Microscan has announced its Vision Mini smart camera, an ultracompact integrated vision system designed for reliable performance in embedded clinical and laboratory automation applications and for clinical instrument manufacturers. OEMs in clinical diagnostics and other life sciences are using 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 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. The compact system enables flexible positioning in tight spaces. It features integrated lighting and an autofocus lens.