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  • JAI provides innovative digital CCD/CMOS camera technology for applications in industrial machine vision, medical imaging and high-end surveillance systems, as well as complete solutions for traffic imaging/vehicle recognition in Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS)

    In short JAI stands for:
    • High product quality
    • Proven technology
    • Solid financials
    • Long-term viability
    • Innovative engineering
    • Responsive support
    • Attractive warranties
     
Product Portfolio
  • Cameras and Accessories

      • Apex Series

      • JAI’s Apex Series is a range of 3-CCD area scan cameras delivering advanced RGB color imaging that’s ideal for demanding machine vision applications across a diverse range of industries.

        Advanced prism technology separates the incoming light into red, green, and blue wavelengths which are directed to three precisely-aligned CCDs.

        Benefits of the Apex series:
        • Accurate colors: More accurate per-pixel color values than those derived from Bayer color cameras with interpolation routines.
        • Steep spectral curves: Steep spectral curves (less crosstalk) producing exceptionally accurate color image data.
        • Resolving smaller details: More precise spatial resolution, enabling more accurate edge detection and the ability to resolve smaller details on the inspected items.

        Apex series cameras are ideal for applications such as:
        • Pharmaceutical inspection.
        • Flat panel quality verification.
        • Semiconductor production.
        • Print spot inspection and paint matching.
        • Medical diagnostics.
        • Food sorting.
      • Fusion Series

      • JAI's Fusion Series uses dual-sensor prism technology to deliver imaging solutions that are both innovative and cost-effective.

        Multi-spectral cameras perform both visible and near-infrared inspection simultaneously, by splitting incoming light to two separate imagers. This makes it possible to use a single camera to simultaneously inspect both visible elements and sub-surface defects or other information which is optimally detected at NIR wavelengths.

        High Dynamic Range (HDR) cameras also split light to two separate sensors, but in this case, the imagers are used to provide two separate exposures which are then fused together in the camera or in post processing. In this way, details in both bright and dark areas can be properly captured, extending the camera’s dynamic range to nearly twice that of a standard CCD.

        Main benefits of the Fusion series:
        • Two-in-one camera: Multi-spectral imaging technology allows users to replace multiple inspection stations with a single set up.
        • Ease-of-use: JAI multi-spectral cameras offer ease-of use and lower equipment and maintenance costs.
        • Exceptionally good HDR images: The dual-sensor HDR design enables the capture of full linear high dynamic range image data without the image compression and noise found in typical single sensor HDR cameras.
          The two image channels in the HDR camera can be analyzed separately or processed with image fusion algorithms to produce a dynamic range nearly double the normal CCD response.

        Fusion series cameras are ideal for application like:
        • Inspection of organic items such as fruit and vegetables.
        • Inspecting of currency and checks.
        • Textile and plastic inspection.
        • Circuit board inspection.
        • High-end security surveillance.
        • LED inspection, welding, glass inspection and solar panel manufacturing.
        • Monitoring of industrial furnaces or heated metal.
        • Traffic applications
      • Go Series

      • JAI’s Go Series delivers an exceptional blend of small size, high versatility, and excellent performance, all at an entry-level price, making them the perfect starting point for a wide range of machine vision applications.

        The first Go Series family - the GO-5000 - packs a high performance 5-megapixel CMOS imager into a compact form factor that fits in your fingertips and weighs only 46 grams. Using a combination of ROI and binning capabilities, this tiny camera can become almost anything you want - from a superfast VGA camera (at nearly 450 fps) to a super sensitive camera using binning to create 10-micron, or even-20-micron effective pixel sizes.

        If you're facing a tough price/performance challenge, give it a Go! Check the table below for a list of all available Go Series cameras.

