InterTest®, Inc. Announces The First iShot® Full HD PTZ Camera – Introducing the iShot® PTZ-550A HD Pan, Tilt and Zoom Camera System

The iShot® PTZ-550A HD Camera System is InterTest’s first Full HD 1080p Pan, Tilt and Zoom camera.  The video output of the system is a component video signal (YPbPr) the camera head can be submerged in up to 100 feet of water.

The iShot® PTZ-550A HD camera system uses Sony’s FCB-EV7500 HD camera module which has a 30x optical zoom lens and over three million pixels. The Full HD PTZ camera is equipped with a full suite of automatic and manual settings for exposure values, Day/Night mode, zoom, focus, auto focus, and image stabilization which are accessible from the onscreen menu as well as specific buttons built onto the controller for quick changes.

The system can fit through 5.5 inches openings and is 7.2lbs (Camera Head) The Full HD PTZ 550A HD camera head has the ability to Pan continuously 360 degrees, as well as Tilt 245 Degrees.  The Full HD PTZ head of the camera is outfitted with two 35 Watt Halogen Lamps, one with a spot reflector the other with a flood reflector.  Each light is independently controlled, allowing the user to manually adjust lighting to dynamic environments.

The system includes the PTZ-550A HD Camera Head Assembly with integrated Sony FCB-EH7500, a Control Box for manipulation of the mechanical motions, the lighting system, and the advanced controls of the Full HD PTZ camera module itself. Also included is a 100 ft. Kevlar, Reinforced Polyurethane Cable with deployment reel.

The PTZ-550A HD is easily implemented onto pre-existing mounting mechanism and was designed with being easily retrofitted to pre-existing inspection stations.

Applications

Common applications for the PTZ-550A HD include Nuclear Fuel Bundle/Serial Number Verification, Reactor Vessel, Large Pipe Inspections, Monitoring of Contaminated Rooms and Hot Cells, Steam Generator Bowl and Secondary Side Inspection, and Tanks and Vessels. Some other non-nuclear applications include Weld Inspections, Corrosion Evaluation, Fuel tank inspection and any kind of application where human access is either dangerous or impossible.

The LIBERTY USB 3.0 Interface Board – Designed for Use with Sony FCB-EV and EH Block Cameras

The LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board extends the range of cameras that can be integrated into products with applications and markets including Video Conferencing, Inspection Systems, UAVs, Robotics, Low Vision and Machine Vision. Click Here to view the full product page and specifications.

usb-3-interface-board-libertyThe LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps over USB3.0 and also includes push button inputs, PWM output for external LED light control and an efficient, selectable power supply for the attached camera. Also provided is a unique, free Software Development Kit for use with the LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board, the SDK includes an easy to use application programming interface API and the source code for the OneView viewer program.  Despite its relatively small size, LIBERTY USB 3.0 interface board can efficiently stream full HD video without compromise directly into a PC and is fully compatible with VREO’s viewer application OneView as well as other UVC programs. LIBERTY is very compact with dimensions of 37mm x 37mm x 12mm, this makes it the smallest solution of its kind.

 

usb-3-interface-board-for-sony-blocksusb-3-interface-board-for-sony-eh-and-ev-camerasUSB 3.0 board and Micro Coax Cable Kit for Sony  block cameras is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps and includes a push button inputs for camera zoom control, PWM output for external LED light control, and an efficient selectable power supply for the attached camera. Compatible with Sony FCB-EV7500, FCB-EV7520, FCB-EV7300, FCB-EV7320, FCB-EV7310,  FCB-EV7100,  FCB-EV5500,  FCB-EV5300,  FCB-EV6500,  FCB-EV6300,  FCB-EV3410,  FCB-EV3310, and FCB-EV3150.

