178) or 1,85 µm (IMX226). With these light-sensitive sensors, the U cameras offer very good image quality even in low light conditions.


Vision Sensor solves many tasks in factory automation


All 20 cameras are available with GigE Vision or with a USB 3.0 interface and are GigE Vision 2.0 or USB3 Vision standard compliant. The GigE cameras impress with powerful GigE Vision 2.0 features such as PTP. The ten color cameras also have the PGI feature set, the combination of 5x5 debayering, color anti-aliasing, noise reduction and image sharpness optimization. The Basler "Pylon" Camera Software Suite also ensures quick and easy integration of the ACE cameras. All 20 models are available as design-in samples.

Boardlevel camera for precise images of fast moving objects

01.02.2016 | Basler (Distribution Rauscher) has expanded the "Dart" camera series: The daA1600-60um and daA1600-60uc with the e2v sensor EV76C570 offer outstanding image quality. This e2v sensor with a pixel size of 4,5 x 4,5 µm offers a maximum image circle of 1/1.8 inch and is the largest sensor in the Dart cameras.

The cameras are suitable for use in industrial Microscopy with the required color fidelity and color reproduction as well as real-time transmission. The classic 4:3 format used here also ensures that the image circle of the microscope is optimally utilized by that of the sensor.

With the Global Shutter Sensor The Dart delivers a speed of 60 fps. With a manually adjusted ROI (Region of Interest), the frame rate can be increased even further. The board-level cameras are suitable for applications in automation, microscopy, intelligent transport systems (ITS) and robotics vision applications.

Technical features:

  • Basler dart boardlevel cameras with e2v 76C570 sensor
  • Models da1600-60um and da1600-60 uc
  • Monochrome and color
  • Resolution: 1600 x 1200 pixels
  • Sensor format: 1 / 1.8 inch
  • Pixel size: 4,5 x 4,5μm
  • Global shutter
  • Frame rate: 60 pictures / s
  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Lens Connector: Bare Board, S, CS Mount

Smart cameras with user-friendly standard software

27.10.2015 | Vision Components can now also offer user-friendly standard software for all industrial image processing tasks for the ARM-based smart cameras of the Z series: Halcon Embedded with its integrated development environment and comprehensive library for blob analysis, morphology, matching, measurement, identification and much more has been successfully ported to the new camera models.

The application development is done conveniently on the PC and can then be transferred to the Smart Cameras from Vision Components running a Linux operating system. On the hardware side, users have a variety of sensors, processors and interfaces at their disposal.

The actual Halcon version 12.0.1 enables significant speed increases and offers numerous new features that make the work of application developers easier. Optical character recognition (OCR) is even more reliable and in many cases works without the need for complex individual adjustment of parameters:

The software recognizes characters regardless of their size and is very good at distinguishing text from the background even under difficult conditions, for example when the display is distorted. Other highlights include Queues for data exchange between threads as well as a whole range of new calculation functions for weld seam monitoring. Additional software interfaces facilitate the further processing of data.

Tuples or iconic variables from Halcon can now be directly Visual Studio check. In "H Develop" you can now also process vector variables and display tuples as 1D or 2D plots from the variables window. In code reading applications, edges outside the barcode to be read are more easily ignored. EAN-13/UPC-A barcodes are more reliably recognized on blurred or fuzzy images and with 2/5 interleaved codes the barcode reader is more tolerant of widened or narrowed code bars or overexposure.

Source: This article is based on information from the following companies: Basler, High Speed ​​Vision, Rauscher, Vision Components.

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