New light source may up inspection quality

Mar 19, 2007

U.S. engineers have created fiber-optic light technology designed to improve the inspection accuracy of "line-scan" cameras.

Currently, industrial processes for inspecting foodstuffs and other items often use such cameras that record images of objects one line at a time. Rapid electronic processors then detect whether there are any defects in the items. The problem results from the lack of a light source such cameras need to image objects in an optimum manner.

But scientists at Princeton Lightwave Inc. of Cranbury, N.J., and OFS Labs, the former Optical Fiber Solutions business of Lucent Technologies, have introduced a fiber-optics-based solution that allows line scan cameras to operate at higher speeds with improved accuracy.

The research will be presented in Anaheim, Calif., next week during the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: ESA investigates an alternative, environmental-friendly method of corrosion resistance

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

White House backs use of body cameras by police

1 hour ago

Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of ...

Study urges 15-year plan for low-carbon growth

1 hour ago

The world can save both financial and environmental costs by shifting toward a low-carbon economy over the next 15 years, a high-level panel said Tuesday ahead of a UN summit.

Recommended for you

The oscillator that could makeover the mechanical watch

23 hours ago

For the first time in 200 years the heart of the mechanical watch has been reinvented, thereby improving precision and autonomy while making the watch completely silent. EPFL researchers have developed an ...

User comments : 0