LIBERTY extends the range of cameras that can be integrated into your USB 3.0 products. This board provides a USB3.0 interface for the well established SONY FCB block cameras providing a cost effective way to bring USB 3.0 into your product lines, reducing time to market and development costs. LIBERTY is a very compact and efficient solution allowing a one cable interface to a PC and comes with free bespoke application called OneView which will help you evaluate the board and camera for your application.  LIBERTY is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps over USB 3.0 and includes a push button inputs for camera zoom control, PWM output for external LED light control, and an efficient selectable power supply for the attached camera. As well as being powered completely over the USB bus, Liberty allows the user to command the camera using free bespoke program OneView.

LIBERTY communicates with the SONY Block cameras with a micro coaxial cable connected to the back of the board while also providing the power for the camera over the same connection, making auxiliary power cables optional.   The board also features a dip switch selectable power output for cameras which use a different voltage making a future camera upgrade or repair faster and much cheaper.

LIBERTY has a small form factor of only 37mm x 37mm x 12mm making it the smallest solution of its kind!  Even though the board is tiny, LIBERTY efficiently streams Full HD video without compromise directly into a PC and is fully compatible with free bespoke program OneView as well as other UVC programs.  LIBERTY is a perfect choice for both, brand new systems being designed for future use, and older systems that are getting updated and upgraded.

Introducing the Visible Welding® WeldWatch®.EDU Weld Camera Demonstration and Tutoring Station – Perfect Welding Techniques with Video Record and Play Back

InterTest® Inc. introduces the Visible Welding® WeldWatch®.EDU Weld Camera Demonstration and Tutoring Station: a 1-on-1 and group welding instructional tool using a state-of-the-art camera system and software. It can be difficult to teach welding techniques because of the nature of the welding process: the intense and bright arc, the base metal’s position and the students’ blocked line of sight may hinder efficient and effective learning. The WeldWatch.EDU demo and tutoring station helps overcome these obstacles by showing the weld clearly, safely and conveniently on a monitor for 1-on-1 and group welding instruction.

Learning welding technique requires students to witness live demonstrations, but more importantly, to weld metal themselves and receive critique on their practice welds. The WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera demo and tutoring station lets the students to see the instructor’s techniques up on a large classroom display. Mark Prosser of Full-Bore Publishing says “being able to make a tiny little weld puddle become the size of a basketball on the big screen is an amazing teaching tool.” After a clear demonstration, students are free to practice these techniques on their own, in their booths or at the WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera tutoring station.

During the student’s weld, the instructor can watch the image on-screen and offer real-time coaching, for example, “slow down” or “your arc is getting long”.

The  demo and tutoring station provides a unique student-teacher interaction in the classroom. During the student’s weld, the instructor can watch the image on-screen and offer real-time coaching (e.g. “slow down” or “your arc is getting long”). After the weld, the instructor and student review the video and data together.  The instructor can point out both good technique and those that need practice. After a short session, the student goes back to practice welds with a direction and a purpose.  “There is no replacement for hood time when developing welding skills,” Mark Prosser goes on to say, “but technology has made the learning process faster, easier [and more efficient.] This Visible Welding weld camera is evidence of that. We have seen the difference in our Full-Bore Live welding seminars. Students from all ages and walks of life love the camera.”

Instructor Testimonial Video

Visit our YouTube Channel for a demonstration of the WeldWatch Camera System

How is the WeldWatch.EDU Weld Camera demo and tutoring station able to capture such useful and clear images of the bright arc weld? It uses the Visible Welding WeldWatch® Ultra Dynamic Range Zoom Camera System for live viewing of various arc welding processes. A welding arc can be a million times brighter than the base and filler metals. The camera’s 140 dB ultra-dynamic range (UDR) of over 10,000,000 : 1 combined with software digital signal processing creates an evenly lit image that clearly shows the torch tip and surrounding metal.

The WeldWatch.EDU Tutoring includes the VAmpWatch™ volt and current sensor. The VAmpWatch is fully integrated within the Visible Welding WeldWatch software. This measures the volts and amps 1000 times per second and sends the data to a graph on the Visible Welding WeldWatch software. Volt and amp data plays back synchronized with the recorded video on the screen of the included Microsoft Surface™ Pro 4 tablet or on an optional big-screen monitor.

