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Pre - Christmas News 

We would like to thank you all for an incredible year, we couldn’t have done it without you! Please read on to see how we can help you and your 2019! Please don't hesitate to contact for more information!

We are proud to announce the introduction of two brand new lenses from RICOH extending their innovative line up of lenses one step further! Now with two new FA lenses adopting 12 and 16mm focal lengths for 5 Megapixel cameras which complement their three current 2/3” 5 Megapixel lens range, therefore ensuring a versatile range to suit all of our customers needs and exceed expectation!

“The new models use JIIA (Japan Industrial Imaging Association) lens standards and satisfy S-Rank*(Best Performance Class) criteria. This allows the lenses to take high resolution, high contrast, sharp images over the entire sensor. The lenses provide a high resolution image right up to the periphery and have low distortion, making them ideal for visually inspecting high density printed circuit boards, confirming hairline cracks and other surface defects on sheet metals, checking for missing pixels on LCD monitors, inspecting multiple aspects simultaneously such as the shape, colour and surface of food and pharmaceuticals for errors and in making detailed inspections of a wide range of objects. These lenses can also be used as visual sensors in any machine's vision system making them perfect for robot vision applications.”

Highlighting CoaXPress: BitFlow's single link CXP frame grabber, The Aon-CXP
CoaXPress (CXP) is a simple, yet powerful, standard for moving high speed serial data from a camera to a frame grabber. Data is captured at speeds of up to 6.25 Gigabits/Second (Gb/S). Simultaneously, control commands and triggers can be sent to the camera 20 Mb/S (with a trigger accuracy of +/- 2 nanoseconds). Up to 13W of power can also supplied to the camera. All this happens over a single piece of industry standard 75 Ohm coaxial cable.

BitFlow's latest offering, the Aon-CXP is low cost, single link CoaXPress frame grabber. It supports one single link CXP camera speeds up to 6.25 Gb/S and has been designed for the low cost/high performance market. The Aon-CXP has a Gen 2.0 x2 PCI Express bus interface. The Gen 2.0 PCIe bus doubles the data rate of the Gen 1.0 bus while using the same footprint and connectors. The board will work in any Gen 2.0 slot, with a minimum electrical configuration of x2. This ensures the board will run at full capacity. The Aon-CXP compliments the Cyton CXP family for market ready cameras with 1 to 4 links while utilizing the same BitFlow cross interface SDK.


The Imaging Source continue to impress us with their incredible innovations and outstanding quality. With the release of 16 BRAND NEW industrial and board-level cameras added to the USB 3.1 (gen. 1) family, The Imaging Source are highly likely to be the solution for your vision needs! The cameras are available in monochrome and colour variants, featuring Sony’s latest Pregius global-shutter CMOS sensor in 5MP and 3.1MP. Whether you need a camera that can deliver up to 119 fps or a cost-efficient option with the capabilities of reaching 38 fps, The Imaging Source have the solution for you. The outstanding colour and image quality really help these sensors to stand out from the rest, ensuring the suitability for a range of machine vision applications.


Even though digital machine vision cameras continue to grow in popularity, there are still an enormous number of analog video cameras in existing video systems. By using a video-to-USB2 converter from The Imaging Source, analog video sources become viable in a digital environment. The DFG/USB2pro converts analog video signals (PAL, NTSC, CCIR, EIA) into uncompressed image data streams, and also allows control of certain aspects of both colour and monochrome video signals. The DFG/USB2aud additionally converts analog audio signals. Please feel free to contact us today for more information!

Thank you for an incredible year and we wish you all a very happy holidays!

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