High-Speed Machinery Applications
The throughput of high-speed machines has increased over the years resulting in a greater number of products at reduced cost, improvements in productivity, product consistency and quality.
As machines used to produce a wide variety of products increase in speed, there has become an increasing need to use High-Speed Imaging to help in machine design, start up, and machine maintenance and troubleshooting.
A few examples of the benefits of high-speed imaging are:
Equipment Design and Development: Using high-speed imaging allows design engineers to record and measure events the human eye cannot see, significantly shortening the development cycle for new products.
Product Testing: Shock, vibration, and impact testing of a product before it ships to a customer will reduce shipping damage and warranty claims.
Equipment Set-up and Changeovers: Use high-speed imaging to shorten the set-up time for new machinery.
Production Line Speed-up: By understanding the relationship of the various interactions of a machine, engineers can increase the output of the machine which will lower unit costs.
Machine Maintenance/Troubleshooting: When a production machine goes down, so does plant productivity. By using high-speed imaging, repair technicians can quickly pin-point a problem and resolve the issue.
There are many things to consider when evaluating high-speed imaging solutions:
Sensor Light Sensitivity: Taking images inside a running machine can be difficult because of the lack of light needed to capture the motion. Sensor light sensitivity is also important when there is a need to use rigid or flexible borescopes to get into tight areas around machinery.
Speed: To capture fast moving events, a camera must be capable of recording much higher frames rates than a standard video camera. Increased framing rates allow you to “stop the action” and analyze the resulting video.
Camera size: Many of today’s high-speed cameras are large and heavy and do not allow the operator the flexibility to place the camera in a position to capture critical video of machine operation.
Lighting: Providing sufficient light to capture high speed events is always a challenge. This can be even more challenging when capturing video of machine operations. There are confined spaces and infrared interlocks that must be navigated. The use of rigid or flexible light sources attached to boroscopes is one way to overcome these obstacles. Image intensifiers and cool LED lighting is another.
Triggering: One issue designers and technicians face in troubleshooting high-speed machinery is dedicating a camera operator to wait for a fault to occur. This often is not possible or practical. Vision Research high-speed cameras offer flexible triggering solutions to avoid this issue. By using the existing fault detection circuits in high-speed machinery and sending the fault signal to the Phantom camera,un-manned camera operation is possible. Or, in-camera image analysis may be able to detect a fault and automatically trigger the camera.
Vision Research offers a wide variety of high-speed cameras that can be used in high-speed machinery and industrial applications. From the Phantom Miro family of cameras, with their small size and weight and easy to use on-board LCD touchscreen display to the Phantom v-Series family of cameras, with their unprecedented sensitivity, resolution and speed, Vision Research can offer a solution to your imaging needs.