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to 100fps, where the sensor is stabilised with a thermo- electric cooling element built in the image sensor package. The camera is relevant for various applications in machine and night vision, as well as hyperspectral imaging.

Tihive is an industrial IoT vision systems provider based in Grenoble, France. The company develops terahertz machine vision systems for industrial applications that allow manufacturers to see product features that other wavelengths cannot reveal. Founded in 2017, Tihive

recently secured €8m in funding from the European

Commission, through its EIC pilot accelerator programme. The company will use the funds to develop the deep learning and acquisition speed capabilities necessary to deploy its vision system in production lines. Tihive has narrowed

down its focus to nappy and sanitary pad production. Here, the company hopes to deliver significant quality improvements and materials savings, by integrating contaminant detection and assembly monitoring into a single plug-and-play system. The firm plans to add ten scientists, engineers and executives to its team by the end of 2020, bringing the total employee count to 25.

Active Silicon is expanding its autofocus-zoom camera range and Harrier series with new modules over the coming months, in line with its predicted development plans

despite challenging market conditions through 2020. Alongside its 3G-SDI/HD- SDI and USB/HDMI rolling shutter cameras, the firm now has global shutter variations, adding more precision and flexibility to high-speed image processing. With all the benefits of the Tamron MP2030M-GS module, these are supported by its Harrier technology and support high- definition, real-time video transmission, even over long cable lengths and multiple slip rings.

Other new camera solutions

that Active Silicon will release in autumn 2020 include: a low-cost, compact autofocus- zoom block camera for price- sensitive projects requiring high-quality imaging; a 4K camera for high-resolution applications; and an IP Harrier interface board (H.264), combined with several autofocus-zoom block camera options. The company’s embedded

systems and frame grabbers continue to provide robust and flexible options for medical imaging, manufacturing and defence applications.

On Edmund Optics’ plans for 2021, product marketing manager, Daniel Adams, said: ‘The industry trend towards larger sensor formats is likely to continue, as high- tech industrial applications demand higher resolutions. Edmund Optics will continue to develop and expand its extensive imaging lens portfolio over the next 12 months to meet the needs of the market. ‘After successfully

integrating liquid lenses into smaller format fixed focal lenses (Cx series), telecentric lenses (MercuryTL), and micro video lenses (Liquid Lens M12), Edmund Optics will be providing a liquid lens | @imveurope

solution for 1.1-inch sensors. These high-resolution, large- format, fixed-focal-length lenses are designed from scratch around the Optotune liquid lens, and can be focused in a few milliseconds over a wide working distance range with no mechanical adjustment. ‘As new machine vision

applications with challenging environments continue to emerge, the need for rugged imaging is also likely to increase. The established rugged imaging line at Edmund Optics will expand to meet these needs with some exciting products planned for 2021.’

TPL Vision’s custom-built manufacturing plant near Nantes, France, comes on- line in late 2020, bringing expansion in manufacturing capacity and capability, combined with ISO 9001 certification. The company will also introduce high-speed and ultra-high-brightness illumination solutions. TPL Vision provides modular

lighting solutions, including the Modular Ringlight and the Modular E-Bar.

Laser Components has seen an increase in demand for medical research using dot, line and more often diffractive optical elements, pattern generators such as a simple red or green crosshair laser module, or more complicated infrared pseudo random pattern generators to create 3D models with vision systems. The 3D models can be used to provide detailed analysis of growths and tumours. Crosshair or line lasers

can be used as an aid for orthopaedic research and have been used for positioning patients for radiation therapy. In 2021 the company will

look to increase its sales in medical and medical research industries.

NKT Photonics plans to continue to roll out its SuperK Evo broadband light source for industrial use. The light sources cover the entire visible and SWIR (500 to 2,400nm) spectrum at the moment. Later this year, the firm will launch next-generation models with an even broader wavelength range, offering high spatial brightness in a single-mode light source that covers 390 to 2,400nm. The light source is rugged, with an all-fibre architecture that gives stable 24/7 operation and maintenance- free lifetime of thousands of hours. Its compact design makes it easy to integrate into a production line. Several customers are using NKT’s lasers for hyperspectral imaging and material sorting.


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