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Basler ace 2: Next Generation of the ace Camera Series with Unique Beyond Features

Camera manufacturer Basler presents a fundamentally new model series with its new camera series ace 2, which takes into account the rise of various customer needs with regard to cost-effective solutions for standard applications on the one hand, and increased performance requirements on the other. The ace 2 Basic product line is tailored to the standard tasks of a vision system, while the ace 2 Pro line provides valuable support for more demanding requirements, thanks to powerful new in-camera features such as Pixel Beyond and Compression Beyond.

Both product lines - ace 2 Basic and ace 2 Pro - feature state-of-the-art CMOS sensor technology, optimized hardware design, and improved image quality. Both lines are available with both GigE and USB 3.0 interfaces and can be combined with Basler's extensive accessory portfolio.

ace 2 Basic
The ace 2 Basic is specifically designed for the standard requirements of a vision system in terms of functionality and price awareness and fulfils these tasks in an exemplary manner and with the usual reliability. The first four models are equipped with Sony's IMX392 sensor, offer 2.3 megapixel resolution at a frame rate of 51 fps in the GigE version and up to 160 fps with USB 3.0 interface. The advantage for customers: they only pay for what they really need for their application.

ace 2 Pro
The four models of the ace 2 Pro line additionally offer powerful in-camera features: in addition to the proven PGI feature set, with Compression Beyond and Pixel Beyond, they include two unique new features, patent pending from Basler, which contribute directly to increasing the performance of a vision system.

The ace 2 Pro product line offers features that are unique in the market:

Compression Beyond compresses image data directly in the camera's FPGA, in real time and without sacrificing image quality. As a result, more bandwidth is available, which in turn ensures considerably higher frame rates, especially with GigE - up to two to three times the rate, depending on the image content. If required, the image data can be stored in compressed form in full resolution and thus require significantly less storage capacity. The advantage for customers: they can operate the GigE interface in their system with the same hardware up to twice as fast.

Pixel Beyond uses an interpolation method developed by Basler to change the pixel size. Similar to conventional binning functions, this allows the adjustment of various sensor characteristics. With Pixel Beyond, customers can, for example, scale the resolution according to their requirements and reduce unneeded data volumes.

In addition, Pixel Beyond can be used to simulate other sensor models. The advantage for customers: the characteristics of any discontinued sensor models can be reproduced individually. This allows for an easy redesign without having to reconfigure the entire vision system.

With the new ace 2, Basler Product Manager Michael Rieck sees customers well equipped for the future: "The ace 2 offers maximum investment security, outstanding performance and cost advantages. In addition to the numerous improvements in hardware and software, we have also further optimized our production processes. This makes Basler and the ace 2 the ideal choice for new design-in projects".
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For more than 40 years, the CMTS audience from within Canada’s leading industries including automotive and aerospace have come together to source solutions and knowledge from the global leaders in machine tools and tooling, metalworking, and advanced manufacturing.

This national event offers a diverse mix of live technology on display, with unrivaled keynotes, panel discussions and technical sessions. CMTS includes several signature networking events where the industry comes together to connect, share and celebrate manufacturing.

Event Hours
September 30 – October 3, 2019

The International Centre (Halls 1-4)
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8

Product Announcement for Basler boost: The New Camera with CoaXPress 2.0 Interface for High Data Rates

With the Basler boost series, Basler is one of the first camera manufacturers on the market to expand its portfolio with a camera featuring the CoaXPress 2.0 standard and modern CMOS sensor technology. The camera delivers high resolutions and high frame rates with a cable length of up to 40 m. Basler also offers a combination of camera and matching interface card from a single source in form of the Basler boost bundle.

Thanks to the upcoming CoaXPress 2.0 standard (or CXP 2.0), the Basler boost cameras achieve a maximum bandwidth of up to 12.5 Gbps with a single CXP cable. The precise triggering with the CXP cable eliminates the need for a separate I/O cable, making a single-cable solution possible in combination with power-over-CXP (PoCXP). This results in significant cost reductions.

