Monday, 19 September 2016

Hail Damage: high-resolution cameras detect every dent


Following hailstorms, many vehicles must be inspected for hail damage in the shortest possible time. With the aid of 17 high-resolution Manta cameras from Allied Vision, adomea’s hail scanner MIKo quickly and thoroughly detects even the smallest dents, accelerating the claim process for insurers and vehicle owners alike.

Due to climate change, powerful storms with hailstones as big as golf balls occur more frequently. But even with smaller sized ice projectiles, numerous vehicles are covered with countless dents, large and small. Frustrating for vehicle owners in the affected region, but good for business for Bochum Germany’s adomea (advanced optical measurement and automation) GmbH - when insurance adjusters and underwriters have difficulty handling the number of cases, despite additional personnel, this mobile hail damage scanner can help save time. Additionally, it makes complete documentation of damage possible for the first time. Thanks to high-resolution cameras, MIKo sees far more detail than an adjuster can perceive with mere eyes.

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Rapid surface error analysis


Policy holders in regions ravaged by hail need not travel to adomea in Bochum to have vehicle damage evaluated; MIKo (a German acronym for mobile identification system for vehicle surface defects) is mobile, fits in flight cases packed into a trailer, and is set up on location, such as in a warehouse, like a transportable roofless garage. Its aluminum frame construction, with a footprint of approximately 50 m² (538 ft2), provides sufficient space to check the entire surface of any current vehicle model. The walls surrounding the vehicle are illuminated by projectors. A total of seventeen cameras are mounted in different positions to capture the entire exterior of the vehicle.

Similar to an adjuster’s procedure, the reflection of a pattern on the vehicle’s surface is observed. But in contrast to a human observer, MIKo delivers an objective measurement result on a metric scale. By observing the reflection, even the smallest surface errors can be reliably detected. In order to register the smallest irregularities and distortions within the surface, two Allied Vision camera models with high resolution are used: the 6-megapixel Manta G-609 camera equipped with a Sony ICX694 CCD progressive sensor, delivering 15 images per second at full resolution (2752 × 2206), and the 9-megapixel Manta G-917 camera, from the same camera family, which contains a 1'' Sony ICX814 sensor with EXview HAD II technology that distinguishes itself with outstanding image quality and high resolution.

“Moreover, due to the system geometry, they have to be cameras that can run on Power over Ethernet so that each camera only uses one single cable and a robust system construction is possible. Furthermore, because of the cable length necessary, only a GigE Vision camera would do,” stated RenĂ© Franke, Managing Director of adomea in Bochum, as further reasons for selecting Allied Vision GigE Vision cameras.

Three-dimensional damage report


All seventeen cameras are synchronously controlled using PTP (Precision Time Protocol). Together, they generate a complete image of the examined vehicle. Using Allied Vision’s Vimba Software Development Kit, the cameras are integrated into damage analysis software developed by adomea where 3D renderings for nearly 90% of the highest sold auto models over the last ten years are stored. The results, specifically the individual dents, can be subdivided not only according to shape and depth, but also can be designated according to the corresponding section of the chassis. A visual representation of the damage is included in a damage report that is generated automatically. Using available interfaces, the common damage calculation software can be connected. Even system operation via tablet computer is possible.

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RenĂ© Frank summarized the actual measurement process: “The damage assessment takes two to three minutes and in another two and a half minutes, the results are logged and available.” For him, the enormous time efficiency, objective measurement result and complete documentation are the hail scanner’s significant advantages.

Camera technology with a good image


Currently, five mobile MIKos are ready for use across Germany and are utilized anywhere hail damage occurs. In such instances, adomea works closely with different insurance companies as a cooperative partner. How much the entire damage assessment, calculation, and regulation process can be completely digitized is currently undergoing lively debate throughout the industry. In most cases, the hail scanner serves, at the moment, to support experts in most cases and has not completely taken over the evaluation process. Still, acceptance of “artificial camera eyes”, which in cases of doubt see more than the human eye, is rapidly increasing among policy holders that some prefer to rely on the technology rather than their adjuster. Confidence in an adjuster’s expert option increases when he or she makes use of modern imaging and measurement technology, according to Franke.

The German specialists’ mobile hail scanner is in use in the USA as well, using the same measurement technology and camera models as in Germany. However, due to market conditions, adomea’s systems engineers have created a highly flexible variation. The aluminum frame construction has been replaced by a large truck that can be set up and parked conveniently in shopping center or supermarket parking lots. The measurement chamber’s area has been adapted and increased in size to accommodate American pickup trucks.