The above photo is an example of a typical WeldWatchEDU Demo and Tutoring Station set up with a 48″ monitor upgrade for group demonstration sessions.

 

The Visible Welding WeldWatch.EDU demo and tutoring station provides distinct and unique educational value in the classroom by aiding the instructor in teaching the process and technique of arc welding. The recorded video of students welding provides an opportunity for the instructor to coach and critique their techniques. Clear examples of “bad” vs. “good” welds may be demonstrated. On-screen volt and amp graphs give clear feedback on the effects of arc gap on power and the final weld. “As they say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’,” Mark Prosser sums up, “When it comes to welding training, this camera is worth a whole novel.”

The Visible Welding® WeldWatch.EDU® Demo and Tutoring Station includes the Visible Welding® WeldWatch® Zoom Camera with mounting hardware, Visible Welding® WeldWatch® software preloaded on an industrialized Microsoft Surface™ Pro 4 tablet with mounting hardware, auxiliary lighting, and Visible Welding® WeldWatch® VAmpWatch™ Volt and Current Sensor.

Keeping Pace in Inspection Technology – Weld Cameras

Our exciting new WeldWatch® Weld Cameras System was featured in the November Issue of the Welding Journal. The article explores the advancement of visual aids and technology when monitoring or inspecting the quality of a weld. InterTest is proud to be one of the leaders in providing state of the art technology for visual inspection and monitoring of MIG, TIG, GTAW and Laser welds.  Article by William Habermann, Technical Product Coordinator. Visit our website for more information about our weld cameras.

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iShot® iGrab™ Manual FOSAR Snare Retrieval Tool – Available in 1.4mm and 4mm OD

Recover objects from inaccessible areas with the iShot® iGrab™ 1.4mm or 4mm OD FOSAR Snare retrieval tool. Operating standalone or mounted to a video probe, these stainless steel instruments bend through twisting passages to retrieve foreign objects.fosar-snare-retrieval-tool

Shown Above: FOSAR Snare Retrieval Tool with 1.4mm OD

 

The 1.4mm FOSAR Snare retrieval tool is available in lengths of 10 or 20 feet.   the 4mm FOSAR Snare retrieval tool is available in lengths of 11.5 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet, 33 feet, 40 feet, or 50 feet.

The plunger style handle controls the opening and closing of the FOSAR Snare retrieval tools when removing foreign objects from small openings located in inaccessible areas.

1.4mm OD Snare Retrieval Tool Overview:

  • 1.4mm outer diameter x 10 or 20 feet in length
  • Plunger style handle controls the opening and closing of the Snare FOSAR retrieval tool
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Safely retrieve foreign objects from small, inaccessible areas
  • Works well with video borescopes

4mm OD Snare Retrieval Tool Overview:

  • 4mm outer diameter snare retrieval tool
  • Lengths available: 11.5 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet, 33 feet, 40 feet, or 50 feet
  • Plunger style handle controls the opening and closing of the Snare FOSAR retrieval tool
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Safely retrieve foreign objects from small, inaccessible areas
  • Works well with video borescopes

Blackhawk Technical College, Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ Weld Camera Featured in the Beloit Daily News Yearbook

The Blackhawk Technical College was recently featured in the The Beloit Daily News highlighting the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The article photo of BTC’s welding school featured the Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ Weld Camera System.

The Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ Weld Camera System enhances the “hands on” welding experience by allowing the instructor to record, view and discuss the student’s welding performance.  From beginner to expert, the Visible Welding® WeldWatch™ weld camera captures both the “do’s and the don’ts” for the majority of today’s welding processes.

