In this interview, AZoSensors talks to Mike Grodzki, Product Manager at Teledyne Dalsa, about the company's Linea SWIR series, the upcoming Linea 2 line scanners, and how they can benefit the industries they're utilized in.
Could you provide an overview of Teledyne DALSA as well as the work you do with the Linea Lite and imaging in general?
Teledyne DALSA is part of the Teledyne Imaging group of leading-edge technology companies aligned under the Teledyne umbrella. Individually, each company offers best-in-class solutions. Together, they combine and leverage each other's strengths to provide the deepest, widest imaging and related technology portfolio in the world.
Our customers guide us in our imaging solution development; our main goal is to provide solutions that solve their application problems. Ease-of-use is also important, and we want to ensure that our customers can easily integrate our technology into their imaging systems.
We also want to provide our customers with the flexibility to evolve with Teledyne DALSA as their systems needs and technology needs evolve.
With these principles in mind, Teledyne DALSA developed Linea Lite, a camera that offers our brand new sensor that is built for a wide range of applications and can be configured for different machine vision challenges. Its small size, weight and power (small SWaP) allows it to fit anywhere that it needs to, and it uses up little power - less than 5 Watts.
What are the main applications of the Linea Lite?
The main applications for Linea Lite include secondary battery inspection, optical sorting, printed materials inspection, packaging inspection, automated optical inspection, materials grading and inspection and general-purpose machine vision.
What makes Linea Lite well-suited for these applications?
Linea Lite offers superior mono or color fidelity with 2 K to 4 K resolution and line rates from 12.5 to 50 kHz, with a GigE Vision® interface. In high sensitivity mode, the camera provides improved responsivity, allowing you to see weaker signals and save on lighting costs.
In enhanced Signal-to-Noise (SNR mode), the camera's full well capacity can be increased to handle even the brightest light sources and let you see details in the brightest regions of your images. In high dynamic range mode, you can finally handle those tricky images containing both bright and dark features at the same time.
How does Teledyne DALSA produce a product that can cover all these varied bases and industries in imaging?
Linea Lite expands on the success of the original series of low-cost, high-value Linea line scan cameras. The camera features Teledyne e2v's Tetra CMOS image sensor, which is designed for high performance and high reliability. The sensor provides low read noise and high dynamic range through the use of true correlated double sampling (CDS).
Linea Lite also features a 45% smaller footprint than Linea, providing a compact solution for tight-fit applications. In addition to delivering fast and easy deployment, Linea Lite is driven by advanced capabilities like Bilinear Color architecture to maximize color fidelity and image quality.
Additionally, it offers Power over Ethernet and Precision Time Protocol, so users can run this GigE camera and its many features over a single ethernet cable.
What would be the next step for the Linea product line?
The next step for our product line will be the Linea 2, which is currently sampling with select customers and will be released later this year. Linea 2 further expands on what made Linea successful with a faster and even more capable camera than the previous generation. Linea 2 will bring 5 GigE speeds to line scan along with trilinear and quad-linear color performance.
Where do you see the future of imaging going?
Companies across an extremely wide variety of industries worldwide are either moving towards or enhancing their existing use of imaging technology for more efficient operations and processes. As such, we also recognize the need for a wide variety of imaging technologies to address the diverse demand.
We continue to see the future of imaging expanding in technologies such as short-wave infrared (SWIR), but also in high-speed, 3D and thermal imaging. We expect that embedded vision will also continue to see increasing value for a broad range of industrial applications.
About the interviewee
Mike began his career at Teledyne DALSA as a Research Analyst, and since 2018, has served as Product Manager for the company’s Linea SWIR series, and the soon-to-be-released Linea2 line scan cameras. Mike is a passionate product professional and thrives on building relationships with customers to understand their pain points and drive a product strategy that resonates with the market.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Teledyne DALSA.
For more information on this source, please visit Teledyne DALSA.
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