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Higher throughput


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

There is a growing need for automated solutions in laboratories, and the constantly increasing numbers of specimens and simultaneous drive to shorten process times are making robot-based analysis increasingly attractive in bio-analysis technology. This is also the case when it comes to automating high throughput processes. The Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) has developed a modular laboratory robot system to perform monotonous manual activities. The detection and analysis work normally carried out by humans is performed by IDS industrial cameras combined with LabView and state of the art machine vision technology.

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Hole in One!


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

A successful golfer needs to possess intelligence, farsightedness, and precision. And achieving top performance is largely dependent on finding the right swing.
But technique doesn't only come into play (alongside sharp mental focus, of course) when using the full swing with various irons and woods. Sophisticated accuracy of movement is also required for putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shots. After all, the technique-driven game of golf is among the most complex types of sport in existence. Just one example – no less than 178 muscles in the body are used during a golf swing.
Modern video analysis systems for analyzing golf swing and putting are now considered a virtually indispensable component of golf training, even among amateurs. And, for professional golfers, they're nothing short of essential.
The acquisition and provision of high-quality video files for movement analysis is a core component of the training process.

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Case closed!


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

British company Acumé Forensic is renowned for its evidential identification services, which are used to help solve a wide range of crimes from fraud to armed robbery and murder. Reliable identification of potential perpetrators is crucial in solving these cases. The identification process traditionally relies on custody imaging (mugshots) or CCTV footage, and is often hampered due to poor image quality. And, for forensic experts like the team at Acumé Forensic, poor-quality source material leads to frustration. That's why this Leeds-based company worked with the University of Bradford to develop a pioneering technology for unambiguous identification, with the ultimate aim of fighting crime.

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The flying eye


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Besides 3D and robot vision, embedded vision is one of the latest hot topics in machine vision. This is because without real-time machine vision, there would be no such thing as autonomous transport systems and robots in the Industry 4.0 environment, self-driving cars, or unmanned drones. Classic machine vision systems, however, do not enter the equation due to space or cost limitations, while the functionality of so-called smart cameras is usually very limited. Only by combining a miniaturized camera, a compact processor board, and flexibly programmable software can tailor-made machine vision applications be developed and embedded directly in machines or vehicles.

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Right first time for PCB assembly


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Getting the correct components in the right place is crucial for SMT PCB assembly and the latest IDS USB 3.0 camera technology is being used by contract PCB assembler, Norcott Technologies, to help automate the PCB inspection process. High resolution, high frame rates, a versatile software interface and future proof connectivity through USB3 were all reasons why Norcott chose USB3 cameras from IDS for its new, custom-built First Article Inspection systems.

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Focus on the essentials


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Engineers and OEM customers who use industrial cameras in their systems mostly select boardlevel solutions as these solutions are cost-effective, space-saving, and they focus on key features. The very compact design of the single-board cameras of IDS’ uEye LE series, measuring only 36 x 36 mm, plays an important role because space is often limited in devices or embedded systems. The French manufacturer Kloé uses them in their mask writers, which are designed as desktop systems, providing fast and accurate alignment of photomasks.

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On the trail of the drop shape


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Industrial cameras with USB 3.0 interface are on the rise. The interface creates a bridge to the latest CMOS high-performance sensors, eliminating previous bottlenecks. This opens up new possibilities for numerous vision applications, particularly those requiring high resolution, rapid frame rates, and maximum light sensitivity. These are key features for the measuring instrument manufacturer KRÜSS.
This is why they use USB 3.0 cameras from IDS in their video-based drop shape analyzer systems. Up to 200 frames per second at a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels enable wetting processes to be captured without interruption and then precisely analyzed.

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The perfect fit


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

In competitive sports or in rehabilitation nuances can determine success or failure. Thus the optimal harmonisation between man and training device is a very import aspect. The GeBioM mbH Münster has embraced this issue under its gebioMized brand - especially for the cycling sports sector.
On its search for the perfect riding position for a cyclist, the company has developed a system to analyze body postures and pedaling motions. With two USB 3 uEye 3240LE cameras from IDS and a specially invented software, it makes sure that bike and rider are in perfect unison.

