ProPhotonix Extends Hyperspectral SWIR Illumination Range

By Joel Davies -

ProPhotonix Limited, a designer and manufacturer of LED illumination systems and laser diode modules with operations in Ireland and the United Kingdom, has announced the release of its COBRA HyperSpec SWIR line light. The tunable SWIR line light is fully customizable and can be configured to a range of applications including textile recycling and quality control in the food industry.

ProPhotonix Limited is a high technology designer and manufacturer of diode-based laser modules and LED systems for OEMs and medical equipment companies. The Company serves a wide range of markets including the machine vision, industrial inspection, security, and medical markets. In addition, the Company distributes premium diodes for Ushio, Osram, QSI, Panasonic, and Sony. ProPhotonix is headquartered in New Hampshire, US and has offices and subsidiaries in Ireland, the UK, and Europe.

“By using SWIR technology, even the most challenging materials can be illuminated. Many features or defects across a number of applications which are invisible to the human eye can be detected using wavelengths in the SWIR range”, commented Simon Stanley, Director of Technology at ProPhotonix.

In textile recycling, the COBRA HyperSpec SWIR configuration can be used to differentiate between manmade materials like polyester and plant-based materials such as cotton. The company notes that recycling is a “major priority in the EU in the years ahead” and that “vision systems are well placed to address the business challenges that these requirements present”. By 2025, the EU requires that all member states separate their textile waste in an attempt to increase textile reuse and recycling.

COBRA HyperSpec
The COBRA HyperSpec SWIR LED line light. Image: ProPhotonix.

The COBRA HyperSpec SWIR LED line light is a customizable illumination platform allowing users to optimize the spectrum to maximize contrast, compensate for camera sensitivity and deliver clearer, higher resolution images for increased accuracy and speed. Precise control of the light via its GUI allows system designers to fine-tune the performance of their system. Discrete control of each wavelength allows users to select the optimum wavelength balancing and relative intensities specific to the application needs.

For high-speed image acquisition, the platform’s strobe capability can be configured to pulse all four strobe lines either simultaneously or sequentially with a combined delay and response time of less than one microsecond (1μs). In addition, COBRA HyperSpec offers field adjustable optics allowing users to select the optimum lens position for its application. COBRA HyperSpec is modular and is available in any length up to 6 metres.

Commenting on the new COBRA HyperSpec product, Simon Stanley said: ”Our launch of the SWIR COBRA HyperSpec LED Line Light gives companies more flexibility to test this new technology and better define their specification. This makes it an ideal evaluation product allowing us to partner with the customer to produce a tailored solution to meet their specification”.

The COBRA HyperSpec SWIR is the latest addition to the ProPhotonix COBRA Line Light product range.

You can find more information about the COBRA HyperSpec SWIR from ProPhotonix on the company’s website.

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