While the MIKo image detection and processing system has been primarily used for identifying hail damage, adomea is already developing new models and is planning to use a 29-megapixel camera from Allied Vision. This next stage in the system expansion is expected to be used not only for identification of hail damage, but also for detecting the smallest surface flaws (such as scratches and rock impacts).




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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Medicine with Vision – Cameras in Modern Medical Technology


Cameras are being used in an increasingly broad range of daily activities. While most of us have probably noticed the devices being used in ATMs or building surveillance systems, there are many more cameras in our environment that we likely don't notice at first. These small embedded cameras shoulder a big load: they are an important component for many applications in medicine and the life sciences in particular. Our latest Vision Campus article explains where the cameras are used and what purpose they serve.

The fictional Basler Medical Center specializes in diagnostics and therapy and makes heavy use of vision technology. Each floor of the center houses a different specialized department. This includes a floor dedicated to ophthalmology, including slit lamps for examining the eye's fundus.

Another floor is home to researchers using the latest technical devices – including cameras, of course – to assist tomorrow's physicians with their daily work. Naturally there are operating theaters as well. Cameras are used there to ensure better and more targeted treatment of patients. Our Vision Campus article "Medicine with Vision" shows you how it all works.

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The Vision Campus also contains in-depth articles and videos on machine vision and on vision technology in general. Have you already seen our introductory video on "How Do Industrial Cameras Work?" or the article "How Can I Find the Right Lens"? Watch for yourself!

For more information about the potential uses for vision technology in medicine and research, have a look at our overview page for "Medical & Life Sciences."



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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

INCREMO: In-Vehicle Police Car Video Application with Basler IP Cameras

Customer

  • Police of the Czech Republic (Ministry of the Interior)
  • Location: All regions of the Czech Republic
  • Industry: Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Implementation: 2015

Application


To increase the quality of their service performance, the Czech police equipped their vehicles with video cameras as an integral element of the INCREMO monitoring system. INCREMO provides the police officers with complex text information about individuals and cars as well as video intelligence from the vehicle’s surroundings. The system securely encrypts all collected data and authenticates users before providing access, to ensure that sensitive information remains safe.

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Solution and Benefits


The INCREMO system includes a PC which is adapted to in-vehicle use, a recording device and two Basler IP cameras. The PC is controlled via a touch-screen display and the police radio unit, and provides many preset applications such as information retrieval (checking for a person’s criminal record, for example), or chat and navigation. The police officers in the vehicle communicate with the operation center via an encrypted messaging app, and can use other apps to request information from remote databases,for person, ID and vehicle details. Data is transmitted via either GPRS modem or the police radio station.

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All installed equipment starts automatically when the vehicle’s engine is turned on. An automatic diagnostic system inside the vehicle monitors the state of the PC, the video recorder, and the battery, as well as the readiness of the radio station. The user-friendly interface on the LCD touch screen allows the police officers on duty to continuously control every piece of equipment.

Practical examples of typical INCREMO operations would be a police patrol checking a suspect person, where one police officer verifies the person’s identity on the touch screen in the car. In the case of vehicle examination, the police patrol verifies a particular vehicle based on its license plate in order to find out whether it has the necessary technical certificate or if it is has been reported stolen. In the event of a car accident, the operation center can be briefed on the current situation through the messaging system – for example to convey a victim’s health status. In case of a search operation, the operation center uses the same messaging system to quickly transmit navigation coordinates.

Key factors for choosing Basler IP cameras for this application were their attractive price/performance ratio, the image quality of the video recordings, and the easy-tointegrate size of the cameras.

Technologies Used

  • Basler IP cameras
  • System/Solution: OS Linux
  • Software: Own system INCREMO, Software is OEM with the official title REDBAC 5



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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Time for Something Sweet?



Ever have that inescapable need for a little something sweet? Good things in small packages applies not just to fine confectioneries, but also to the world of industrial machine vision: Sugarcube is a term that has grown in importance in the industry in recent years. It represents a trend in vision technology towards miniaturization.

The Sugarcube in Industrial Machine Vision

The term refers to small cameras sized at 29 mm x 29 mm, which has become an unofficial but de-facto standard. The so-called "Sugarcube" design encompasses industrial cameras in the entry level and lower mainstream segments, covering a variety of classic operations in many different markets such as Medicine, Traffic and Transportation and Retail, as well as for Quality Assurance and Automated Optical Inspection in the field of Factory Automation.

