RENTON, Wash., July 19, 2011 — Microscan has announced its Vision MINI smart camera, an ultracompact fully integrated vision system designed for reliable vision performance in embedded clinical and laboratory automation applications. The company said that it is a perfect fit for clinical instrument manufacturers. OEMs in clinical diagnostics and other life sciences are turning to machine vision to increase throughput and improve measurement accuracy. Automatic identification systems such as bar-code readers have long been used for sample tracking and identification. The new machine vision system takes this ability a step further by automating critical inspection tasks such as cap presence, color matching and test tube identification, besides reading 1- and 2-D bar codes. Measuring 1.8 × 2.1 × 1 in., the system enables flexible positioning in tight spaces. The smart camera features fully integrated lighting, an autofocus lens, a complete AutoVision software tool set and wide-angle optics for close-range applications. It delivers high accuracy and reliability, and assures the long-term availability and support essential for OEM manufacturers, who require uninterrupted availability throughout the life cycle of their products.