Photo Credit:  Beloit Daily News and Blackhawk Technical College

Advanced Manufacturing Center Helping Build a Skilled Workforce

Article by Hillary Gavan

Beloit Daily News

The new Blackhawk Technical College advanced manufacturing training center in Milton is offering rock County employers skilled workers and helping jobseekers prepare for promising careers.

“We want to make sure we are meeting the needs of industry, both with equipment and curriculum”, said Blackhawk Technical College Dean of Advanced Manufacturing Gary Krause. “A great number of our programs are undergoing a needs assessment to make sure they are current, relevant and are rigorous.”

“The first step in creating a world class advanced manufacturing region starts with creating a large talent pipeline”, said Marketing and Communications Manager Gary Cohen.   . . .

Snapshot of Article in the Beloit Daily News

 

iShot® XBlock® HD-SDI MA130 Interface Board for the Sony FCB-MA130 Camera Series

The SMPTE HD-SDI MA130 interface allows robust transmission of high definition 720p and 1080p video over long distances using standard 75ohm coaxial cable. With the iShot® HD-SDI MA130 and the Sony FCB-Micro cameras (FCB-MA130, FCB-MA132,  FCB-MA133) high definition video can be transmitted from highly constrained spaces, to be used in professional A/V systems.

iShot XBlock HD-SDI Interface Board for the Sony FCB-MA130 Series of CamerasThe iShot® HD-SDI MA130 implements a SMPTE 292M HD-SDI interface, providing SMPTE 296M (720p30) and SMPTE 274M (1080p30) video streaming options.

A unique feature of the iShot® HD-SDI MA130 is the control of FCB-Micro modules over the VISCA protocol, facilitating integration of the module in systems and applications interoperable with Sony’s FCB block camera modules. The VISCA protocol operates over a standard RS-232 interface, which can be reconfigured to RS-485 for long distance control.

The iShot® HD-SDI MA130 includes nonvolatile storage allowing persistent storage of camera parameters. The default setup provides 1080p30 video streaming with the FCB-Micro cameras (FCB-MA130, FCB-MA132,  FCB-MA133) connected directly out of the box. The control serial link can operate as RS-232 or RS-485, selectable via on-board DIP switches.

The iShot® HD-SDI MA130 interfaces with the FCB-Micro’s parallel CMOS interface or the MIPI CSI-2 interface. YCbCr 4:2:2 data or MIPI CSI-2 data is transferred over a 45 pin, 0.5mm pitch FFC/FPC cable. External 5V power is sufficient to power both the camera module and the iShot®HD-SDI MA130, removing the need for a separate power supply. All of the required voltage regulators required to power the FCB-MA130, FCB-MA132 or  FCB-MA133 camera modules are integrated.

InterTest, Inc. is an Authorized National Systems Integrator for Sony’s Visual Imaging Products division.

Mirror Weld Camera – View and Record Welds with the Visible Welding® WeldWatch® UDR Welding Camera System

Visible Welding’s WeldWatch® Ultra Dynamic Range (UDR) video weld cameras change the playing field for mirror welding applications.

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The Visible Welding UDR-2014-Z Weld Viewing Camera system allows the welder to view the weld in process without the use of filters or a welding helmet.

Welders traditionally use mirrors to weld what they cannot see. The back of pipes and other confined spaces are awkward to weld with a mirror and require a skilled welder to deliver high quality “blind welds”.

This video documents the successful beta testing of blind welding with video goggles and Visible Welding’s UHD video weld camera.

Record and view the weld arc, electrode, puddle, joint and surrounding base material before, during and after the welding process with the Visible Welding® WeldWatch® UDR weld camera.

The featured weld camera with Ultra Dynamic Range (UDR) and 10x zoom is specifically designed for live viewing of arc welding. In addition, video and stills can be digitally recorded for education, analysis, email or archiving. With a dynamic-range of over 10,000,000:1, the camera can capture both arc and metal simultaneously without the use of filters.