        Benefits of the Go Series:
        • Small size and weight: Go Series cameras measure 29 x 29 x 41.5 mm (excluding lens mount) and weigh less than 50 grams, enabling them to fit into small spaces or into vehicles or other applications where weight is critical.
        • High frame rates: High performance CMOS imager technology lets Go Series cameras maintain high frame rates despite their small size. The GO-5000-PMCL, for example, can provide full 5-megapixel images at up to 107 fps.
        • High image quality: Even at 5-megapixel resolution, the Go Series doesn't resort to a rolling shutter or small pixels with low signal-to-noise ratios. 5-micron square pixels, global shutter, analog gain control, a built-in lookup table, and other advanced features help ensure image quality beyond entry-level expectations.
        • Choice of interfaces: Go Series cameras are available with a choice of advanced digital interfaces so you can select the one that best fits your needs. Options include powered interfaces, where a single-cable solution is desired, as well as both frame-grabber-based and "grabberless" configurations.
        • Industrial-grade construction: Go Series cameras are built for the real world, with robust housings and extensive shock and vibration testing to maximize their ability to withstand the rigors of industrial environments. Cameras come with full 3-year warranties.

        Go Series cameras are ideal for applications such as:
        • Robotics
        • Unmanned vehicles
        • Multi-camera systems
        • High-speed inspection
        • And many more
      • Spark Series

      • JAI’s Spark Series is the perfect choice for applications that demand high quality images with the highest possible throughput. Spark Series cameras feature the latest CMOS imagers capable of high resolution images at speeds as much as 10 times faster than traditional CCD cameras.

        Yet this new generation includes features like true correlated double sampling, auto-scaling analog front-end circuits, and in-camera pattern correction to produce outstanding image quality.

        Add to this low power consumption, high sensitivity, industrial grade construction, and an attractive price point, and it’s easy to see why the Spark Series is an ideal solution for high performance applications.

        The Spark Series - This is what you get:
        • High throughput: Spark Series cameras deliver outstanding megapixels-per-second performance, such as 20-megpaixels at 30 fps (SP-20000), 5-megapixels at up to 250 fps (SP-5000), or VGA resolution at up to 888 fps.
        • Excellent image quality: Despite their speed, Spark Series cameras feature advanced functions like in-camera pattern correction, true correlated double sampling (SP-20000), auto-scaling analog front-end circuitry (SP-5000), and efficient global shutters to ensure low noise, high quality images with high pixel uniformity and no shutter distortion.
        • Outstanding sensitivity and dynamic range: Large, low-noise pixels provide outstanding low light performance, while special high dynamic range modes capture both bright and dark details under high contrast conditions.
        • Low cost of ownership: Spark Series cameras are extremely resistant to vibration and shock in harsh industrial or traffic environments (Vibration 10G, Shock 80G), making them among the most reliable and durable industrial cameras on the market.
        • Outdoor imaging features: With built-in automatic level control (ALC) linking shutter, gain, and iris for best exposures under changing light conditions; and a choice of 3-axis lens controllers (P-iris or DC-iris); Spark Series cameras are well-equipped to perform in outdoor applications.
        • In-camera color interpolation: Color models provide both raw Bayer output and in-camera color interpolation, including both RGB and YUV output.

        Spark cameras are ideal for application like:
        • Detailed, high-speed inspections such as:
          • Flat panel displays
          • Printed circuit boards
          • Semiconductors
          • Electronic assemblies
          • Production line monitoring
        • Outdoor applications such as:
          • Aerial mapping
          • Persistent surveillance
          • Border security
          • Traffic imaging
      • Sweep Series

      • JAI monochrome line scan cameras:

        JAI’s Sweep Series features a range of monochrome line scan cameras including 2K, 4K, and 8K models with line rates up to 200 kHz.

        The new Sweep SW-2000M-CL-80 camera is based on a 2048-pixel linear high speed CMOS sensor available exclusively from JAI. The SW-2000M is the only line scan camera on the market at the moment offering large 20 µm x 20 µm pixels for exceptional light gathering ability, dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratios.

        It runs at an 80 kHz line rate for a unique combination of speed and pixel size for a range of industrial vision applications. Interface options include Camera Link or CoaXpress.

        When even higher performance is required, the new SW-4000M-PMCL and SW-8000M-PMCL are among the fastest monochrome line scan cameras in the industry.

        The SW-4000M-PMCL features 4096 pixels per line and is capable of running at up to 200,000 lines per second. In addition, the SW-4000M-PMCL let users select between a large well mode for maximum image quality when illumination is plentiful, or a small well mode for faster responsivity when lighting is limited or when the shortest possible shutter speeds are required.