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Mission Mars


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Is Mars really so hostile to life, or could some organisms from Earth survive even under such conditions? Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)'s Institute of Planetary Research are looking into the question.
"We want to find out if there are any organisms on Earth that demonstrate metabolic processes and growth under Martian conditions," says Dr. Andreas Lorek, scientist at the Mars Simulation Laboratory at the DLR's Institute of Planetary Research. On board the mission is a USB 2.0 industrial camera from IDS. The autofocus camera is helping the scientists to evaluate and document the experiments, and is delivering perfect images despite the extreme conditions.

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Easy setup


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

ROFIN-BAASEL Lasertech based in Starnberg develops and manufactures laser-supported systems for the production of small parts, micro parts, and parts in the micrometer range.
The company offers a desktop laser marker called EasyMark which is a really compact system to engrave metal or plastic parts in DIN A4 format up to a height of 120 mm. In the basic version, a 2 MP camera from IDS that is mounted on the side of the workpiece supports the manual positioning of that workpiece.

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The seventh sense in the service


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

A picture is worth a thousand words: true to this motto, the company Knapp located near Graz (Austria) developed an audio-visual support system that provides faster troubleshooting e.g. in case of malfunctions or maintenance work.
Our 5 MP USB 2.0 mini industrial camera uEye XS is integrated into the headset. Knapp’s system "KiSoft WebEye" makes the seventh sense in the service possible, and it relies entirely on augmented reality. It allows a fast and efficient cooperation between the on-site technician and the support center at the other end of the world.

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Where the shoe pinches


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Foot impression foams are made of biologically harmless, non-resilient material that orthopedists use to detect and analyze malpositions of feet. The company Paromed has now developed a portable complex 3D full foot scanner based on this method. An Ensenso stereo camera N10 supports therein the accurate 3D measurement of feet to create comfortable shoe insoles.
The portable 3D scanner expands the field of application of this high-quality technology, with regard to orthopedic shoemakers, doctors' offices or hospitals. The system allows the precise foot detection even mobile, is easy to use and helps make professional foot fittings more efficient.

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Watch your plants grow


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

The light section method is a widely used method in 3D measuring technology. This method is very precise, insensitive to external light, and also suitable for mobile solutions. The company Phenospex has now developed a 3D scanner based on this method, which offers fully automated measurement of plant height and volume. This technology can be used, for example, to assist research in the area of plant breeding, or to help make industrial plant production more efficient.
A board-level industrial camera from IDS, which is integrated into the PlantEye scanner, captures the laser's reflected light beam. The camera requires very little space and offers a high degree of sensitivity in the NIR range. Its impressive price-performance ratio and a future-proof driver design also make it attractive to OEM customers.


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Pick and place with 3D camera


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

The automation of pick and place application is a key skill for 3D imaging. The fast and reliable detection of parts is the basis to solve handling processes by robots.
The Munich-based company Magazino integrates Ensenso N10 stereo 3D cameras in picking systems for pharmacies, to get chaotically-lying healthcare packaging out of the box and store it automatically. The system allows the storage of up to 15,000 pharmaceutical packaging on an area of only 7 square meters, depending on the systems’ height.


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Wood measuring with Ensenso 3D cameras


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

By using 3D cameras to measure the physical properties of trees, the forester or sawmill can now easily recognize whether a 150-year old oak can be processed into commercially valuable, solid floor boards.
This new process significantly reduces personnel costs and optimized the efficiency of processing wood products.
Our Ensenso stereo 3D cameras are successfully deployed to optimize profitability and yields while supporting sustainability in the forest products industry.


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IDS' industrial cameras on the high seas


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

IDS cameras support sustainability: With the continuous overfishing of nature's fishing grounds, many fish species have become endangered. For this reason, the fishing industry is searching for solutions to ensure an environmentally responsible approach to optimize their yields, and minimize waste.
Two environmentally ruggedized UI-5240RE cameras mounted on a shrimp sorting machine ensures that bycatch, consisting of crabs and young fish, can be returned quickly and unharmed back into the sea. The challenging conditions on the high seas do not present a problem for this robust camera featuring IP67 protection as a safeguard against water intrusion.


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IDS cameras ensure suitable clothing


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Amy does what many women are fond of doing: She likes to go shopping, but rarely finds clothes that really suit her and fit her well.
This problem has recently been solved by a "3D body scanner", designed by Japanese 3D experts Spacevision, which uses IDS cameras. As a board-level version, the inexpensive UI-1221LE camera is compact and lightweight, making it the ideal solution for this portable multi-camera application.