Basler combines this advancement in interface technology with the best which the current CMOS sensor landscape has to offer: an optional Sony IMX253 or IMX255 sensor delivers resolutions of 12 or 9 megapixels respectively with maximum frame rates of 68 fps or 93 fps.

The CXP 2.0 interface requires an appropriate interface card in the PC. It prevents the PC’s processor (CPU) from being blocked by the image data transfer so that it can be fully available for the image processing application. To this end, Basler offers its proprietary Basler CXP-12 interface card. Combined with the Basler boost camera, it forms the Basler boost bundle that gives the customer a simple image capture solution from one source. Basler’s pylon Camera Software Suite addresses the camera as well as the interface card, making it even easier to integrate the application.

The Basler boost has impressively compact dimensions of 80 mm x 80 mm x 45 mm and includes a digital input along with two GPIO ports. Basler’s well-known features such as the image optimization PGI are also available in this camera. Basler is presenting the new product for the first time at the VISION show in Shanghai, followed by the Hannover Messe in Germany and the Automate in Chicago, United States.

Basler Lighting

Perfect synchronization. Easy Integration.

We offer high-quality lighting equipment that is perfectly matched to our most popular camera models and greatly simplifies the design of your image processing system. Lighting plays a major role in a vision system as it provides the light that, in conjunction with other vision components such as cameras and lenses, ensures the best possible and repeatable image quality in a wide range of applications.

In cooperation with CCS, the world's leading manufacturer of LED lighting for machine vision applications, we have developed a comprehensive portfolio of various lighting components that meet the specific requirements for lighting in a vision system. The new and unique lighting concept is designed for Basler ace U and L cameras with the Basler SLP feature, a feature that significantly reduces the complexity of a vision system and allows any user to integrate the lighting early and easily.

Intelligent Lighting synced by Basler SLP
High-quality and carefully selected lighting equipment supports you in the simple setup of a powerful vision system. Basler Lighting offers an easy lighting approach for industrial cameras, which greatly reduces the time and the costs regarding the implementation of light sources. The entire process, from the selection of the lights to the installation, is made simpler and shorter by the Basler SLP feature, a feature that enables direct communication between camera and light using a protocol developed by Basler. It allows easy synchronization between camera and lighting, gives non-expert users easy access to the popular strobing operation and simplifies the setup for vision applications.

Furthermore, it reduces the necessary components of a vision system to a minimum and enables control by only one single software package, the pylon Camera Software Suite. The customer saves material costs and precious time since the light integration becomes much easier. Through the intensity control and the easy-to-use strobing function, the life time of the LED lighting is increased, which results in further savings. In addition to its high user-friendliness due to plug and play functionality and low purchase price, it also provides low operating costs, which can be supported by preventive maintenance.
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On behalf of the Canadian Photonic Industry Consortium, we would like to invite you to the Québec City Convention Centre, Québec, Canada for the Photonics North conference on May 21-23, 2019. This conference will be an excellent opportunity to network and exchange with researchers, government representatives and industry professionals.

Optics and photonics technologies are strategic to the overall growth of many industry sectors in Canada; the pervasive nature of these enabling technologies results in novel applications covering numerous fields. To respond to the increasing needs of the industry and population, researchers in optics and photonics from all over the world are developing new capabilities, knowledge and products by transforming research outcomes into innovation with socio-economic impact.

Moreover, this year, Photonics North 2019 will be held jointly with the ETOP 2019 Conference (Education and Training in Optics and Photonics). Your registration to Photonics North 2019 will give you access to ETOP 2019 conferences!

Bock Optronics looks forward to welcoming you to Photonics North 2019!

