KARLSRUHE, Germany, Sept. 23, 2012 — A modular water-cooling system from autoVimation is suitable for all in-house protective camera enclosures with a dovetail profile.
It extends the permissible ambient temperature range for most machine vision systems to −20 to 120 °C. In combination with external insulation, a maximum temperature of 200 °C is now possible. Even if the camera is not operated outside its permissible temperature range, the system can be beneficial because reduced temperatures minimize image noise and extend the life span of the camera sensor and other components.
The easy-to-retrofit cooling system consists of a water-cooling module installed on top of the camera enclosure to absorb waste heat, and a re-cooling unit connected through tubes that brings the heated water back to room temperature. The re-cooling unit is available as a built-in module for integration into switching cabinets or PCs, and as a stand-alone unit with a temperature-monitoring function that can cool up to five connected camera enclosures.
The system is designed for industrial indoor applications with high ambient temperatures, where a cooler space for the re-cooling unit is available within a 5-m distance from the camera. A closed water circuit ensures safe, clean and virtually maintenance-free operation.
At low or strongly fluctuating temperatures, the system can also be used as a heating unit. Switching between cooling and heating is not necessary because the system automatically adjusts the enclosure temperature to match the ambient temperature around the re-cooling unit.
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