        The SW-8000M-PMCL doubles the line resolution to 8192 pixels while maintaining a fast, 100 kHz line rate for high throughput in demanding web applications. Like the SW-4000M-PMCL, it features a custom CMOS line sensor offering a 60 dB signal-to-noise ratio, flat shading correction, a 256-point look-up table, and more.

        Both the SW-4000M-PMCL and SW-8000M-PMCL feature a compact 62 x 62 x 48 mm size and can be powered over Camera Link or via a 12-pin connector.

        Whether it's maximum speed that you need, or the unique properties of ultra-large pixels, JAI's Sweep Series has a monochrome line scan camera to fit your requirements.

      • Sweep+ Series

      • JAI’s Sweep+ Series uses advanced prism technology to provide the best possible performance, precision, and versatility for web-based or continuous imaging applications. Multiple CCD or CMOS line sensors are precisely-aligned to a common optical path providing solutions that are easier to set up, with higher color precision and less color degradation over time than tri-linear or quad-linear color cameras.

        Main benefits of the Sweep+ series:
        • Better images in all inspection situations: Eliminates parallax issues (no halo effects) and eliminates complex alignment procedures associated with off-angle viewing or inspection of cylindrical or wavy objects.
        • Lower configuration costs: Lower set-up costs due to faster configuration and a single optical plane that simplifies positioning and encoding tasks.
        • High speed and high sensitivity: Advanced sensor technology and better light transmittance reduces illumination requirements, for better performance at lower cost.
        • Lower cost of ownership: Reliable and durable technology maintains color consistency longer than tri-linear filters.
        • Good price/performance point: Efficient manufacturing keeps costs surprisingly affordable.

        Sweep+ cameras are ideal for applications like:
        • Food inspection and sorting (meat, fruit, nuts, vegetables + more)
        • Print inspection
        • Tile inspection
        • Inspection of textile rolls
        • Entertainment (Sports - finish line and film scanning)
        • PCB inspection
        • Wood inspection
        • Granules inspection
        • Raw cotton and mineral inspection
        • Aerial imaging (for example security and vegetation analysis)
      • Wave Series

      • The Wave Series cameras are dual-band line scan cameras capable of sensing Short Wave InfraRed (SWIR) light. The cameras are based on Indium/Gallium /Arsenide (InGaAs) sensor technology and JAI’s prism line scan technology, making them capable of delivering dual-band imaging in the SWIR light spectrum (900 – 1700 nm).

        Multi-imager camera technology is a JAI core competence and over the years JAI has delivered cameras covering RGB and NIR into various applications.

        The new Wave Series camera brings dual-band imaging to the SWIR light spectrum to provide lots of extra “hidden” vision data. This capability can enhance current machine vision systems with imaging beyond what is possible when imaging the visible and/or the near infrared light spectrum. The Wave Series can open up a range of new applications in automated visual inspection.

      • Area Scan cameras

      • JAI provides a broad offering of single-sensor area scan cameras featuring progressive scan technology. These cameras incoporate a mixture of CCD and CMOS sensors with resolutions ranging from VGA up to 20 megapixels.

        Customers needing maximum megapixels-per-second performance will appreciate JAI's new Spark Series cameras. These cameras use the latest CMOS sensor technology to achieve outstanding throughput while maintaining a level of image quality far surpassing previous CMOS products.

        For tasks that require maximum image fidelity, JAI's offers its new Elite Series, as well as a number of other models (starting with A or B), that offer the latest CCDs from Sony and Truesense Imaging. These cameras deliver impressive combinations of high resolution, multi-tap frame rates, extended sensitivity, excellent thermal management, and advanced pre-processing features for applications where image fidelity is critical.

        A selection of other area scan cameras are provided, to enable customers to find the right mix of form factor (including remote head and right angle configurations), image quality, and price/performance best suited to their needs.
      • Color area scan cameras (3-CCD)

      • JAI’s 3-CCD area scan cameras provide advanced RGB color imaging technology ideal for demanding machine vision applications across a diverse range of industries. Dichroic coatings on the prism surfaces separate the incoming light into red, green, and blue wavelengths which are directed to three precisely-aligned CCDs.