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In Series Production: Basler MED ace Camera Compliant with DIN EN ISO 13485:2016

The first models of the Basler MED ace camera series, produced in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13485:2016, have now entered series production (2 MP and 5 MP resolution). The camera series includes Basler’s first cameras specifically designed for Medical & Life Sciences. They are also the perfect answer to Sony's discontinuation of CCD sensors. All models are equipped with the best CMOS sensor technology, which scores in terms of image quality and lower costs compared to classic CCD cameras. Featuring Sony's Pregius sensors or the PYTHON sensors from ON Semiconductor, the Basler MED ace achieves up to 164 frames per second and a resolution of up to 20 MP. The excellent performance is underscored by pixel sizes up to 5.86 µm, a low temporary dark noise of a minimum of 2e- and sensor sizes up to 1.1 inches.

With certification in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13485:2016, Basler now provides additional quality standards for the production, distribution and service of digital cameras as well as for placing them on the market. International manufacturers of medical devices benefit from an effective quality management system with clearly defined standards. Reliable product quality due to validated and monitored production, traceability and comprehensive change management reduces effort required for audits, product documentation and support in complying with European standards.

The Basler MED ace cameras also stand out with their unique Basler MED Feature Sets: Easy Compliance, Brilliant Image, Perfect Color, Low Light Imaging, High Speed and Industrial Excellence. The Feature Sets combine market-leading hardware, firmware and software features. Basler developed them addressing the high imaging demands in Medical & Life Sciences to reduce customers’ development efforts. Basler’s 6 Axis Operator and the Color Calibrator provide full control of the image’s color appearance, which is highly relevant for applications in ophthalmology or microscopy. Basler’s PGI and the other new, automatic image functions deliver supreme image quality in minimal time on color and monochrome cameras.
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Now in Series Production: ace U with 20 MP Resolution and Sony IMX183 Sensor

Now in Series Production: ace U with 20 MP Resolution and Sony IMX183 Sensor
Four new ace U models with the rolling shutter IMX183 CMOS sensor from the Sony Exmor R series are expanding the portfolio of our most successful camera series, the ace. The cameras offer a resolution of 20 megapixels with a 1″ sensor size and a compact design with 29 x 29 mm footprint. They feature frame rates of up to 17 frames per second. These qualities make the four new ace U models particularly attractive for the inspection of the finest structures, such as those in PCB or display production. Considering the constantly increasing resolutions of modern displays, the latter requires continuously higher resolutions in the inspecting cameras.

The four new high-resolution ace U models offer Basler’s unique PGI feature set for color and monochrome cameras, which corrects unwanted artefacts. This provides you with a particularly good evaluation on a pixel level. As a result, we enable a detailed inspection of high-resolution displays with excellent image quality at a very attractive price.

The innovative BI (back-illuminated) sensor technology of the Sony IMX183 provides outstanding sensitivity and low noise at a small pixel size of 2.4 µm. With this particularly light-sensitive sensors, the four new ace cameras offer excellent image quality even in low light conditions.

The traffic sector is another area for potential applications, since the monitoring of multiple traffic lanes often requires only a single ace U 20 MP camera, as is the land survey field, in which light, high-resolution cameras are needed for recordings of large or difficult to access areas from the air.

All four new ace U models are available with a GigE and USB 3.0 interface and include the PGI feature set, the unique combination of 5x5 Debayering, Color-Anti-Aliasing, Denoising and Improved Sharpness. The GigE models also excel with high-performance GigE Vision 2.0 features such as PTP. Our pylon Camera Software Suite ensures the fast and simple integration of the ace cameras.
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Coaxlink Quad 3D-LLE
Quad CXP-6 frame grabber with on-board laser line extraction for 3D profiling

Laser line extraction with zero host CPU usage
Real-time generation of 16-bit 3D height maps
Choice of algorithms: Maximum, Peak, Center of Gravity
Precision: up to 1/256 pixel (with Peak and COG algorithms)
Performance: 19,000 profiles/s from 1024 x 128 images. 38,000 profiles/s from 1024 x 64 images

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Download Coaxlink Quad 3D-LLE Datasheet  :  Coaxlink Quad 3D-LLE 

(POC-320 AND POC-330)

Experience the Giant Leap in Performance of the
Intel® Apollo Lake Pentium® Platform!

What makes the POC-300 series stand out?

