Building an automated vision system for a top US-based lab equipment provider to meet quality standards

e-con Systems helped a leading US-based provider of medical diagnostics and analyzer solutions integrate a next-gen vision system into their automated laboratory equipment. Our cutting-edge camera module made a simplistic and quick integration easy while enabling superior performance.
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About the client

The client is one of the top medical diagnostics and life sciences companies in the US. They provide biological materials testing, laboratory diagnostic services, and analyzers like digital radiography and practice management systems.

Key Challenges and customer's expectations

The key requirement of the client was to develop a camera system to capture and identify images based on color, as well as capture barcode readings. The system also needed to be equipped with a higher sensitivity rate and lower noise capabilities.

The biggest challenge was the positioning of the camera module in a fully enclosed equipment, with the ability to operate under different lighting conditions. Other unique client requirements were:

Small-form factor and durability

Color sensor with ∼3MP resolution for superior color reproduction (high SNR)

Easy-to-mount/replace fixed focus lens

Selection of the camera module

e-con Systems selected the e-CAM30A_CUMI0330_MOD – a 3.4 MP camera module with superior performance even at low light conditions. We monitored the optics using near-reference, real-time diagnostic software to make sure they were dust-free. It helped meet the high product quality demands and minimize production time.

Since we already had it working with Xilinx firmware – the client’s processor platform of choice, we could provide a working development kit for their engineering team to start the evaluation. Meanwhile, we customized the parameters of the camera to meet the client’s requirements - with ease of integration.

How e-con Systems™ delivered a hassle-free solution

e-con Systems helped reduce time-to-market, as the client was able to quickly validate the design and move immediately to mass-volume production.

We used a custom manufacturing test fixture with special cavities and placed the two cameras at different focus distances -with minimum tolerance for repeatable test data. We also used a specialized SFR plus chart and an X-rite color chart for accurate focusing, with the latest software suite to check sharpness and color reproduction. All the focusing, gluing, and testing were carried out in a clean room facility for dust-free optics, which guaranteed compliance with the mandatory ISO13485-certified quality management standards.

Other system highlights included:

Business benefits

  • Off-the-shelf yet customized camera solution –accelerated time-to-market for mass-volume production
  • Full compliance with quality management and regulatory standards
  • End-to-end integration support – 'blueprint to production' single point of ownership
  • Significantly reduced manual intervention in a critical lab process

Talk to us

Would you like to know more about how you can break new grounds with your vision-powered Automated Laboratory Analyzer?

Connect with our product manager, who worked on this vision-based solution, and get started!
Balaji S
balaji@e-consystems.com
Phone: +1-408-766-7503

About e-con Systems™

e-con Systems™ is a leading OEM camera manufacturer with 17+ years of experience and expertise in embedded vision. It focuses on delivering vision and camera solutions to industries such as retail, medical and industrial. The company’s wide portfolio of products includes MIPI camera modules, GMSL cameras, USB 3.1 Gen 1 cameras, stereo cameras etc.

e-con Systems™ strives to become a global leader in the embedded vision space through continuous innovation, and helping its customers accelerate product development and reduce time to market. It has built over 250+ product solutions and shipped over millions of cameras around the globe. What sets the company apart is its deep expertise in building customized product designs while ensuring rapid prototyping and custom modifications in hardware as well as software.

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