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.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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