What are some new innovations Advanced illumination has been working on recently?
At the beginning of 2020, we released the newest addition to the UltraSeal Washdown family: the AL247 UltraSeal Washdown Bar Light. As with the other UltraSeal lights, the Bar Lights are virtually crevice-free, IP69K Certified by an independent testing agency, and highly corrosion-resistant, making them ideal for hygienic inspection environments, aseptic manufacturing, and food and beverage applications. These Bar Lights equip the food and beverage industry to tackle more inspection challenges without compromising food safety.
Shortly thereafter, we released our new High Intensity Pattern Projecting Spot Light, engineered with significantly higher output intensity. Our new structured LED light projector features a large cluster of high-intensity LEDs in a focused, homogeneous Spot Light, and is nine times brighter than the existing SL191 Pattern Projecting Spot Light.
Most recently, we launched our Quad Controllers for computational imaging and photometric stereo. These multi-channel controllers (the DCS-400E Quad Controller features four output channels, while the DCS-800E Quad X2 features eight output channels) are ideal for applications that require multi-channel lights or multi-light stations, including photometric stereo, extended depth of field, combined bright field + dark field, and more. Along with the capability of being custom-programmed, the DCS-400E and DCS-800E have built-in, pre-programmed sequencing, allowing the controllers to cycle through pre-determined lighting “recipes”.
Understanding that photometric stereo is an emerging technique, we wanted to support the industry by devoting a section of our website to education. In this section of our website, we feature application examples, technical user guides, and a detailed application note to assist customers in their photometric stereo efforts.
What do you see shaping the market in 2021?
To state the obvious, COVID-19 significantly affected almost everyone’s business operations in 2020, and manufacturing was no exception. One trend we anticipate from its impact moving into 2021 is an increase in the adoption of automation. Any increase in automation will drive demand for machine vision, but we’re specifically anticipating this in the logistics, warehousing, and electronics industries, to name a few.
The demand for machine vision within these fast-paced industries will undoubtedly present new and unique application challenges, driving the development of lighting solutions that will need to be adaptable – either highly customised lights for specific applications, or flexible solutions that can be adjusted from within the deployed environments.
What can we expect from Advanced illumination in 2021?
In an effort to meet the demand for more adaptable lighting solutions, we’re researching and developing innovative lighting products that would allow users to integrate lights more freely and adjust them on the plant floor – whether that be with unique mounting accessories or the flexibility to adjust the angle of the LEDs within the lights themselves, as an example.
After receiving customer feedback, we’re also continuing to grow the UltraSeal Washdown family of lights to support extreme washdown environments. Additions of Spot Lights, Ring Lights, and more can be expected within our upcoming new product releases, to meet the growing need for washdown lighting solutions in food and beverage manufacturing environments.
Ultimately, we’re continuing to pay close attention to our customers’ unique needs and developing products from trends we identify within the market. As always, you can expect Advanced illumination to support our customers with high quality machine vision lighting and unique custom solutions, accompanied by our breadth of industry knowledge and exceptional.