        JAI's 3-CCD technology results in more accurate per-pixel color values than those derived from interpolation routines associated with typical Bayer color cameras. In addition, because there is no interpolation, 3-CCD images offer more precise spatial resolution, enabling more accurate edge detection and the ability to resolve smaller details such as fine print or 2D barcodes.

        Advanced features like shutter-based white balancing and sRGB/Adobe RGB color space matching produce low noise images and easy calibration with peripheral devices. Available interfaces include GigE Vision, Camera Link and analog.

        JAI also makes 3-CCD, 3-CMOS and 4-CCD line scan cameras.
      • Multi-spectral imaging (2-CCD)

      • JAI's 2-CCD multi-spectral cameras provide simultaneous images of different light spectrums through a single optical path. For example, JAI's AD-080 series splits incoming light into two separate channels - a visible color channel from 400-700nm and a near infrared (NIR) channel from 750-900+nm. This makes it possible to simultaneously inspect surface properties or printing, as well as sub-surface defects or other information which is optimally detected at NIR wavelengths.

        Multi-spectral imaging technology allows users to replace multiple inspection stations with a single setup, providing both ease of use and lower equipment and maintenance costs. The cameras are ideal for inspecting currency, checks, textiles, plastics, circuit boards, and organic items such as fruit and vegetables.
      • High dynamic range imaging (2-CCD)

      • JAI's multi-imager product series also features cameras with a unique 2-CCD design with two standard monochrome progressive scan sensors mounted to a custom-designed beam-splitter prism. The two CCDs are precisely aligned to the same optical axis, enabling them to simultaneously capture two real-time images or image streams of the same scene.

        The shutter speed and/or gain for each channel can be calibrated independently, such that one CCD captures details in the brighter areas and the second captures the identical images, but with an emphasis on the details in the darker areas.

        The two image channels can then be analyzed separately or processed with image fusion algorithms to produce a dynamic range nearly double the normal CCD response - up to 118 dB for 8-bit channel depth. GigE Vision models include built-in image fusion algorithms, as well as SDK routines for host-based processing.

        The dual CCD design enables the capture of full linear high dynamic range data without the image compression and noise found in typical single sensor HDR cameras.
      • Area scan cameras (interlaced)

      • Standard format interlaced camera models are ideal for many machine vision applications, as well as surveillance or vehicle-mounted situational awareness tasks. These workhorse cameras use traditional TV format scanning and are offered with either monochrome interfaces - EIA (RS-170) or CCIR - or with color interfaces - NTSC (RS-170a) or PAL. Available output formats on color models include Y/C, RGB, and VBS.

        JAI's interlaced cameras are equipped with 1/3”, 1/2", or 2/3” imagers, to provide varying levels of sensitivity across the product line. Models feature compact housings and rugged construction to enable them to fit into cramped areas and withstand the repetitive vibration and stress associated with real-world applications. Automatic shuttering, edge enhancement, frame-delay read out, and multiple electronic shuttering types are among the useful features found on different JAI camera models.
      • Line scan cameras (color)

      • JAI combines its advanced prism technology with multiple CCD or CMOS linear sensors to deliver high performance color line scan solutions for high-speed web/continuous applications such as print verification, tile inspection, food/fruit sorting, and more.

        The prism-based design features multiple image sensors precisely-aligned to a common optical path providing solutions that are easier to set up, with higher color precision and less degradation over time than tri-linear or quad-linear color cameras. The common optical path eliminates parallax issues and complex alignment procedures associated with off-angle viewing or inspection of cylindrical or wavy objects.

        As members of JAI's Sweep+ Series, these cameras feature a range of different models to fit different applications. LT models incorporate three custom-designed CMOS sensors that provide attractive combinations of speed and sensitivity for demanding line scan applications. The LQ models are 4-CCD cameras capable of simultaneously capturing NIR information along with the RGB data to make them suitable for a variety of food and print/package inspections. The CV-models offer 3-CCD designs for the highest image quality at moderate line rates. New Sweep+ models are currently under development.

