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Machine Vision Lighting Techniques

Machin vision lighting techniques

There are many considerations when determining your machine vision lighting technique. In this post, we will outline common machine vision lighting techniques, as well as the most important lighting considerations for each technique. What are the common Machine Vision Lighting Techniques? Most machine vision lighting applications can be described as  [Read More…]

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The Compact Green Laser Module

ProPhotonix recently announced the launch of a Compact green laser module range. This post looks at the advantages of the new laser modules and the range of applications it addresses. Direct emission green laser modules As a distributor of premium laser diodes, ProPhotonix has access to the latest in laser  [Read More…]

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Machine Vision Lighting for Currency Inspection

Machine vision lighting plays a vital role in the inspection of banknotes. Today’s notes contain many security features (holograms, conductive strips, UV ink, micro print and etch features – to name a few) which complicates the inspection process often involving several inspections.  The print inspection examines the notes for defects  [Read More…]

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488nm Laser Diode Module

488nm Laser Diode module

ProPhotonix recently launched a 488nm laser diode module. This post looks at the advantages of the new laser module and the range of applications for it. The New 488nm Laser Diode Module ProPhotonix’ unique position as a distributor of laser diodes as well as designer and manufacturer of laser modules  [Read More…]

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Custom Fiber Coupled Laser Diode Module Array

fiber Coupled laser Diode module Array

In this post, we will outline a Custom Fiber-Coupled laser diode module array designed by ProPhotonix for use in a Computer-to-Plate (CtP) system. In CtP Systems, an image created in a desktop publishing application is output directly to a printing plate for use in a printing press for volume printing.  [Read More…]

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Fiber-Coupled Laser Diode Modules


Easy to use, fiber-coupled laser diode modules have become the foundation technology in many new and emerging applications. What is a Fiber-Coupled Laser Module? In fiber-coupled laser diode modules, the module usually includes collimating optics for shaping and collimating an output beam, as well as connections for electrical power, modulation  [Read More…]

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New Laser Diodes

New Laser Diodes

ProPhotonix recently announced that it has been appointed as a franchised distributor of Panasonic’s new range of red, infrared and dual wavelength laser diodes in the EMEA region. This post highlights the benefits of the new single and dual-wavelength laser diodes and gives details of their applications. Benefits of the  [Read More…]

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Selecting a Laser Module

Laser Module

There are a wide range of laser modules available on the market today and with standard as well as custom laser module offerings it is important to understand the options available to you. Here is a summary of our top 5 options. This is not an exhaustive list, merely a  [Read More…]

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LED Line Light Technologies

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There has been a dramatic shift in the technologies used for LED Line Lights in the past ten years. In a recent study by the EMVA (European Machine Vision Association), it was noted that machine vision lighting is now “almost entirely being realized by LED Lighting”. But what are the  [Read More…]

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Driving Laser Diodes

What is a Laser diode? A laser diode is a laser where the active medium is a semiconductor similar to that found in a light-emitting diode1. The most common type of laser diode is formed from a p-n junction and powered by injected electric current. A laser diode is formed by doping a very thin layer on the surface of  [Read More…]

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Illumination challenges in Medical Imaging

Initially, machine vision applications were largely restricted to industrial settings, but in recent times there has been a dramatic increase in the use of vision systems in medical imaging applications. Applications range from endoscopy to vascular imaging, and while each application has its own specific requirements, there are consistent challenges  [Read More…]

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LED Line Lights in line scan applications

Led Line Lights in Line Scan Systems

In this post we will describe line scan applications; the reasons for selecting a line scan solution and explain some of the most important characteristics of a LED Line light for line scan applications. What is a line scan application? A line scan application is defined as a machine vision  [Read More…]

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LED Line lights for Wafer Inspection

LED Line Lights For Solar inspection

Line scan systems utilizing LED line lights are used for sorting and grading of solar cells to increase throughput and reduce costs for solar cell production.  As solar panels require different cells to work together, vision systems are used to accurately detect defects early to avoid whole modules being compromised. Wafer  [Read More…]

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Chip on Board LED Technology in Machine Vision Lighting

Machine Vision Lighting

In our post on the Advantages of Chip on Board Technology vs. Surface Mount technology, we defined Chip-on-Board LED technology and illustrated through an example the increased chip packing density achievable with Chip-on-Board technology. In today’s post, we explain the specific advantages of choosing Chip-on-Board technology for Machine Vision Lighting  [Read More…]

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LED Array Methods

LED Array Methods

LED arrays are assemblies of LED packages or chips that can be built using several methods. The method is determined by the manner and extent to which the LED chips themselves are packaged by the LED semiconductor manufacturer. The intensity & uniformity of light output, as well as the size  [Read More…]

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New Blue Laser Diode

blue laser diode

With the launch of the new PLT5-488 from Osram there has been much interest in blue laser diodes but what are the advantages of this laser diode and what applications does it address? Advantages of the new Blue Laser Diode The PLT5-488 is a single mode device with an output power of  [Read More…]

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