Infrared machine vision - no need for visible light
16 January 2013
FLIR thermal machine vision brings many benefits but perhaps the most significant is its ability to do the job without the need for additional lighting.
The result is a simple and efficient system whose reliability exceeds that of traditional vision systems. It also provides greater intelligence in the automated environment, such as confirming cure temperatures that may have a bearing on product quality.
The new, uncooled FLIR A65 typifies this capability and, in addition, factors in extremely small physical size and high image quality. It is the ideal choice for manufacturers seeking a discrete, high resolution vision system at an affordable price. Integration into existing production systems is quick and easy thanks to a range of in-built connectivity options.
This top of the range FLIR A series camera produces crisp thermal imaging from 640 x 512 pixels in the temperature range -40?C to +550?C. This image quality is particularly useful where small differences of thermal contrast need to be detected; its rated sensitivity is <50mK.
In common with all FLIR automation cameras, the FLIR A65 is able to provide the same performance through steam, smoke and in complete darkness. Multiple FLIR A65 cameras can be synchronised whereby one is configured as the master and additional units as slaves. This model also offers the choice of a 13mm or 25mm fixed focus lens.
The FLIR A65 is GigE Vision compatible. This is the camera interface standard, developed using the Gigabit Ethernet communication protocol to allow fast image transfer using low cost standard cables over long distances.
GeniCam support is also provided, a generic programming interface for quick and easy set up. Importantly, this protocol allows the FLIR A65 to use third party software such as IMAQ Vision and Halcon.
The standard FLIR Tools software that is supplied with the camera enables thermal images to be viewed and analysed and includes functions such as time versus temperature plots.
Users that require greater functionality and the ability to record images can choose FLIR Tools+.