Newsletter 03/2017


Managing Director Uwe Furtner has once again been voted Manager of the Year in the field of “Automation/Image Processing” by readers of “Markt und Technik”, making this the second time Uwe has won the stylish trophy since 2015. “I am delighted to have been awarded the title again, and it demonstrates that with our products we are always in touch with the times and our customers,” says Uwe. Only participants from the B2B sector were able to vote.

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New models with lower resolutions and higher frame rates

The Pregius sensor family from Sony is growing again, which means our mvBlueCOUGAR-X (GigE Vision) and mvBlueFOX3-2 (USB3 Vision) camera families are, too. The low resolutions enable higher frame rates and show the following features in detail:

  • mvBlueCOUGAR-X100f

    • 1/2.9" CMOS sensor IMX287

    • 0,4 Mpixels (728 x 544)

    • 436 fps at full resolution in burst mode (via frame buffer)

  • mvBlueCOUGAR-X102f

    • 1/2.9" CMOS sensor IMX273

    • 1,6 Mpixels (1456 x 1088)

    • 126.3 fps at full resolution in burst mode (via frame buffer)

  • mvBlueFOX3-2004

    • 1/2.9" CMOS sensor IMX287

    • 0,4 Mpixels (728 x 544)

    • 436 fps at full resolution

  • mvBlueFOX3-2016

    • 1/2.9" CMOS sensor IMX273

    • 1,6 Mpixels (1456 x 1088)

    • 226.1 fps at full resolution

Pre-production samples are available for evaluation purposes.

Gigabit Ethernet industrial camera with IP67 and aluminium case

In addition to the stainless steel case, the IP67 variant of the mvBlueCOUGAR-X is now also available in aluminium. The benefits for you are: The aluminium case

  • deflects heat more effectively,

  • is considerably lighter and

  • is cheaper than the stainless steel case.

Everything else remains the same. The screw-in connections make it possible to use the camera in harsh environments and the lens is protected within the case.

Save defective pixels on the camera

Due to random anomalies in the processes, sensor manufacturers cannot guarantee that all pixels will behave the same way under the same light conditions. These anomalies are known as defective pixels, which can be resolved very easily. The procedure for doing this is explained in the manuals for our cameras. What is new, however, is that the data relating to the defective pixels can be saved in the camera’s non-volatile memory. Both the mvBlueFOX3 and the mvBlueCOUGAR-X/-XD include the mv Defective Pixel Correction Control feature for this purpose. This means that the data are available even after a firmware update or when using the camera in a different system.

Wide-angle lens MV-O0619-5M-FU from Fujinon for small spaces

The new wide-angle lens MV-O0619-5M-FU from Fujinon with an MOD of 100 mm is particularly suitable for applications that require a short working distance and wide viewing angles. Thanks to its small design, the lens is also designed for use in environments with little available space. The 6 mm lens, designed for a 3.45 µm pixel size and 5 megapixel resolution, perfectly complements the 2/3” IMX250 or IMX264 Pregius sensor that is built into the industrial camera:

  • mvBlueFOX3-2051 (USB 3.0)

  • mvBlueFOX3-2051a (USB 3.0)

  • mvBlueFOX3-M2051 (USB 3.0)

  • mvBlueFOX3-M2051a (USB 3.0)

  • mvBlueCOUGAR-X105b (Gigabit Ethernet)

  • mvBlueCOUGAR-XD105a (Dual Gigabit Ethernet)

Industrial 8-port GigE switch with M12 connectors

Surely everyone has experienced the problem of broken plastic plugs on Ethernet cables. In order to avoid this problem, especially in industrial use, and therefore to make the cabling more robust, we offer industrial cameras with screw-in connections together with the matching Ethernet cables. For this purpose, there is now also the appropriate MV-SWITCH-GIGE-8-M12-TR switch for simultaneous operation of up to seven Gigabit Ethernet industrial cameras. As a small, compact and robust solution, the switch creates the basis for decentralised applications, and makes control box-based solutions and their cables redundant.

Multi-casting – one camera, multiple recipients within the same sub-network

GigE Vision supports the streaming of image data within a network using multi-cast. This means there is a data source that sends the data to a group of recipients within the same sub-network. Unlike with point-to-point connections (Unicast), multiple recipients can therefore simultaneously receive and display image data without this requiring additional workload for the camera. Find out how to use multi-cast with the GigE Vision mvBlueCOUGAR-X industrial camera in the use case described in the manual.

3D partnership with Metrilus

Metrilus GmbH from Erlangen, Germany is one of the first companies to specialise in complete solutions for real-time 3D image processing applications. With this outstanding service, the company offers cost-effective and direct access to this new technology. The company provides consultation, development of prototypes and custom-made software solutions in relation to our mvBlueSIRIUS 6D perception camera and has already completed numerous projects in a wide variety of sectors.