ETTLINGEN, Germany, June 28, 2011 — Vision Components GmbH has introduced the VC nano 3D, an ultracompact triangulation sensor machine vision system that can be freely configured for 2- and 3-D inspection tasks. Measuring 140 × 70 × 35 mm, its housing includes an intelligent camera and a line laser with 5-mW performance, enabling real-time recording of images at a scan rate of up to 400 Hz, according to the triangulation method. The images can be analyzed by the digital signal processor of the smart camera, which has a computing power of 5600 million instructions per second. Images also can be analyzed by a PC, as in standard 3-D systems. In all models, a freely programmable 100-Mb Ethernet interface allows for live video output on a PC. Two digital inputs and four outputs are available for integration into existing automation environments. Designed for working distances between 80 and 120 mm, measuring ranges between 12 and 120 mm, and vertical resolutions between 5 and 50 µm, 12 camera models cover a wide application range. The cameras can be used in measuring technology applications, robot guidance, completeness checks, weld inspection, components inspection and detection of codes on punched parts.