Line Generators for Machine Vision Offer Improved Performance

Coherent Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced a new range of diode-laser based line generators which deliver enhanced flexibility, unique output optimization capabilities, and extended lifetimes. This series of new line generators, called the StingRay, will enable the construction of faster and more accurate machine vision systems that utilize 3D triangulation. The   StingRay series mates a diode laser with high performance electronics and precision, refractive optics for collimation and line generation covering the widest available range of fan angles. They also incorporate optional diffractive elements for creating complex output patterns.  StingRay models are available with output powers as high as 200 mW and at key wavelengths throughout the 450 nm to 1550 nm spectral range, including the popular 450 nm, 520 nm, 635 nm, and 660 nm lines.

StingRay lasers are the first to feature an industry leading, line intensity non-uniformity down to ±5% in a standard product. This high uniformity reduces the need for image post-processing, and translates directly into increased measurement speed and dimensional accuracy. StingRay lasers are also unique in offering external user focusable optics, which allow the laser line to be precisely optimized for the exact distance over which it is projected.  Additionally, the StingRay’s optomechanical design permits “dynamic line balancing,” enabling simple correction of any intensity bias in configurations where the laser must be used at off axis illumination angles. To further enhance usability, Stingray lasers also include an internal “health monitor” that indicates when a diode module is approaching end of life, thus allowing for planned replacement, and avoiding production downtime due to an unexpected failure.

The Ultimate On Wall Cabling Solutions

Do you hate all of the cables that having computer equipment in your office unfortunately entails? Maybe you have moved in to an office and never really got around to tidying everything up and all of your cables are still in a mess several months later. Or it might be that you are thinking about moving offices soon.

If any of the above applies to you then maybe it is time that you spoke to the Lamp Post Electrical Supplies Company about your cable management. They are an electrical wholesaler with over 16 years experience in this area, so if you are fed up of cables being all over the floor, or rammed in behind desks then maybe you should look at what cable solutions are available to help sort out the mess you are in.

Installing Dado Trunking is one of the easiest ways to go about tidying up your power, telephone and computer cables. Modern Dado Trunking systems cater for all three. Lamp Post Electrical Supplies have experts in this field who will be able to help you establish not just how much Dado Trunking you need but also how many outlet boxes, corner pieces and connecting pieces you will need to install it correctly.

Dado Trunking is also the ideal solution should you have a room that you wish to use as an office that has solid walls, which would otherwise make the addition of power sockets and computer cabling very expensive if the walls need channelling and replastering. Lamp Post Electrical supply the tried and trusted ‘Starline’ Dado Trunking, which can be easily surface mounted to any such solid wall, and can be used to provide power, phone and PC connections wherever you need them to be. The Dado Trunking is plastic and the outlet sockets can thus be easily inserted into it wherever you need them to be. It is the cheapest solution for cabling problems if you have solid walls.

Lamp Post Electrical Supplies supply and recommend Starline Dado Trunking for both its high quality finish, cost and ease of installation.

If your cables are in a mess then Lamp Post Electrical Supplies trunking experts will be able to advise on how it can be used to safely provide power outlets, telephone points and RJ45 connections for PC’s and leave no cables in sight other than those going to the sockets. Dado trunking really does make for a safer working environment, enabling you to immediately shut the power down in the event of a problem. No more fumbling under a desk frantically trying to find which plug to pull out to cut the power to the shredder off as an example.

Lastly just remember that badly managed cables are the source of nothing but problems with it being a nightmare to find out which power cable leads to which PC and which telephone socket connects to which phone. So speak to Lamp Post Electrical Suppliestrunking specialists today to see how their innovative Dado Trunking solutions can help you sort out your cabling problems.

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The TL3253 Series Tact Switch Offers Dual Stacked Led Illumination In A Right Angle Design

E-Switch announces the brand new TL3253 series dual stacked LED illuminated tact switch.  This tact switch is a right angle switch that offers LED colors in blue, red, green and yellow, or white. You have multiple cap options to choose from, as well.

This tactile switch offers a long life at 500,000 cycles.

Applications and markets that could readily use this illuminated tact switch include the audio/visual market, computer peripherals, consumer electronics, instrumentation, telecommunications, and medical equipment, among others.

Specifications include:

  • Life Expectancy:  500,000 cycles
  • Contact Rating: 50mA @ 12V DC
  • Contact Resistance: 100m O Max
  • Insulation Resistance: 100 M O min at 100V DC
  • Dielectric Strength: 250V AC for 1 min.
  • Operating Temperature: -20°C to 70°C
  • Operating Force:   160gf ± 50gf
  • Travel: 0.25mm +0.2/-1.0mm
  • Contact Arrangement: SPST, normally open

Detailed specifications of the TL3253 series illuminated tact switch

TL3253 series catalog datasheet

Visit E-Switch at to request your full-line catalog! You can also request a sample of one of over 4,000 discrete part numbers for one of your projects!

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RichTech Systems’ Transparent LCD Showcases Can Increase Sales

The transparent LCD showcase technology is an emerging trend for companies to display a wide range of products. These showcases use an entirely see-through LCD so that information, video, audio, text and company logos can all be displayed while the customer can still see the goods on display behind it. The screen also has touch screen functionality so that viewers can learn more about what is being displayed, find out about all of the different options and even order it all with the touch of a finger.

One particularly good use for the transparent LCD showcase is for jewelry display. Stores can use them in the shop window to help draw shoppers’ attention to the store and the jewelry products that are available for sale. These unique showcases can also be used on countertops to help to draw shoppers inside. The cutting edge technology can help to increase foot traffic, promote the brand, increase awareness of the store and even increase sales.

This technology is particularly good for displaying jewelry but also has a huge range of other settings that can be used. Transparent LCDs are also extremely effective in boardrooms, airports, tradeshows, conferences, museums, science centers, art galleries and any number of retail locations. This technology is perfectly suited to both retail and educational settings to provide information, sound, video and pictures to viewers.

The transparent LCD is available in a huge range of sizes from 10” for smaller uses to 60” for larger locations. Currently, the most popular sizes being sold are the 12” and the 22” showcases. These technologies are available for purchase at extremely reasonable price points, allowing even smaller retail locations to take advantage of all they have to offer. For instance, the 12” transparent LCD currently has a retail price of only $349.

These LCD solutions are also extremely easy to use. It features compatibility with a variety of video, audio and graphic formats and is set up for users to literally plug and play. Users can use CF, SD and USB card storage to set up the text, images and video to be displayed on the see- through LCD screen.

This engaging technology is sure to be seen in an ever increasing variety of settings as people become more aware of the possibilities that it has to offer. Visit the RichTech Systems Ltd. website at to see photos and videos of this technology in action.

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