The POC-300 series features the latest Intel® Apollo Lake Pentium® N4200 and Atom™ E3950 quad-core processor which offers a faster more powerful performance than previous generations.

Its ingeniously mechanical design combines a DIN-RAIL mounting chassis with front-access I/O in an ultra-compact enclosure and is equipped with I/O features such as GbE, USB 3.0/2.0, COM ports and mSATA storage in a space saving footprint that measures approximately 2.25 x 6 x 4.5 in or 5.6 x 15 x 11 cm.

The POC-300 series also features Neousys' MezIO™ interface for easy function expansion via versatile MezIO™ modules such as ignition control/management, COM ports and digital input/output (DIO).

With our proven fan-less design, the POC-300 series withstands harsh environments making it a compelling fan-less controller with a wide operating temperature range of -13°F to 158°F or -25°C to 70°C making it beneficial for various industrial applications.

The POC-320 model comes with 1 GbE and 2 PoE+/GbE ports and the POC-330 supports 3 GbE ports to power cameras for vision related applications such as in-vehicle machine vision or surveillance. Both models are available for order now!

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Effective April 1st, 2017 Ricoh Industrial Solutions Inc. (RINS) Japan has restructured its North American distribution network for their factory automation (FA) lens products. Bock Optronics has been appointed the Certified Distributor in Canada for Ricoh's quality, high performance factory automation (FA) lenses.

Ricoh Industrial Solutions Inc. manufacturers a wide selection of quality lenses for a wide range of applications. Machine vision, robotics, visual inspection, surveillance are but a few areas which Ricoh FA lenses products are ideally suited. Standard VGA, 2 megapixel, 5 megapixel, 9 megapixel, linescan and UV lenses form a comprehensive offering to meet the lens needs of many imaging applications.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry and with Ricoh FA products (formerly Pentax), the knowledgeable and qualified staff of Bock Optronics can help you select the right lens solution for your project. For further information on Ricoh FA lens products or assistance in finding the right solution for your needs, contact Bock Optronics!

Within Canada, call 1 (800) 762-1570 or (416) 674-2804 to speak with a vision specialist. You can also contact us by email at
Download our Ricoh Announcement For Canadian Customers here :  Ricoh Announcement

Highlights of the Basler ToF Camera
• VGA resolution for outstanding 3D image processing
• Frame rate: 20 fps
• Working range: 0 to 13.3 m
• Accuracy: +/- 1 cm within a range of 0.5 to 5.8 m
• Eight high-power NIR LEDs
• Multipart image, comprised of range, intensity and confidence maps.
• 2D and 3D images within one shot
• Powerful features: HDR, multichannel, trigger, PTP
• Unique price/performance ratio

 High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Cameras White Paper
 Basler ToF Data Sheet

Basler ace: Now with Sony's IMX and ON Semiconductor's PYTHON Sensors

The Basler ace family is continuing to grow: Equipped with the latest PYTHON sensors from ON Semiconductor and Sony's IMX174, IMX249, IMX250, IMX264, IMX252 and IMX265 sensors from the pregius series, the new ace models leave nothing to be desired. In particular, the combination of small design and large, high-performance CMOS sensors with the most modern global shutter technology and resolutions of VGA to 5 megapixels makes the new ace models unbeatable.

The Basler ace models with the Sony IMX sensors at a glance:
- Global shutter technology
- Resolution: 2.3, 3 and 5 megapixels
- Frame rates of up to 50 (GigE) or 164 frames (USB 3.0) per second
- High quantum efficiency of over 70%
- Large dynamic range (> 70 db)
- Extremely low noise ratio
- High sensitivity
- Extraordinarily high image quality even in the most difficult light conditions, comparable to CCD sensors
- Suitable for very challenging applications (e.g. microscopy, medical technology, transport technology)
- Including the powerful in-camera image optimization PGI, consisting of a unique combination of 5x5 Debayering, Color-Anti-Aliasing, Denoising and Improved Sharpness.
- Small design (from 29 mm x 29 mm x 29 mm at 80 g)
- Excellent price/performance ratio

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