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USB camera from IDS supports management of sterile goods


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

The leading journal for quality management in industry and service 'Qualität und Zuverlässigkeit' (QZ) reports on the USB 2.0 camera XS from IDS and its use in the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD).
Surgical instruments are subject to strict rules concerning their use in the operating room through sterilization to disposal: They must be collected and maintained throughout the process. Therefore, data technology company IBH from Kassel uses both their quality management software EuroSDS as well as the USB 2.0 industrial camera XS from IDS. It replaces a standard digital camera directly at the so-called packing station and ensures that the entire process becomes simple and easy to use.


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Stereo 3D camera helps robots get to grips with bin picking!


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

3D machine vision is the future for robot vision. Many applications in robot-ics and automated serial production can only be satisfactorily implemented using three-dimensional data. This applies equally to challenging assembly processes such as bonding and welding, and to the notoriously tricky pro-cess of bin picking.
The ability to accurately detect the precise position of the unsorted parts is essential for reliable bin picking by robots. The Ensenso stereo 3D camera from IDS represents a solution for 3D image capture that is impressively precise, cost-efficient and fast. The German company bsAutomatisierung GmbH is using the new options available with this camera to achieve some seriously speedy bin-picking solutions.


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Radar and vision help prevent collisions


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

A recent case study written by Dave Wilson and published in the September issue of Vision Systems Design explains how combining machine vision with radar enables race drivers to visualize events behind their cars at a glance.
Endurance racing is a challenging task for even the most experienced of drivers. They must drive at the limits of their car for extended periods and race during the day and night, often in adverse weather conditions, such as rain and fog.


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High speed image acquisition for science and biology with on the fly image analysis


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Genika trigger is an image acquisition application that analyses frames on the fly to save only those that are interesting. This unique feature allows long duration runs, spares disk space and reduces the processing hassle.
Frame selection filters are called smart triggers and they perform a real time analysis of the image characteristic such as the histogram, the pixel map variation or movement detection.


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Sparkling results - Non-contact measurement of clearances and offsets on car bodies


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

In automotive production, accuracy is critical – no gap can be too wide and no offset too large. As a result, measuring instruments are required that deliver unambiguous results and leave no traces on the body paint after testing.
Frame selection filters are called smart triggers and they perform a real time analysis of the image characteristic such as the histogram, the pixel map variation or movement detection.


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20 soccer fields with perfect parquet flooring - Fast system with USB cameras checks natural wood


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Just pieces of wood? No way! The production of parquet flooring puts high demands on the quality of the raw material. A fast system from ATB Blank checks parquet wood with five USB cameras from IDS. The results are impressive and make German-made wood flooring profitable. The Reinlein Parkett company, located in Geiselwind, Franconia, utilizes its premises to the fullest. Large stacks of wood fill up almost all of the unbuilt space. Enough wood for a good half a year of production is lying there to dry. The path to the inspection system at ATB Blank passes numerous machines in the large hall which process the raw material. They saw debarked trunks into planks and then saw these planks into boards for various wood flooring types. Boards of low quality end up as 16 cm long, 3 cm wide pieces of wood, i.e. puzzle pieces for composite or mosaic parquet. "Mosaic parquet is actually made from wood scraps. If it can't be used whole, it's sawed into blocks," explained Georg Blank. This means that a parquet manufacturer has to check closely to determine which of the so-called slats are suitable for the classy floor covering. The CEO of the image processing specialists lists the test criteria of "dimensional stability, color, sapwood, knots and cracks". If a piece of wood exhibits a flaw, it may at best still be acceptable for industrial parquet laid edgewise.


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In focus, right down the middle - USB camera system centers high-quality lenses for varifocal eyeglasses


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Specially tempered, super antireflective, highly refractive and featuring the lotus effect – When you buy eyeglasses these days, you're getting a high-tech product. But even the best eyeglass lens is of little use if it's not positioned optimally. A new system from Ollendorf centers varifocal lenses using a high-resolution cam-era from IDS. The use of eyeglasses as a visual aid can be traced back 800 years. They have existed in their current form since the 18th century, but current models hardly have anything in common with the examples from back then. The eyeglasses of the 21st century feature lenses which are optimally adapted for the customer and which are produced using state-of-the-art tools from the initial grind to the final shape. Image processing plays an important role in this process. Extra precision is re-quired for positioning the lens in the frame. A deviation of just 1 millimeter be-tween the eye and the lens is enough to make vision unclear. Ollendorf Messsys-teme offers opticians the visuReal System, a tool for centering eyeglass lenses. The integrated high-resolution camera from IDS Imaging Development Systems supplies detailed color pictures for image evaluation.


