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DSEI 2017: Motec Innovation Sheds Light in the Dark

MC4000A-IR with Infrared and White Light

The laws of optics dictate that, in order for something to be seen, light has to be reflected. This applies to the human eye as well as to a camera and is, of course, no problem in daylight. But what happens in the dark or during the transition from bright daylight to environments with low light levels? Both the eye and the optical system have to adjust to the new lighting conditions in order to supply an identifiable sharp image.

Motec, a German manufacturer of heavy-duty cameras, has a long history of experience in the field of developing robust imaging systems. Their solutions are appropriate for the most diverse applications in the mobile sector and feature quality products “Made in Germany.”

The MC4000A-IR is a camera system featuring a modular design, allowing for the adaptation of individual performance parameters to the exact requirements of customers. This new development enables operators to generate an “intelligent gamma correction” for any video image through the application of customised software, without the need for external visible or IR light sources.

This allows the image signal to be adapted to the specific lighting conditions existing in the operational scenario, working effectively and efficiently for a stationary installation on industrial machinery or for use on mobile machines or even vehicles of any type. The system meets the rigorous standards demanded for both military and industrial applications.

A specific feature of the heavy-duty MC4000A is the scratch-resistant glass, achieved by application of a special coating. Tests including the so-called “blowing sand test” (MIL-STD-810G) have been successfully conducted, revealing full compatibility.

In addition to lighting corresponding to the daylight spectrum, Motec offers the camera with an IR light source with a wavelength of 940nm, meaning the MC4000A-IR is able to track targets at night with a high electro-magnetic compatibility (EMV) The camera also has a robust aluminium housing, a feature typical of the cameras made by Motec for many years. Whereas other camera systems use visible IR light in the 850nm range, the Motec camera works with integrated LEDs in the invisible infrared range, thus making the LEDs invisible in the dark, even from a distance of as little as one metre.

The camera is not only resistant to corrosion and salt spray in line with DIN 60068, it is also able to withstand extreme solar irradiation (it is UV-resistant in accordance with DIN 75220)and is resistant to acids and chemicals as well as being insensitive to the effects of high-pressure cleaners. A special window heater ensures a clear view and will melt ice up to a thickness of 3 millimetres.

The development of the MC4000A-IR(-WL) meets the highest military and industrial standards; mechanical and electrical construction withstands the highest loads with respect to shock, vibration, dust and moisture.

The camera is shock-resistant up to 100g and vibration-resistant up to 10g, in line with the requirements of DIN EN 60068. In the standard version, the image sensor works with a VGA resolution, while the infrared range allows viewing angles from 40°-90°. For daylight or white light conditions, optional viewing angles of 20°-115° can be provided for.

www.monch.com brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #9/2017, available at the show on the Mönch stand S2-165; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.

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