Sugarcube Camera in Industrial Machine Vision

Small Format, Grand Innovation

The trend toward small form factors was observed as far back as 20 years ago in analog cameras, with echoes during the rise of FireWire and later Gigabit Ethernet. It's unlikely to end with current modern interface technologies such as USB 3.0. All notable technical innovations, such as high-resolution sensors and comprehensive firmware features, are packed onto or into these minute dimensions. Analog cameras at this point can now also process their image data within a small housing instead of sending it on to an external processing unit.

Important Considerations
  • When planning a new or redesigning an existing machine vision system, care should be taken from the start to build around small sizes so as to avoid space issues later.
  • For redesigns in particular, small footprints should be maintained. Switching over to large formats can bring major mechanical challenges.
Small Sensors = Small Cameras

A camera's size is reflective at least in part by the size of its sensor. Larger sensors, typically using CCD technology, do not work in these small standard sizes. Such cases are becoming increasingly rare as the machine vision world shifts further and further toward CMOS for its sensor technology. Small, extremely powerful sensors with small pixel sizes are selling better than ever on the market, and are expected to replace the standard 29 mm x 44 mm size commonly seen today.

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Productive, Affordable, Flexible

The small 29 mm x 29 mm format is the best way to achieve top throughput rates at the lowest costs possible. This size has established itself not just for its external appearance (camera front), but also for its drilling pattern. Most camera makers have harmonized their offerings to work with it, which gives customers significantly more flexibility.

Traditional CCD sensors were typically built around larger dimensions, such as 40-45 mm x 40-45 mm. The trend toward smaller CMOS sensors means those larger dimensions are likely to shrink into niche areas of the machine vision market.

Their replacements will be the ultra-compact 29 mm x 29 mm cameras as well as the approx. 35 mm x 35 mm format, supported by the latest generation of smaller, high-resolution CMOS sensors.

Customers Benefit From The Compact Housing Sizes:
  • A small camera footprint within systems cuts weight and thus increases the speed of applications. The lighter the robot arm, for example, the faster and more flexibly it can move.
  • Small camera formats also free up more space. This can be used to shrink the system or for easier physical access to the cameras as needed.
  • Small-format cameras rely on the cost benefits inherent to smaller sensors. Because they require more silicon, sensors with large sensor surfaces are significantly more expensive than small sensors.
  • Remarkable technological progress in industrial machine vision is really being driving in the small, compact sensor formats, and in particular in modern CMOS sensors.
  • Larger camera applications, typically CCD based, continue to perform their tasks in specific highly complex areas, but small-format sensors and cameras are primed to assume the majority of machine vision responsibilities going forward.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Do You Already Know about Our Basler Original Equipment?


The accessories market for machine vision cameras is broad and deep. Basler offers products specially developed for our cameras, meaning camera and lens harmonize perfectly with one another. The products are produced exclusively for us and are available only from Basler. All products with the Basler Original Equipment seal allow top performance when combined with Basler cameras.

Basler Lenses - Basler Original Equipment features high-resolution lenses conceived for sensors of up to 1/2" and very small pixels; this makes them the perfect match for Basler's ace, dart and pulse cameras. For our customers, this custom design means perfect interplay between camera and lens.

Power-I/O PLC+ Cable - Alongside the Basler Lenses, we offer our Power I/O PLC+ cable as Basler Original Equipmentfor use with a PLC. The cables reduce the signal level for the logical 0 from PLC level (<8.4V) to TTL level (<1.4V), optimizing it for use with programmable logic controller (PLC).

This cable provides clear transmission of the I/O signal and better camera performance by eliminating a variety of disruptions. This in turn ensures that our cameras deliver top performance for you even in critical industrial environments.

GP-I/O and Opto-I/O Cable - Basler ace cameras with USB 3.0 interface come equipped with two different types of digital I/Os: The opto-coupled I/Os are robust and largely impervious to disruptions. The direct-coupled GP-I/O (General purpose input/output) pin is very fast and is used with a 5 Volt (TTL) current. To allow for safe, trouble-free use of the I/Os, Basler offers two cables for isolated I/O usage on the ace USB 3.0 model: One for use with opto-coupled I/Os and one for the GP-I/Os.