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The flying eye - Camera makes currents visible in gliding flight


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

For a glider to glide as long as possible, air has to flow perfectly around the airfoils. To find out if it does, you need either a multi-million Euro wind tunnel or some 3 m wool threads and a USB camera. "Victor Echo, the cable is taught." The two-seater glider is positioned at the start of a 1 km asphalt runway at the Aalen-Elchingen Airport. It's connected to a motor-ized tow plane with a cable. Glider pilot Tobias Lohner reports back to his col-leagues: "The cable is taught." "Victor Echo starting on two seven." The glider jerks as the powered plane accelerates to 130 kph. Half a minute later, they both lift off. At an altitude of 600 m, the pilot releases the tow cable and the aircraft transitions to smooth gliding flight.

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100% Perfection in Automobile Production - GigE cameras keep a close eye on quality in underbody inspection


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Far more than 1,000 cars a day roll off the production line at the factory of a leading automobile manufacturer in Southern Germany. Each car features an individual combination of color, engine configuration, options and accessories. But they all have one thing in common – every single part is in the right place, from trim strips to expanding rivets. Machine vision plays a key role in achieving this high level of accuracy: At various stations of the production process, high-speed cameras check that all components are correctly in place and none of them are missing. VMT Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH, based in Mannheim, Germany, is a robot guidance and quality control specialist in the automotive industry and for years has been providing production units with optical inspection systems. Current underbody inspection systems are equipped with up to 12 GigE cameras of the UI-6230HE-M type from IDS which reliably supply images for the 100% inspection.

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Accurate to the Dot - Innovative system reads Braille with USB camera


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

More than 1 Million people in the United States cannot read this text because they are blind. Every tenth of them can read Braille with their fingertips, though. This ability can be vital when it comes to medication packages. in-situ GmbH, a Munich based specialist for vision and sensor systems, has developed a system for measuring Braille dots on folding boxes. The DotScan inspection system allows reliably recognizing Braille dots and evaluating their tactile quality with high precision. Testing is non-contact using a state-of-the-art machine vision system and the UI-1540SE-M industrial camera from IDS's USB uEye series.

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Welcome to Real World - USB industrial camera adds color to 3D laser scans


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

When rooms or objects are to be reconstructed in 3D, laser scanners allow determining the precise distance of every visible point and producing a three-dimensional model. What is missing, however, is the color information. Conventional camera technology, in contrast, can capture brightness and color, but no depth information. The laser specialists Zoller+Fröhlich GmbH have succeeded in merging the two technologies: The Z+F IMAGER® 5006i mobile 3D laser scanner creates a spatial model as a three-dimensional point cloud, while a high-resolution 5-megapixel camera from IDS provides the color images for the texture. The scope of applications for this system is very wide: from the documentation of buildings, such as historical monuments or factory halls, to traffic accident analysis to forensic investigations.

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Filter Coffee was Yesterday - USB and GigE camera based system checks coffee capsules


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Whether in offices or single households, the time of filter coffee is over. Pre-portioned coffee in capsules is becoming increasingly popular. The main reason is its ease of use: Choose the coffee type, insert the capsule in the machine, push the button – and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee right away. Another advantage is the broad variety of flavors: Besides classical Espresso and Café Crema as well as flavored and decaf coffees, other hot beverages like tea, hot chocolate and even bouillon are also available as capsules. To make the quick cup of coffee a real treat, however, highest quality assurance standards have to be met during production. To achieve this objective, the largest Italian coffee producer uses filling stations, machine vision systems and cameras from three German specialists.

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Designed for Heavy Duty - Ruggedized USB cameras assure quality in production machinery


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

From chipping come chips! The process conditions within industrial manufacturing environments are generally harsh. High temperatures, dust or lubricants make life hard for the sensitive electronics essential for automating the production processes. The modern cameras used e.g. in robot control or optical quality inspection are particularly affected. Their connectors and the fine mechanics of their lenses react very sensitively to external influences. With the uEye RE series, the German machine vision specialist IDS offers a camera range that is designed for heavy duty and especially suited for use in industrial manufacturing environments. Numerous OEM companies, such as the Germany-based companies Kaiser Computersysteme and ISOTRONIC Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH, therefore rely on cameras from IDS.

