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OEM Automatic signs supply deal with Sony ISS for new range of machine vision cameras


eicester based OEM Automatic, supplier of components for industrial automation, has signed

a supply deal with Sony Image Sensing Solutions (ISS). The agreement will see OEM Automatic becoming the sole supplier in the UK and Ireland of the full range of Sony’s award winning XC machine vision camera modules. Available immediately, the Sony XC

range consists of 15 high speed vision cameras ranging in resolution from 1.6MP to 12.4MP. The cameras are optimised for use in a wide variety of industries from general automation, quality and robot guidance applications to inspection systems and medical/life sciences. With a focus on cutting edge technology, quality and functionality, the cameras use the Camera Link, USB 3.0 and GigE standards. The range includes the new XCG-CP510 polarised camera module and its marketing leading SDK. This 5.1MP camera uses monochrome quad polarised filters to capture polarised light in four planes, improving visibility and detection in

manufacturing and security/intelligent transport solutions (ITS) applications. Richard Hammond, OEM Automatic’s product manager, Machine Vision and Identification, comments, “This agreement is a great opportunity for OEM and we are proud to be collaborating with Sony, one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products in the world. The company’s revitalised XC high speed vision cameras showcase the quality, functionality and reliability of the Sony Pregius range of CMOS image sensors. “They are also highly reliable and versatile, with a simple, time-saving

software interface that makes set-up a straightforward process. There’s no doubt when it comes to machine vision technology, Sony is the best brand on the market. “Our agreement to supply the XC

range of cameras has opened up an exciting new market for the company. For the first time OEM Automatic can offer its customers a high quality, total machine vision solution that not only includes Sony’s XC range of cameras, but also incorporates lenses, lighting, industrial PCs, software and filters.”

Electronics at the nanoscale: challenges and opportunities for making metal nanowires

Molecular nanowires can be used for many applications, from LED lights to medical devices


ilver, gold and copper nanowires are leading contenders for next- generation nanoscale devices,

however greater understanding of how they work and improved production methods are needed before they can be widely used, explains a recent review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. “Metal nanowires are used for

numerous applications, but our understanding of their mechanical properties remains elusive,” says Nurul Akmal Che Lah, engineer at Universiti Malaysia Pahang. Lah and colleague Sonia Trigueros

at the University of Oxford reviewed methods for synthesising and analysing silver, gold and copper nanowires for molecular-based electronics. Molecular electronics uses single molecules, or nanoscale collections of molecules, to create electronic components too small to be seen with the naked eye. For example, molecular wires are one-dimensional chains of single metal atoms which conduct electric current. Molecular electronic

devices can be used for a wide range of applications from storage media to catalysts and clinical treatments. Nanomaterials have

different properties from their bulk counterparts. Coinage metals in particular, silver, gold, copper and nickel, have attracted special attention because of their unique physical properties. Recent advances in experimental techniques have allowed scientists to probe the mechanical properties of nanowires. High precision micromechanical testing devices, such as electron microscopes, scanning force microscopes and X-ray diffraction, can be used to assess crystalline structure, stress-strain relationships, atom-by- atom chemical composition, as well as electronic properties. These methods have revealed that the nanomechanical properties of nanowires are influenced by nanowire structure, surface stress and defect formation. The researchers investigated recent developments in the synthesis and analysis of metal nanowires. Hydro- solvothermal synthesis, in which metallic structures are grown within a solution, is a relatively simple and

inexpensive process. Compared with other methods that require a template or high pressures, hydro-solvothermal synthesis is best suited to industrial application as it doesn't require complex post-processing treatments. However, synthesis methods must

be improved to control the initial size, final size and morphology of the nanowires and produce high yields, whilst also being inexpensive and environmentally friendly. More work needs to be done to further optimise and improve the mechanical properties of coinage nanowires in order to harness their full potential, the researchers conclude.

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