Worldwide interest in high performance Multiple framing camera

Specialised Imaging Ltd. a leading company specialising in design, manufacture, service and supply of ultra high-speed imaging systems and components, has announced the first shipments of its Specialised Imaging Multiple (SIM) framing camera.

Officially introduced at Photonics West 2006 the SIM framing camera has generated considerable interest in industrial and academic research groups around the world. Applications for ultra high speed multiple framing cameras include material studies (impact mechanics, crack propagation, impact deformation), automotive (combustion research), aerospace (stress failure, aerodynamic performance), high voltage electrical discharge research, plasma display studies and microdevices (dynamics of operation).

Wai Chan, Managing Director of Specialised Imaging Ltd. commented "The SIM framing camera was designed to extend the analytical gathering capacity of high-speed data from ultra fast events. Our system uniquely is able to eliminate effects such as parallax and shading, inherent in other designs, and the high spatial resolution (> 50 lp/mm) is the same frame to frame and in both axes. We have also overcome simultaneous high-speed image capture problems by incorporating an optical port into the primary beamsplitter to which various secondary recording instrumentation can be interfaced. The SIM optical port framing camera not only enables direct interfacing with high-speed video, a streak camera or a time resolved spectrometer but also offers the added advantage that the secondary recording is made from the same optical viewpoint as the ultra fast discrete image sequence".

The SIM Multi-Channel framing camera from Specialised Imaging Ltd. takes the capture of images for accurate, high-speed spatial analysis of fast transient events to a new level. Unlike traditional high-speed framing cameras the unique optical design of the SIM provides the choice of 4, 6, 8 or even 16 separate optical channels without comprising performance or image quality.

An integral TFT monitor allows users to ‘see what the camera sees’ in real-time, thus allowing users to easily optimise focus and lighting to achieve spectacular results. Focusing functions, can be controlled locally at the camera while full remote operation is achieved over standard Ethernet cabling enabling the SIM to be easily integrated into almost any environment. Optional fibre optic communications are available when the camera is used in electrically noisy environments. Comprehensive operational software provides simple control of imaging parameters and extensive measurement tools to accurately analyse results. Image archiving in a wide range of industry standard file formats is supported.