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Maximum Precision under Harsh Conditions - Automated fine-grinding systems use innovative robot grippers and high-resolution cameras


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Rotating at high speed the milling head approaches the steel block. The cutting edges of the tool tip seemingly effortlessly remove the upper layers of the steel blank. In a second work step a special drill hollows out the future engine block. The main work is done using tools with indexable inserts. These high-precision parts are manufactured, ground and coated in a complex process. The German company ROBOWORKER has specialised in automation solutions for producing these inserts. The high-resolution image data needed for controlling the robot grippers is delivered by cameras from the uEye® family by IDS.

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One for all - Universal camera driver allows easy machine vision integration


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Many automation processes would be impossible without machine vision systems. Almost every machine has built-in cameras. They are needed, for example, to precisely position tools or grippers or to check the visual quality of components. As every application area places different requirements on a camera, one model will hardly be sufficient to cover the entire spectrum. Machine manufacturers and system integrators therefore often face a significant amount of engineering effort if the software needs to be adapted or reprogrammed every time a camera model is changed. That is why IDS, the German machine vision specialist, provides a "one size fits all" camera software for its complete range of cameras, whether they are USB or GigE based. So, whatever the model or interface – integrating, exchanging or upgrading the cameras saves precious time, money and nerves.

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Tracking down the Perpetrator - High-Resolution USB cameras in Action at State Criminal Police Office in Baden Württemberg


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

There is no perfect crime, as every criminal leaves traces at the crime scene. These can be not only fingerprints, microparticles or DNA material, but also shoe prints. Particularly the latter are very difficult to avoid, e.g. for burglars. Therefore they often play an important part in solving property offenses, providing not only the key to difficult cases, but also substantive evidence. To ensure a successful and efficient search for clues, the crime scene incvestigators use state-of-the-art computer technology: Images of shoe tread and outsole prints are collected in a central database, where they can be immediately queried and matched to crime scene prints. The procedure of entering all the tread patterns (prints as well as reference samples) in the system is crucial in this connection. Image acquisition and processing must be very precise, fast and efficient. For this purpose the LKA Baden-Württemberg, which is the State Criminal Police Office in the German State of Baden-Württemberg, uses the high-resolution cameras of the uEye® series from IDS.

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A Keen Eye for the Game - Soccer Robots become Double World Champions with cameras from IDS


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

World Champion at last - at least in robot soccer! At the RoboCup 2007 held in Atlanta/USA from July 1 to 8, the NimbRo team of the University of Freiburg, Germany, won the soccer competitions in both the TeenSize and KidSize classes of the Humanoid League, taking two championship titles home to Germany. Featuring artificial eyes from the uEye® camera series from IDS, powerful machine vision laid the foundations for this success.

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Co-Pilots on Board - High-Resolution USB cameras help develop driver assistance systems


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

In 2006 more than 5,000 people in Germany were killed in traffic accidents. The major accident causes were unsafe lane changing, lane departure and following too closely. In view of these statistics the automotive industry is pushing to develop intelligent driver assistance systems, such as brake assist, distance control and lane keeping systems. These solutions are designed to assist the driver and improve road safety. With its CANape measurement, calibration and diagnostic tool, Vector Informatik supports the development of these systems and, based on a USB camera from IDS, offers a solution for verifying object detection algorithms.

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Cable testing - Efficient Check of Automotive Electronics with High-Resolution USB cameras


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Product quality and its quick and cost-effective control is today more important than ever in order to survive in the global competition. This applies especially to the automotive industry, whose solutions have everyday life while faced with an intense pressure of competition. Manufacturing defects not only cause high warranty and good-will repair costs, but eventually also affect the manufacturer's image. It is therefore essential to reliably detect defects already during production. Modern image processing systems in combination with powerful cameras allow efficient inspection and testing. A specialist in quality assurance systems for the automotive industry, Otte Elektronik GmbH relies on high-resolution cameras with USB interface.

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What to give for a gift? - High-Resolution USB camera add third dimension to photography


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Christmas - the search for the perfect gift can cause many a sleepless night. Vitro Laser GmbH has a special tip: A detailed, life-like portrait engraved inside a solid glass cube. No gift could be more personal! Images taken from portraits or other objects are digitized by a 3D scanner in a matter of seconds. They are then engraved into the glass in just a few minutes by using precision laser technology. The pin-sharp images required for digitizing are supplied by high-resolution cameras from IDS.

