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Mechanical Engineering 2017-09-26T17:07:30+00:00

Cameras for Electronical and Mechanical Industries


Cameras and optical sensors have long been an essential part of control systems in mechanical engineering. In general, two different fields of applications are distinguished: video surveillance and industrial image processing. In both types of application it is common to use cameras to confer at least some of the abilities of human sight on machines.

Video Surveillance vs. Industrial Image Processing

However, whereas in the case of video surveillance, the images taken are displayed via monitors to a human observer who then has to make decisions, industrial image processing goes one step further. In this case, the machines make decisions autonomously and automatically by means of a decision-making process – there is no need for monitoring by human personnel.

Man and machine both need perfect footage to make these decisions, however. The right decisions can only be made with excellent images: that is, high-resolution and optimally exposed images.

Whether for cleaning robots, painting robots, or galvanisation plants – there are many different possible uses and fields of applications for video cameras. Due to the wide range of cameras and accessories, as well as the special shape and different mounting methods of the camera body, SAMCON cameras can be attached to almost any machine. In addition, SAMCON cameras are distinguished by their impact resistance, and are waterproof and chemical and temperature resistant.

Example of possible use: camera for a cleaning robot

The picture shows a highly dynamic, hydraulically controllable spray cannon. The camera, headlamp, and spray lance can be moved along two different axes, which means that each part of a tank can be cleaned from inside unmanned. The camera and headlamp serve as the “eyes” of the cleaning robot and the operator.

The ExCam series – Video sensors for hazardous areas

  • The ExCam series is exceptionally well suited for all video surveillance and industrial image processing applications in hazardous areas and explosion risk zones.
  • The ExCam series is lightweight, which means it can be mounted on highly dynamic systems such as cleaning or painting robots.
  • Its minimum sensitivity of 0.0004 lux makes the ExCam niteZoom so sensitive that it does not need powerful lighting technology. This means that, in combination with a 50 watt headlamp, the ExCam niteZoom can replace comparable systems with 400 watt xenon lights. For more information, watch this demo video.

Extremely simple machine integration using standard interfaces

  • With the ExCam series, machines can “see” in hazardous areas. Thanks to the convenient “single cable solution”, the installation costs are minimal. The wide input voltage range of 12-24VDC means the cameras can easily be connected to machines. The CVBS signal can be directly connected to a picture input device.
  • The ExCam miniZoom and ExCam niteZoom cameras can be controlled directly from a machine using the VISCA protocol via the RS232 standard interface.
  • SAMCON video servers and the Connection Rail series not only digitalise the video stream, but also transmit control commands to the camera! This means that there is no need for joysticks or additional control hardware: the cameras are incorporated directly into the machine controls.