Structured light methods are used by many commercial products on the market today. Many such systems using white light projectors while many line gages use standard red laser diodes. However, in recent years there has been much claimed about using blue light, polarized light and partially coherent systems to obtain better performance. Unlike interferometers, moving from red to blue light for a system using only geometric shape information does not gain an automatic advantage from the shorter wavelength. The sensitivity metric does not have a wavelength component to it. But there are other factors that can improve gage performance. The ability to measure some feature is also a function of other parameters such as signal to noise ratio, reflectivity variations, and depth-of-field over which a clear pattern can be seen. This paper will explore the theoretical and experimental data relating to what works and what can be expected from variations on the old methods.
Optical zoom lens design for industrial video endoscope faces tremendous challenges in stringent compactness requirement in both diameter and rigid length dimensions, as well as harsh environmental requirements such as high working temperature. Industrial video endoscope with optical zoom capability is increasingly demanded by market yet nowadays no such product has been commercialized. Once it succeeds, it will provide huge benefits to customers in improvement of remote visual inspection work quality and productivity. A 3X continuous optical zoom lens design with short focal length is presented in this paper. It is capable to change Field of View from ultra-wide angle as 120degrees to mid-wide angle as 40degrees. Focus distance change is from infinity to as close as 5mm. The whole lens train has a maximum diameter of 3.0mm, and overall length of 8.7mm, which makes it practical to be integrated into a 6mm industrial video endoscope. Image quality in terms of contrast and resolution exceeds today’s existing commercial 6mm industrial video endoscopes. The design has also considered cost and product ruggedness requests.
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Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications VIII
14 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States