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Here’s looking at you, Kid! - Ultra compact USB camera documents examinations of the human eye


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

"Here's looking at you, kid" – who wouldn't remember the famous scene featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the legendary film Casablanca. But nobody looks as deeply into eyes as an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This "penetrating" glance is possible with a slit lamp. The instrument allows a highly precise examination of the human eye. To document this examination and increase the possibility of detecting changes, Tomey GmbH has integrated a compact high-resolution color camera with USB connection from IDS.

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Tackling Back Pain - Digital USB camera replaces analogue Frame Grabber


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Every second person over 30 years of age in Germany has back problems. Back pain has become so widespread that it is meanwhile the most common cause of inability to work and early retirement. And the patients are younger and younger: Children are diagnosed with postural deformity, tilted pelvis, scoliosis or kyphosis already at preschool age. This calls for urgent action. To help physicians find the exact cause of the pain and prescribe effective therapies, Diers International GmbH has specialized in the development of new examination methods: The three- or four-dimensional measurement of the spine with "Formetric". This method takes a stereographic image of the back with a high-resolution USB camera from IDS.

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Eyes@Work - Intelligent Robot Vision System with ultra compact USB camera


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Robots provide indispensable and tireless help in many areas today: From medical technology and industrial production to military operations, they perform highly precise, monotonous or dangerous tasks. To do difficult work, robot systems not only need flexible grippers and tools, however. They also need abilities similar to those of the human eye or brain. This is because modern robots have to recognize, distinguish and track objects, and derive the appropriate decisions from the data they gather. In the Eyes@Work robot vision system from AES motomation, an ultra compact, high-resolution USB camera from IDS acts as a high-tech eye and supplies the required image information to a powerful software.

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Excelent precision before printing - USB cameras ensure perfect print products


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

"In the beginning was the word" but there is quite a long way to go from the word to the finished newspaper. After text processing, type matter and artwork, the exact positioning of the printing plate in the printing press is another essential step on this way. This process requires highest precision to ensure that the ink is accurately transferred to the paper. The printing plates are prepared for positioning by so-called register punches and bending machines. The worldwide largest supplier of this type of machinery, NELA Brüder Neumeister GmbH in Lahr, Germany, in future will employ state-of the-art industrial image processing technology with USB 2.0 cameras to process the printing plates economically and fully automatically in accordance with highest quality standards.

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A Brilliant Solution - Defect Detection in reflective surfaces with USB industrial cameras


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Industrial image processing systems have become indispensable in many areas of modern quality assurance. Whether in end-of-line inspection or robot control, machine vision today ensures fast, reliable and objective quality control as well as in-process defect detection. With brilliant high-gloss surfaces, however, automated image processing has so far come up against its limits: Where standard test methods using direct light or transmitted light fail, it is up to the human eye to identify inclusions or deviations in color or texture. The VisionFlex image processing system uses a new process which now allows inspecting the quality of high-gloss and reflective surfaces with modern machine vision components. A high-resolution industrial camera with USB2.0 interface plays an important part in this context.

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Affordable custom shoes instead of blister plasters - Foot scanner measures feet in seconds


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Approximately 150 different steps are required to craft a custom made shoe. A separate last must be formed for each shoe, for which the shoemaker takes measurements in 35 places. This elaborate procedure can now be handled by a foot scanner that not only speeds up the manufacturing process, but also makes it less expensive.

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What's Cooking? Interactive Inspiration for 'Chefs de la cuisine' - The kitchen table of the future


Source: IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH

Do you still go to the supermarket yourself? Or does your refrigerator automatically order the groceries that are running out, via the Internet and all by itself? Does your bathroom mirror know the stock market quotes and is your percolator switched on by mobile phone as if by ghost hand? The visions that researchers are embracing for the fully automated home of the future actually run somewhere along these lines. Much planning, research and testing is already being dedicated to the envisaged conveniences attending even to the tiresome issue of "what am I going to cook today?". The proactive kitchen table, the "Recipe Table", once and for all solves the problem that invariably crops up each and every day. To accomplish this feat, it uses the possibilities of modern industrial image processing and the ultra-compact design of a USB 2.0 camera.

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