OMRON reports that its F500 vision system has found use in medical applications requiring high resolution. Among the products requiring the 1 million to 2 million pixel resolution are scalpels and radioisotope chemotherapy beads. The former need to be clear of burrs and must be sharp. The latter need to be perfectly round. OMRON says its technology allows for higher speed image transfer rates. Other applications beyond medical for high-resolution imaging: inspection of printed circuit boards, plastic bottles for flash, bottle caps for ovality, and automotive parts such as spark plug gaps and bearing assemblies.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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