compact Imaging Module


functional principle - Machine Vision Microscope

The Opto IM-compact M is characterised by the 90° angled all-aluminium housing with a width of only 40mm. 

They can be equipped with different optics and camera technology and thus function as:

- USB/GigE reflected-light microscopes for opaque samples

- quality assurance vision sensors with coaxial and ring light illumination

- inverted digital microscopes with minimal height thanks to the angled design

- Plug & Play machine vision microscopes for demanding imaging tasks

IM•compact M as an adjustment tool

The ultra-compact design enables the arrangement in inverse mode. This allows lengths to be measured or object alignments to be carried out with great precision over long distances.

This "split-field" approach reduces long inspection times many times over. The specimens do not have to be moved in X-Y and two locally distant objects can thus be aligned and measured simultaneously.

Picture: Imaging Modules of the IC10-05 series (copy number and find data sheet IM·Productfinder )

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IM•compact M​ for any installation position

IM-compact M with foldable table stand.

Due to its compact design, the IM-compact M digital microscope can be used: 

- upright

- rotated 90° or also 

- inverted. 

For flexible machine integration, there are several mounting threads on this all-aluminium housing. Likewise, focus rods and tripods are optionally available.

Picture: Imaging modules of the IC10-05 series (copy number and find data sheet in IM·Productfinder )

IM•compact M as a digital microscope for metallography or biology

The new IM-compact M is a digital Machine Vision Microscope (MVM) - camera, optics and illumination, all in one sensor.

These modules offer the user excellent ease of use. They can be easily and quickly integrated into many measurement set-ups, analytical instruments or life science systems.

The clear plus points here are

- pre-calibrated sensors with micrometer resolution

- Apo-corrected SLWD microscope optics in a compact aluminium housing

- sample-optimised illumination selection of the integrated coaxial and ring light illumination

- Standard interfaces (USB 3.1or GigE) with 5MP camera (IMX sensors)

- free software package for sensor control, image acquisition and simple

  measurement and documentation tasks.

Picture: Imaging modules of the IC10-05 series (copy number and find data sheet in IM·Productfinder )

IM•compact M​ as a control and measuring tool in production

IM-compact M as a documentation tool and discussion platform for quality assurance in manufacturing.

Here, evaluating the cutting edges of a milling tool. The robust aluminium housing is ideally suited for use in harsh environments.

Due to its compact design, the IM•compact M digital microscope can be quickly set up at a wide variety of workplaces. With the available transport case, a completely mobile inspection setup is ready for use at any time.

Picture: Imaging module of the IC10-05 series (Copy number and find data sheet in  IM·Productfinder )

IM•compact M​ as an IoT sensor next to every milling and turning machine

mobile Workstation

The Machine Vision Microscope (MVM) is a compact plug & play imaging module for the following applications: 

- Hardness testing

- Bond inspection, SMD inspection

- Solar panel analysis

- Measurement and documentation tasks

- Surface analysis

- Rheology and measurement of crystal structures

- Automation of laboratory tasks

- etc.

IM•compact M​ as a miniaturised microscope replacement

Compared to a standard microscope, the difference in size becomes clear. 

When displayed on a monitor, i.e. a camera image, there is no difference in quality. 

Machine Vision Microscope (MVM) may only have a fixed magnification, but its fixed optical parameters guarantee a much higher reproduction of the image quality and repeatability of its measurements.

Moreover, two imaging modules are readily available for the budget of a large standard microscope - these in turn are optimised for their respective inspection task.

Picture: Imaging modules of the IC10-05 series (copy number and find data sheet in IM·Productfinder )

IM•compact M

Darkfield | ringlight LED Darkfield | ringlight LED
brightfield | coaxial LED brightfield | coaxial LED

A coaxial incident light illumination and a diffuse ring light have been built into this imaging module from the MVM series.

The fast switching of the illumination variants enables additional contrast options.

Move the red slider with the mouse and see the difference between the two illumination variants.

Picture: Imaging modules of the IC10-05 series (copy number and find data sheet in  IM·ProductFinder )

Cost reduction

The aim of the IM development was to reduce the necessary components such as camera, tube, lens, coaxial and ring light as well as the corresponding LED controllers from 7 to 1. The cable connections were also kept to a minimum.

The result is impressive: The handling of 6 components in the warehouse management as well as the supplier support is eliminated. This should make every buyer's heart beat faster - not to forget the OptoViewer, which is included free of charge.

Picture: Imaging Module IC10-05O33CU3101  (copy number and find data sheet in  IM·ProductFinder )

IM-compact M in mobile use

It is easy to perform high end microscopy on the move. The Opto Imaging Modules are robust digital microscopes and with the optional tripods and carrying case you can immediately set up an 'off-site' lab.

With a laptop, everything is set up in 2 minutes and a live image is available for documentation and storage.

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