An accepted fact regarding vision applications is that proper lighting is a major consideration. Whether the requirement is data acquisition, product inspection or measurement, the correct lighting configuration is critical to success.
CCS, a Solutions Partner with GlobalAutoID, is a world leader in state-of-the-art lighting solutions. In 2018, their impressive portfolio became even more so with the acquisition of EFFILUX. EFFILUX is a company based in France that was founded in 2009 by experts in lighting, optics and photonics solutions for the machine vision industry.
EFFILUX products are known for their flexibility and ease-of-use. They are well-suited to a variety of machine vision illumination applications in robotics, logistics, biomedical, food & beverage, automotive, 3D, pharmaceutical, packaging, cosmetics, and many others.
EFFLIUX series lights are available in all sizes, from small precision to large area flood lights. They cover all wavelength ranges from UV to SWIR, including options for hyperspectral and multispectral. These lights are suitable for all camera types and can be supplied with protection ratings up to IP69K. Both standard and build-to-order products are available for rapid delivery.
EFFILUX has a strong R&D team and has delivered many innovative solutions to the industry. They also specialize in custom products for OEM customers with dedicated functionality. EFFILUX products are sold worldwide with a dedicated support team in the US to support applications in North America.
The EFFILUX family of solutions includes LED bar lights, LED ring lights, 3D pattern projectors, Short Wave Infrared LED lights, and LED Lighting for Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging
EFFI-FLEX LED bar lights offer flexible bright and dark field illumination depending on the number of lights used and the installation position and angle with respect to the workpiece in order to get the optimal image. They are field configurable for beam width and level of diffusion, with attachable polarizer, line scan filter and cylindrical lens rounding out the options. Available in single and dual row, 4 quadrant, mini, backlight, IP67, and even IP69K for full wash down.
Applications for EFFI-FLEX LED bar lights include:
Most machine vision applications with large field of view.
EFFI-RING Ring lights are commonly used to produce darkfield, diffused or directional lighting to illuminate objects in a uniform way. Shadows can be significantly reduced by placing it almost parallel to the camera.
EFFILUX 3D pattern projector is a LED-based structured pattern projector. It offers similar qualities as laser sources in terms of accuracy, power and homogeneity, yet eliminates the disadvantages of laser sources, such as pattern speckle and sharpness, eye safety, lifetime issues. This 3D pattern projector is ideal for 3D reconstruction, stereovision and alignment applications thanks to the powerful and accurate patterns such as : line, cross, cloud of dots, etc.
Advantages over laser-based solutions includes:
High accuracy without speckle
Compatible with C-Mount lenses
Various choices of standard masks
Homogeneity > 80 %
Applications for EFFILUX 3D pattern projectors include:
Short Wave InfraRed LED lights use the spectral band typically defined between 1 and 2.5 μm. On the boundary between visible and thermal imaging, this spectral range has unique properties.
Its proximity to the visible range gives it all its imaging qualities in terms of contrast and resolution, and at the same time its infrared spectrum allows it to reveal phenomena and elements invisible to human eye, including:
Control in transmission of opaque materials (plastics, silicon, etc.)
Reveal elements like water, liquid, collagen, etc.
See through smoke, fog and dust, day and night.
Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging technology in machine vision that integrates conventional imaging with spectroscopy. An enormous range of new applications for image processing in the visible-NIR region of the spectrum are now possible using this technique.
The HSI range, developed in close collaboration with hyperspectral camera manufacturers, offers spectra that are suitable for multispectral and hyperspectral applications, from 400nm to 1700nm, such as:
Identify chemical compositions in the food industry
Detect foreign contaminants or materials
Optical sorting of waste, plastics
Metrology and calibration of sensors
Those are just examples of the solutions that EFFILUX has to offer. Combine them with the extensive CCS product family, as well as our Solutions Partner Gardasoft’s products for advanced lighting control, and you can satisfy every requirement to assure a successful machine vision installation.
For more detailed information and to discuss your specific requirements and challenges, contact GlobalAutoID.
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