COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Feb. 26, 2013 — JAI A/S has added the AT-030MCL 3-CCD color progressive area-scan camera to its Apex series prism-based industrial color cameras.
The 0.3-megapixel camera delivers high frame rates and is equipped with a Mini Camera Link interface.
Proprietary prism-block technology supports three 1/3-in. CCDs, providing higher color image fidelity and better spatial resolution than cameras based on traditional Bayer color interpolation techniques. With its built-in 3-CCD technology, the camera captures a specific red, green and blue color value for each pixel.
The three ICX424AL CCD sensors deliver 659 × 494 pixels of resolution per channel with a pixel size of 7.4 × 7.4 μm. The camera operates at 120 fps at full resolution and, with the use of partial scan and binning modes, can operate at higher rates.
Dual Camera Link interfaces let users choose between 8-, 10- or 12-bit output per channel using a Camera Link Base or Medium configuration.
Included are four white-balance modes (manual, one-push auto, continuous auto and preset color temperature), three gamma settings, a look-up table, automatic shading compensation, blemish compensation and a linear color matrix circuit enabling users to manually adjust each color channel or choose from predefined industry-standard settings developed by Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Adobe.
The camera is well suited to the pharmaceutical industry, where there is a need for high-precision inspection of tablets and ampoules. Applications include color verification of mixed powders, completeness and precise color check of coatings on pills/tablets, verification of blister pack content, and validation of various color label information/bar codes on medicine bottles, ampoules and medicine packs.
Other uses are in machine vision, food sorting, print inspection, LED diode inspection and printed circuit board inspection.
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