        JAI also makes 3CCD area scan cameras.
      • Line scan cameras (mono)

      • JAI’s new monochrome line scan cameras delivers an excellent combination of large high sensitivity pixels (20 µm x 20 µm) and high scan rates up to 80,000 lines/s.

        The new SW-2000M-CL-80 camera (a member of the Sweep Series) is based on a 2048-pixel linear high speed CMOS sensor only available from JAI.

        Sweep SW-2000M is the only line scan camera on the market at the moment offering unique large and high sensitivity 20 µm x 20 µm pixels.

        The cameras are ideal for high speed industrial vision inspection and with the Sweep cameras you get a number of advantages, improving the competitive edge of your line scan vision inspection systems.

      • Line scan cameras (SWIR)

      • The Wave Series cameras are dual-band line scan cameras capable of sensing Short Wave InfraRed (SWIR) light. The cameras are based on Indium/Gallium /Arsenide (InGaAs) sensor technology and JAI’s prism line scan technology, making them capable of delivering dual-band imaging in the SWIR light spectrum (900 – 1700 nm).

        Multi-imager camera technology is a JAI core competence and over the years JAI has delivered cameras covering RGB and NIR into various applications.

        The new Wave Series camera brings dual-band imaging to the SWIR light spectrum to provide lots of extra “hidden” vision data. This capability can enhance current machine vision systems with imaging beyond what is possible when imaging the visible and/or the near infrared light spectrum. The Wave Series can open up a range of new applications in automated visual inspection.

      • Near infrared (NIR) cameras

      • Several JAI camera models are available with enhanced near infrared sensitivity. Some of these NIR cameras utilize specialized, near IR CCD image sensors, while others feature standard sensors offering a wide dynamic range over both visible and near IR portions of the spectrum.

        Near IR sensitiivity is often used for traffic applications or surveillance/situational awareness, or can be utilized in a specialized NIR inspection camera for identification of blemishes or defects not easily observed in the visible spectrum.

        To fit many different applications, JAI offers near IR sensitivity in a wide range of NIR camera types and sizes – from compact interlaced scan cameras, to high-fidelity, high resolution digital progressive scan models equipped with Camera Link or GigE Vision interfaces.
      • Ultraviolet (UV) cameras

      • An increasing number of applications make use of the ultraviolet (UV) portion of the spectrum. UV wavelengths let surface artifacts appear in greater clarity, and allow visualization of smaller features than those which can be seen using visible light.

        JAI offers a range of progressive scan cameras that can be configured for UV light. These UV industrial cameras typically have either glassless CCD imagers to enable sensitivity below 400 nanometers, or quartz-covered sensors to provide both extended sensitivity and better protection against damage.

        JAI can provide you with a UV inspection camera with a resolution from VGA to 4 megapixels, and with analog, Camera Link, or GigE Vision interfaces. Consult the table below for the current list of cameras with UV options. Note: not all UV models are available in all sales regions.
      • Traffic cameras and subsystems

      • For over 15 years, governmental agencies, roadway operators, system integrators and others looking for the best possible results from intelligent transportation systems have turned to JAI for their vehicle imaging solutions. That's because JAI's innovative hardware and software technology has been proven to deliver better image quality and more advanced vehicle identification capabilities than any other solutions provider.

        Our cameras, subsystems, and advanced software packages serve system integrator partners who use JAI technologies in large-scale ITS projects including electronic toll collection, open road tolling, congestion charging, travel time information and parking enforcement. JAI’s vehicle identification systems are also ideal for supplying evidence of traffic violations in applications such as bus lane enforcement, speed enforcement and red light enforcement.

        JAI's traffic products include:

        VISCAM 1000 - The VISCAM 1000 delivers advanced imaging capabilities in a high performance package designed for advanced integration with lane controllers, back office systems, and JAI-supplied or third-party software products.

        Drive5 – Combining performance with value, Drive5 is a self-contained imaging system providing outstanding image quality in a form factor that’s small, rugged, and affordable.

