Newsletter 02/2016


As a MATRIX VISION customer you may already have experienced the benefit of our support before, during and after your project. Our support ranges from easy access to our dedicated and knowledgeable support team, through tailored training and workshops, up to face-to-face meetings on site between you and our expert "Technology Transfer" team. Whether you have questions about the camera technology, lens, lighting or cables, you will always find the right point of contact at MATRIX VISION. This has been borne out repeatedly for over 30 years in our customer satisfaction surveys. So we have a solid understanding of what issues catch our customers out. And we want to use that knowledge to make industrial image processing even easier.

We have been developing smart cameras since 1999. Until now a considerable amount of software expertise and effort was necessary to implement applications. However, things are set to change with the launch of the mvBlueGEMINI smart camera and its twin software package mvIMPACT Configuration Studio (ICS). Applying our long-term experience in developing hardware and software, we have now made it possible for the user to set up the hardware and start compiling inspection programmes for common machine vision applications after referring to just a two-page flyer. It frequently only takes a few minutes to compile a first inspection, even without programming or image-processing knowledge.

We've even made it easier to try out this next level hardware and software partnership with the mvBlueGEMINI Starter Kit. Comprising the camera, lens, ring light and necessry cables plus a power supply unit, tripod and I/O / trigger interface box you will have everything you need to get started straight away. Simply give it a try and save time, save money and reduce stress; it's a veritable painkiller.


mvBlueGEMINI release 1.2 published – intuitive inspection software extended

Together wirh firmware version 1.2, the "mvIMPACT Configuration Studio", or ICS for short, was updated, too. The release 1.2 offers inter alia following innovations:

  • Import and export of inspection programs.

  • "Find object" tool was updated and extends the model differentiation of ICS.

  • "Read code" tool was imporved and it is possible to detect and read several codes in one image at the same time.

  • "Receive data" and "Get inputs" are new tools to interact with the inspection program externally.

  • Remote control via PLC is now possible. For this reason you can integrate the mvBlueGEMINI in production environments.

Sony CMOS-Sensoren now with 12 Mpix

Because of the impressive image quality, reduced noise and a dynamic range in excess of 71 dB the Pregius family by Sony is a shooting star in the sensor's area Now, Sony introduced further models. The IMX253 has a resolution of 12.4 Mpixels and the IMX255 has a resolution of 8.9 Mpixels. We added both models to the mvBlueFOX3-2 USB3 Vision family:

  • mvBlueFOX3-2124

    • 1.1" CMOS sensor IMX253

    • 12.4 Mpixels (4112 x 3008)

    • 34.6 fps at full resolution

  • mvBlueFOX3-2089

    • 1" CMOS sensor IMX255

    • 8.9 Mpixels (4112 x 2176)

    • 47.5 fps at full resolution

Both, the mvBlueFOX3-2124G (gray scale model) and the mvBlueFOX3-2089G (gray scale model) are available as pilot series. The releases are scheduled for Q1/2017.

Calculating the pixel resolution

Again, we upgraded our famous lens calculator: As soon as you entered the application parameters and activated the calculator, it will return the pixel resolution in pixel/mm. You can use this value to evaluate, whether the resolution of the optics is suitable for edge detection, for example, or not.

Vision, Robotics & Mechatronics

Visit us in Veldhoven (Netherlands) and take the opportunity to see the teamplay of mvBlueGEMINI Smart Camera and mvIMPACT Configuration Studio live and in action. Furthermore, you will see the USB 3.0 industrial camera mvBlueFOX3 with the new 12 Mpix Pregius CMOS sensor by Sony as well as the mvBlueSIRIUS Perception Camera at Stand 106.