The worldwide chip shortage makes the production and distribution of industrial cameras a challenge.
Although the situation is expected to ease in the coming year, many companies do require camera models that are readily available. But how can manufacturers ensure short delivery times? IDS Imaging Development Systems has decided to redevelop virtually the entire USB3 camera range and to rely on plannable Semiconductor technology. With success, series production of new, USB3 Vision-compliant industrial cameras has recently started.
Customers can choose from different camera families with specific characteristics and a wide range of sensors.
Models in the uEye CP family, for example, are particularly suitable for space-critical applications thanks to their distinctive, compact magnesium housing measuring just 29 x 29 x 29mm. The company offers cameras with numerous global and rolling shutter sensors from 0.5 to 20 MP. They are highly versatile and suitable for tasks in automation, automotive, printing and packaging, medical technology and life sciences, agriculture, logistics, as well as traffic and transportation.
In the uEye LE series, customers can look forward to the IMX273 (1.6 MP) and IMX265 (3.2 MP) global shutter CMOS sensors as well as the IMX290 (2.1 MP) and IMX178 (6.4 MP) rolling shutter sensors. They are available in no less than five different housing variants. Whether as a version with coated plastic housing and C-/CS-Mount or as a single-board version with or without C-/CS-Mount or S-Mount – uEye+ LE cameras are cost-saving project cameras for a wide range of applications. The latest product launch also included board-level versions with active focus. The uEye+ LE board-level cameras – with and without active focus – are initially available with a horizontal USB type connector and will soon also be offered with a vertical USB type connector.
“In addition to these camera families, we also offer new models in our basic product lines uEye XCP and XLE,” explains Product Communication Specialist Claudia Kirsch. These cameras excel wherever the essentials matter. With their small size, they can be easily integrated into a wide variety of image processing systems. During development, the IDS team placed great emphasis on a cost-efficient design. This makes the models perfect for price-sensitive and high-volume applications where simple camera requirements are needed. They are used, for example, for analysis tasks in the laboratory, as eyes in autonomously navigating vehicles in production, or for visual support of robots in the field of automation.
Users can find all available models and their specific technical data in the IDS webshop. Several filter options help to find the right model for their applications. Like all IDS industrial cameras, they are characterised by the combination of “Made in Germany” quality, long-term availability and excellent user-friendliness.