Jun 18, 2013
At home, I’m the unofficial “Tech” responsible for ensuring that our home computer network runs smoothly. At last count, we have a dozen different devices running on the network, including several smart phones, a few laptops, a printer and just recently a new smart TV. Of all those devices, the one with the potential for the biggest headache is the printer. With my high school and university age children always choosing to print their assignments either late at night or in the morning before they leave the house, my job is to make sure the printer is always up and running, ready to print at a moment’s notice. Continue reading
May 31, 2013
Our article is featured on the May 2013 issue of Photonics Spectra
Every once in a while, we make the cover of a magazine, and this is one of those times. We’re pretty proud to say that our Senior Product Manager, Xing-Fei He, wrote a stellar article on trilinear camera technology that was published in Photonics Spectra; the fact that it was deemed to be cover-worthy makes it really worth bragging about!
Other great articles we’ve been featured in include the following:
1. From Pole To Pole: Correct identification of faulty components in battery manufacture – INSPECT
2. Choosing a Vision Interface Standard – Assembly Magazine
3. Counts: Using algorithms to extract quantitative information from an image – Quality Magazine
4. The Noise Equivalent Dose – Advance for Imaging & Radiation Oncology
This varied reading list should last you for the rest of the Spring and we will have more to share with you in the Summer. Until then, happy reading!
May 17, 2013
These days, we see more and more camera interface standards bubbling up. Following on the heels of the original Firewire and Camera Link standards, we saw the advent of GigE Vision. And over the last few years, Camera Link HS, CoaXPress, and USB3 Vision have joined the horde to create options going further than anything we had thought possible in those early days. I believe it is difficult for us, as engineers, to imagine that more effervescence is possible, but the recent Vision Standards technical meeting in Seoul (April 2013) proved the opposite. Interest has never been so high around the support for all of these innovative options. Continue reading
May 14, 2013
Despite the fact that they have been around for several decades, line scan cameras remain perplexing to many in the machine vision industry. Two-dimensional “area” cameras are still the norm in many circles – likely because they are more like human vision and, therefore, more intuitive – so much so that I have seen area cameras “shoe-horned” into applications where a line scan camera would have served nicely. Web inspection applications are a good example of where line scan cameras offer benefits over an area camera. Continue reading
May 7, 2013
Barcode reading is widely used in Machine Vision (MV) for part identification. But is there a unique solution that works for all scenarios? I frankly doubt it. The question still remains – why is barcode reading so difficult in MV? It’s true that handheld readers used at the supermarket checkout seem as easy as 1,2,3… that is, of course, after the cashier carefully stretches and rotates the package until it finally beeps! Now imagine a fully automated system repeating this task 20-30 times per second? Now, you’ve got the idea. Continue reading
Apr 29, 2013
It’s time for the machine vision industry to literally see the light and start to leverage the advantages of fiber optic technology.
Let me shed some light on the subject for you.
Increased consumer demand for internet content has spurred the major telecoms to bring fiber into your home at low cost. In short, they’ve decided that Coax cables no longer meet the cost/performance criteria. I’d like us to consider then, how this might also represent a game changer in the machine vision industry. Continue reading
Mar 30, 2013
If you’re still waiting for the ice and snow to melt like I am, then you may find yourself stuck indoors for just a little bit longer. While you’re biding your time, I’ve prepared a light sample of what has been published lately regarding our imaging experts doing what they are passionate about. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been busy attending trade shows, fielding questions from trade magazine journalists, and writing our own articles. Have a look at what we and other industry experts are saying in the articles below:
1. Interviews from Automate 2013 - Robotics Tomorrow
2. Adding a Splash of Colour – IMVE
3. Who Needs Frame Grabbers, Anyway? – Quality Magazine Vision & Sensors
4. Mission to Mars – INSPECT
There’s more where that came from, but let’s wait until we’re stuck inside during those April showers. See you next time and happy reading!
Mar 28, 2013
We all want to pay as little as possible for the things we buy.
- Sometimes this means we only purchase for the performance we need. We don’t purchase top grade gasoline just because the oil company says it will enhance our engine’s performance.
- Sometimes this means we purchase what is already available in the mass market. We don’t usually custom tailor our clothes, because mass-manufactured clothing is often good enough.
- Sometimes this means we forego service and support. We don’t fly first class because we can live without the pampering.
- And sometimes this means that we purchase from a cheaper source. We buy produce shipped halfway around the world because it costs less than our local produce.
Mar 19, 2013
Our internal projects typically have names that are more “fun” than the part numbers that end up in our datasheets. I’ve been involved in projects with names ranging from star constellations and wine varieties to superheroes! A while back, I started working on a project called Cardinal. I didn’t think much of the name… until I saw the die label on the CMOS line scan sensor I was working on: Porthos. I then came across Athos and deduced that Darta was none other than d’Artagnan. What could have inspired that? Continue reading
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