October 8, 2008 Baumer’s new line of GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) cameras receive power via a Cat6 Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for a separate power cord. The cameras provide machine vision for product lines and robotic applications- a process greatly simplified by the reduction of cables. The Cat6 Ethernet cables use a specially designed industrial power injector module or Ethernet switch to transmit power to the cameras at distances of up to 100 m.

Baumer TX Series cameras weigh 90 g, and lie in 34 x 34 x 48 mm housings. Power over Ethernet functionality adds just 10 mm to the housing, due to an additional printed circuit board. The cameras have high-speed multi-camera operation, feature frame rates of up to 90 fps with resolutions from VGA to 5 mp, can change image formats “on the fly” and offer low readout noise and minimal heat generation. Standard functions include gain, offset, and exposure time settings as well as binning and true partial scan (ROI) readout modes for improved sensitivity in low light applications, or increased frame rates.

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Machine vision systems are used in manufacturing to provide constant scrutiny of assembly lines.