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When the going gets tough: who you gonna call?

We take a look at the new GigE uEye FA industrial cameras from IDS Imaging, designed to be some of the toughest eyes out there on the factory floor.

Factory environments can be cruel places, with dirt, dust, cleaning agents and vibration all taking their toll on machine vision equipment.

Which is why IDS Imaging has launched the first industrial cameras from the new GigE uEye FA series.

Two models are initially available, the UI-5260FA and UI-5280FA. The cameras are equipped with the 2.3 MP IMX249 CMOS sensor and 5 MP IMX264 CMOS sensor from Sony, and have been specifically designed for factory automation, which means, says IDS, that they are extremely tough.

Meeting IP65/67 protection requirements are the housing, connectors, lens barrels and cables. They also feature screw-in connections and Power over Ethernet for single cable operation up to 100 metres.

In terms of software, users can choose between the established IDS Software Suite or, in future, GigE Vision firmware. This allows users to choose which specific benefits are most important. IDS’s proprietary driver package provides support for the features of the CMOS sensors and also includes numerous special functions to further extend the range of applications in factory automation. These include long exposures up to 30 seconds, a sequencer mode for changing camera parameters in real time, and a line scan mode. The latter turns the camera into a cost-effective alternative to specialist line-scan cameras.

The UI-5260FA camera, which features the Sony IMX249 2.35 megapixel CMOS sensor, provides the standard image formats 4:3 and 16:9. At full resolution of 1936 x 1216 pixels, it delivers 47 frames per second, fully utilizing the GigE bandwidth. With its exceptionally high dynamic range and outstanding signal/noise ratio, it ensures high-contrast and practically noise-free images, which are, says IDS, impressive even in weak, or fluctuating lighting conditions.

The UI-5280FA camera comes complete a 2/3″ Global Shutter IMX264 CMOS sensor (5 megapixels). It meets the very toughest requirements in terms of light sensitivity and dynamics, while simultaneously achieving very low dark noise. The high NIR sensitivity makes the invisible visible to the human eye and renders a special NIR sensor version unnecessary. It delivers images in 4:3 format with a frame rate of 23 fps.

Shortly IDS will launch two more camera models with Global Shutter CMOS sensors from Sony.

The UI-5270FA will have the IMX265 sensor (2045 x 1542 pixels, 36 fps), currently the best CMOS image sensor in the 3 megapixel class.

The UI-5290FA with IMX267 sensor will offer a resolution of 8.9 megapixels (4112 x 2176 pixels). IDS says that this camera will perform well in slower machine vision applications that require a large field of view.