Smart camera nano tube

Paul Boughton

Responding to a customer request, Vision Components, expert for embedded machine vision systems, has refined its intelligent camera model VC nano tube.

Since the VC service range includes development services as well as the adaptation of standard models, such individual solutions can be easily and cost-efficiently implemented at any time.

The request included a round, dust-proof housing with integrated lighting. VC implemented this by means of a protective IP65 enclosure that houses the remote camera head and a 12mm S-Mount lens as well as eight High-Power LEDs while the processor and other electronic components remain inside the standard nano housing. This design is suited for applications with limited installation space and demanding environments where dust, dirt, or humidity occur. Available as a stainless steel and as an aluminium model, the protective housing can be quickly and easily installed thanks to an M30 thread.[Page Break]

The VC nano tube provides 32MB Flash and 128MB DDRAM memory capacity. Its 700 MHz processor has a computing power of 5,600MIPS. Like all intelligent cameras from VC, the VC nano tube executes all image processing routines without an additional PC. An Ethernet interface and an optional RS232 interface enable integration into automation environments. The VC nano tube is equipped with a global shutter CMOS sensor that can compete with the performance of a CCD sensor and provides crystal-clear pictures even in extremely fast applications. At a frame rate of 55 fps, it records images with a 752 x 480 pixel resolution.

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