Features:

  • Full color, resolutions up to 1024 x 1024
  • 140 dB dynamic range (10,000,000:1)
  • 30 fps (frames per second) at 640 x 480
  • Built-in lens with 10x optical zoom
  • Filter-less allowing arc in any location in field of view
  • USB-3 Connection for power and communication
  • Compact 2″ x 2.5″ x 4″ (50mm x 62mm x 100mm)

 

NEW! USB 3.0 Interface – Streaming HD 1080/ 60p Real Time Data for The Sony EV Series

The iShot® TL 6031 USB 3.0 interface module provide communication with SONY FCB HD EV and EH camera blocks to PC Systems with a USB 3.0 connection. Streaming HD 1080/60p real time data for Sony FCB-EV7500 and Sony FCB-EV7100 block cameras. The advantage of USB 3.0 is the the high databandwith supports uncompressed high quality HD video transmission.

USB 3.0 Interface Board for Sony EV and EH Series

USB 3.0 Interface Board for Sony EV and EH Series

The TL 6031 board provides a small size, easy to use HDTV USB 3.0 compliant video streaming capture solution. Video data is uncompressed, 4:2:2 YUV format. The module receives digital video signals at the input and sends UVC (USB Video Class) compliant data. Our modules behaves always as Super Speed USB 3.0 interface device. Host or OTG operation modes are currently not supported. the host computer must run a UVC capable operationg systems (e.g. Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8). Our module supports camera control and is providing a vitual com port.

The USB 3.0 interface module can be connected to LVDS data provided by Sony FCB-EH and EV camera blocks.

QN43H – Inspect Submersed Environments with the iShot® 7mm Micro Camera

InterTest, Inc. of Columbia, NJ presents the iShot® QN43H 7mm Diameter Color Micro Camera. The QN43H 7mm Micro Camera offers high quality viewing solutions for inspecting submersed, hard-to-reach cavities and surfaces and a variety of aerospace industry components. Using a ¼ inch CCD sensor and a selection of interchangeable fixed focus lenses, the QN43H 7mm Micro Camera takes image quality beyond that of a standard video borescope with 470 lines of image resolution for a crisp image on a large monitor.Along with offering a high quality image, the QN43H 7mm Micro Camera is versatile: the camera head can be integrated into a variety of body modifications, have various cable lengths (3.5 and 15 meters standard), can be paired with white or UV illumination and can be housed for waterproofing or high temperature applications. The components and modifications available accomplish sophisticated tasks beyond the range of traditional camera accessories.

The waterproof modification option for the QN43H 7mm Micro Camera is suited for, but not limited to, Power Generation, Mining, and Manufacturing industries with the addition of any other industry where a submersible camera is needed. This modification enables the camera head to be submersed down to 100 feet for all inspection needs: looking in condenser tubes, steam generators, reactor vessels or any submersed cavity. The camera housing’s small size and body angle modifications allows for easy access to hard-to-reach areas.

Specifically with the aerospace industry in mind, InterTest, Inc. integrated the QN43H 7mm Micro camera into the iShot® SeeUV® FlexiCam UV Video Borescope Inspection System. Paired with a Lumatec UV Light source, The QN43H in this format is designed to do cavity inspections on aerospace components using Fluorescent Penetrant Testing (FPI) and Magnetic Particle Inspection (MT or MPI). The system offers articulation and 11mm total outer diameter.

In addition, the QN43H can be used successfully as a standalone system. With interchangeable fixed focus lenses (2.2mm, 4mm, 8mm, and 15mm), the QN43H is fully compatible with the Toshiba IK-CU44A and the Elmo CC431E Camera Control Units. For more information please visit www.intertest.com, email sales@intertest.com or call (908) 496-8008.

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Established in 1981, InterTest Inc. offers RVI and NDT systems, as well as, custom engineered solutions manufactured in our NJ facility. Our customers include, but are not limited to the following industries; Aerospace, Security, Welding, Nuclear & Water Power Generation, Refineries, Mines, Bridge & Highways and Military.