(Power) I/O Cable - Our twisted (Power) I/O cables are available in various lengths and plug types. Depending on the camera, the cables come with a Hirose 6, Hirose 12 or M5 4-pin plug. The cables can deliver power and/or control impulses. The Basler Original Equipment also includes power supply units, an I/O board for simple control of the I/Os on the Basler dart, accessories for the Basler Lenses and tripod mounts for various cameras.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Condition monitoring & Hot Spot Detection



What is condition monitoring & hot spot detection?

Condition monitoring is a process of continuous observation and inspection of industrial installations. Inside these installations, you typically want to monitor the operational parameters, like temperature or vibration, of different components, equipment and machinery.

Thermography is a very important part of this process. This allows you to detect and analyse hot spots inside the process. A quick detection of these potential thermal anomalies prevent any premature failure of your installation.

What is condition monitoring & hot spot detection used for?

Condition monitoring is a major part of the general predictive maintenance program. By monitoring the critical elements in the process, you:
  • avoid any unplanned production stop
  • can effectively plan maintenance activities
  • increase life time of the different components in the production chain
  • comply with insurance company requirements
What features are needed?
  • Easy connectivity - We offer several different interfaces for an easy integration and maintenance into your system
  • Trigger interface with low jitter - A trigger interface with low jitter is a necessity for high speed applications to synchronize the camera
  • Rugged and small cameras - The ruggedness and size of our infrared cameras are important features for an imaging system. The smaller the camera, the easier it is to integrate. Rugged cameras withstand harsh environmental conditions
  • High radiometric accuracy - We typically guarantee +/- 2 °C or 2% (whichever is the highest) for uncooled cameras, and +/-1 °C or 1% (whichever is the highest) for cooled cameras depending on the ambient conditions
  • Windowing - Windowing the camera leads to higher framerates and therefore increased throughput
What do we offer?
For condition monitoring and hot spot detection Xenics offers various solutions depending on the operating environment of the system. The Gobi camera family is perfectly suited for primarily clean industrial environments as it comes in an IP45 enclosure. For more harsh and dusty environments our Serval camera family offers best radiometric performance in a ruggedized, IP67 certified, housing. In both camera families we offer high and low imaging resolution such that an optimized choice can be made for cost versus performance.

For very hot industrial processes, above 300°C, such as the inspection of furnaces, glass production, the steel industry or for molding processes, we also offer SWIR thermography on our Cheetah-640CL SWIR camera.

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Basler goes 3D: Get ready for the third dimension


3D image processing is a hot topic. The number of applications requiring 3D images is steadily increasing. Applications include automated processes using robots in factories or warehouses, surface inspections and volumetric measurements.

Basler has developed an innovative product to respond to this trend: The Basler ToF camera is our first 3D imaging camera enabling you to benefit from the many new possibilities offered by the third dimension. The Basler ToF camera operates on the time-of-flight principle. This principle is based on measuring the time needed by the light to travel from the light source to the object and back to the camera. With a VGA resolution the Basler ToF camera is the first high-resolution ToF camera on the market and also offers the extremely attractive price/performance ratio that Basler is known for. With a field of view of 0.5 to 5 meters, an accuracy of plus/minus one centimeter, a frame rate of 15 fps and the proven GigE interface, our new ToF camera is the ideal solution for a number of applications including factory automation, logistics and medical.

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Basler’s Time-of-Flight Camera

Basler’s Time-of-Flight (ToF) Camera provides you with a 2D and a 3D image in one shot. The Basler ToF Camera offers an attractive solution for a wide variety of applications including logistics, factory automation, and biometrics.

How Does a ToF Camera Work?

The measurement principle is based on the time the light needs to travel from the light source to the object and back to the camera; the further the distance, the longer the time taken. Both light source and image acquisition are synchronized in such a way that the distances can be extracted and calculated from the image data.

The Basler ToF Camera Highlights at a glance:
  • Resolution: 640 px x 480 px (NIR)
  • Frame Rate: 20 fps
  • Working Range: 0 m to 13 m
  • Accuracy: +/- 1cm (Scene dependent)
  • Interface: Gigabit Ethernet, GigE Vision and GenICam compliant
  • Lens: 57°h x 43°v
  • Software: Windows and Linux compatible
  • Easy to integrate and use
  • Total system cost reduction
  • 3D modeling possible
  • NIR LED’s used
  • Optimized for indoor applications
Do you want to simplify your applications, reduce complexity and lower your total system costs?
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