Line Modules

Line Modules_PatternsLine Modules are a specialized type of laser, designed primarily for various types of alignment applications. Machine Vision, a generic term for a broad group of applications, can utilize a variety of schemes for image detection and analysis. Lighting can influence that analysis. Utilizing lasers is a great option for structured illumination. This is useful in providing additional information about the objects through image processing. For example, one can obtain information about defects, location, dimensions, dents, punctures, and alignment.

When compared to traditional light sources, lasers provide a much higher contrast. Therefore, the background image provides the computer algorithm with a more precise reference source. As a result, many image processing systems utilize lasers for structured lighting.  Machine vision line module lasers typically shape the beam into lines, dots, and other geometric patterns (such as crosses, circles, and grids) and they can come in a wide variety of wavelengths and powers, depending on the systems requirements.   Each of these geometries has its own unique advantages. However, lines tend to be the most commonly used laser shape in modern machine vision technology.  If the laser has an offset angle from the camera, lines are the most popular because a computer can reconstruct a 3-dimensional image of the object through a process known as triangulation.

Selecting a Line Module

When specifying line modules, the designer needs to understand the required line length, line width or thickness, the distance from laser to object, and whether intensity distribution across the line needs to be uniform. One typically determines line length based on fan angle, which can be set to anywhere between 10 and 90 degrees. Calculating line length is easy once you know the fan angle and the distance from laser to object. Setting line width is as easy as adjusting the focusing optics. These can be pre-set by the manufacturer for a given object distance or controlled by the customer. You should specify if line module adjustability is an important feature .

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RHAML Series

The RHAML series of diode laser modules deliver a uniform, stable output beam that crucual for machine vision applcations, especially in 3D vision systems. The compact, RHAML series is a reliable light source that incoroporates a fucusing lens that can be easily adjusted by the user. Additionally, the RHAML series is fully IP67 compliant, making it an ideal solution for use in harsh environmental conditions and production/industrial facilities.

RML Series

The RML series of laser diode modules are available with single mode fiber outputs with a set wavelength from 405nm – 2500nm. The compact RML series is available with up to 80mW of output power in a package measuring 15mm in diameter and 40mm in length (without connector) . As an option these modules are offered with a potentiometer for power adjustment, external TTL modulation up to 1MHz and analog modulation up to 100kHz.