        LED Flash Products – JAI’s LED flash systems provide high power external illumination, including both visible and non-visible solutions, to complement any vehicle imaging setup.

        Software Products - The JAI Vehicle Recognition Suite (VRS) includes capabilities for ALPR/ANPR (plate reading), graphical plate/vehicle matching, and the aggregation and transfer of image files and associated meta data from camera locations to back office systems.

      • JAI technologies

      • JAI is committed to creating advanced solutions that address the needs of vision system designers across a wide range of industries and applications. With over 45 years in the business, we've accumulated a deep understanding of the market. Our engineers are constantly looking for innovative ways to apply their knowledge to the solving of difficult technological challenges.

        This focus has resulted in a steady string of unique products and technologies for vision system development. For example, JAI's has the most extensive range of prism-block camera technology in the industry, including 2-CCD and 3-CCD area scan products, as well as 3-CCD, 3-CMOS, and 4-CCD line scan cameras. Our leading-edge work in this area has resulted in significant advantages for our customers and has earned the company a patent for equipment and procedures used to precisely align sensors with prism block assemblies.

        More than a dozen other patents have also been awarded to JAI over the years, including most recently:

        Resolution proportional digital zoom (RPDZ) - enabling high resolution cameras to be used in surveillance and situational awareness scenarios while maintaining a constant data bandwidth in both wide and narrow fields of view.
        HOV lane enforcement - a wide ranging patent for technology and methods related to open-road tolling, especially in car pool lanes.
        Modulated light triggering - a technological innovation that allows JAI traffic cameras to accurately self-trigger on passing vehicles, thus minimizing data bottlenecks in large traffic systems while also eliminating the need for ground loops, lasers, or other roadbed infrastructure.
        JAI's technological achievements have provided customers with advanced capabilities in the areas of auto-exposure control, high sensitivity imaging, gamma customization, PIV triggering and more.

        The links on the right provide information about the user benefits of some of JAI's advanced technology. Other technology discussions can be found in the Tech Notes listed under the Support section of this website.
      • Software

      • Although JAI's primary focus is on the development of cameras and other imaging hardware, JAI also provides a variety of software tools to support the operation of its cameras, the creation of vision applications, and the processing of vehicle images for various traffic systems. Specific software available from JAI includes:

        JAI GigE Vision SDK and Control Tool - This is a fully GigE Vision and GenICam compliant software package that supports the quick and easy integration of JAI's GigE Vision cameras into imaging applications. It includes a vendor-independent control tool that can be used with any GigE Vision and GenICam compliant cameras, including both JAI and non-JAI products. This flexibility makes the JAI SDK and Control Tool ideal for testing and evaluating cameras, as well as for more robust application development. Read more about the JAI SDK and Control Tool or visit the download center for a no-cost download of the most recent software version.

        Camera Link and other control tools - All of JAI's Camera Link cameras, as well as a majority of the analog cameras, also have software control. These camera control tools enable users to easily access the features of a particular camera either through a GUI or via RS-232C serial commands. Unlike the shared GigE Vision software, each Camera Link camera has a separate control tool which can be downloaded, free of charge, from the download center or directly via the individual camera product pages.

        Traffic software - JAI traffic cameras are supported by a suite of application software for vehicle identification and image processing. The Vehicle Recognition Suite (VRS) includes an automated plate reader (ALPR/ANPR), patented vehicle matching software, and an image server application for managing and transmitting data files. More details about these products can be found in the software pages of the "Traffic cameras and subsystems" section of this website. JAI's EN series of traffic cameras also utilize various setup software and firmware for configuring the cameras. This software is available in the traffic section of the download center.

        RM/TM-series GigE Vision software - Some older versions of JAI's RM and TM-series cameras, which carry model numbers beginning with RM, RMC, TM, or TMC, may have been configured to run the Pleora iPORT GigE firmware engine. This was typically used to provide backwards compatibility with GigE applications and environments developed before the final GigE Vision standards were ratified. Although the iPORT option is no longer sold by JAI, support for selected iPORT cameras can be accessed here. This includes documentation and software, including firmware upgraders/downgraders.