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Phoenix Imaging is a provider of machine vision systems, machine vision components, image processing computers, compact machine vision systems, machine vision software and integrated turn-key solutions for industrial applications.  Phoenix Imaging is based in the Livonia, Michigan (Western Suburbs of Detroit) and has been servicing the United States and Ontario.  Phoenix Imaging has agreed to an industry Code of Ethics and has access to the most up to date information available, including professional certification, training and continuing education; state of the art technology; technical services; industry trends and statistical data; and research and development.  The company has expertise in wide range of machine vision technologies, with specializations in:

  • Stand-alone Machine Vision Inspection Systems,

  • Surface Inspection and Flaw Detection Systems (AVSIS™),

  • Porosity detection (and surface blemishes) inside and on surface of machined components (AVSIS™),

  • On-line Non-contact Dimension Measurement systems (VCMM) provides accurate measures and low GR&R,

  • Assembly Verification systems (monochrome and color) or component configuration,

  • Wore and Broken Tool Status Advisor Systems (CNC-TSA™),

  • Infrared (IR) Inspection systems,

  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR / OCV) systems.

  • Advanced Integrated Robotic Inspection Systems.

  • Integrated Laser Mark Traceability / Inspection Systems.

Phoenix Imaging's highly skilled team of vision engineers provide a non-biased appraisal of machine vision applications.  The team can draw on expertise from simple integrated smart sensors to highly complex multiple format sensor inspection systems.  The company provides consultation solution to determine if a viable solution is at hand or if new technology is required.  Phoenix Imaging has worked with 100's of companies in the development of machine vision algorithms, low level vision tools, and basic physics to engineer front-end optical solutions.

Phoenix Imaging has been designing and fabricating illumination systems for machine vision projects since the early 1990's.  The lighting system include High Frequency Fluorescent (both open and closed loop control, over 300 different models available), extremely uniform LED back lighting system (3 series), LED spotlights (3 series), precision control light sources for challenging vision applications.  Patented illuminations systems for large format flat components, Ceramic Tile / Glass Inspection Chambers, world class manual inspection environments and custom lighting systems for unique customer applications.  Our LED Backlights generate extremely flat illumination fields and are used by system integration companies and end-users worldwide.

The company offers machine vision integration services for all of the products and services that the company offers including: sensors, lenses, lighting products, image processors, and hardened inspection system for the industrial environment.  Products and services are available to a wide customer base which includes: original equipment manufacturers, system integrators, machine builders and end-users.  Phoenix Imaging offers a wide selection of machine vision systems from the low-cost compact vision sensor to complex image processing systems utilizing multiple high-resolution mega-pixel sensors.

Machine vision systems can be purchased as complete turnkey solutions, partial assemblies or as machine vision components.  The machine vision integration services are available for complete automatic inspection systems or retro-fit to existing manufacturing lines.  The machine vision equipment can be installed for on-line inspections or off-line inspection.  Special application packages for machine vision systems used in the areas of surface inspection, seal inspection, porosity, tapped hole, true position, precision dimension checks and assembly verification.

---  Surface Inspection Systems

and Porosity Inspection Systems  ---

Unique Patented Technology is ideal for Surface Inspection Projects!

Phoenix Imaging has received a US Patent for Advanced Surface Inspection Technology for the Detection of Porosity and Surface Imperfections on Machined Metal Surfaces.

Because the technology is unique, Phoenix Imaging has been issued US Patent protection ( US 7,394,530).  The technology implements a unique illumination technique that reduces the effects of surface texture created by the machining process but enhances the surface abnormalities.  This technology is extremely useful in the detection of porosity that is often found on machined aluminum components.

The technology allows the customer to assign multiple inspection zones on a surface and apply a separate inspection criteria to each of them.  The inspection zones are aligned to each new component using manufacturing datum.  In addition the technology allows the customer to measure the dimensions of key feature and measure the position of the features with respect to the datum.  Phoenix Imaging refers to this new technology as VCMM or “Virtual Coordinate Measurement Machine”.  This technology is not meant to replace existing CMM equipment because it is designed to measure key feature on components in an on-line mode of operation.  This requires that the features to be inspected must be taught prior to use.  This may require fixtures and specific lighting conditions for the inspection.  What the technology does provide is the ability to inspect 100% of your components for surface imperfections and the true position of key features with respect to one or more datum.

Surface inspection of machined metal components often expose porosity that lies beneath the surface in the casting.  Once exposed the porosity can affect the sealing surface integrity and impact warranty cost.  Phoenix Imaging has developed a range of porosity and surface inspection systems to identify these defects so that manufacturing can contain defective products before they reach the customer.

Phoenix Imaging offers a turn-key inspection package using unique inspection modules developed explicitly for surface inspection.  The patent pending inspection methodology allows the customer to define multiple inspection zones each with a different set of inspection criteria.  Automatic alignment tools insure that the inspection is performed correctly even if the component is not located in the proper position.  The inspection algorithms isolate, measure, count, determine defect density and proximity.  With the proper access level the customer can make adjustments to the inspection parameters using the human machine interface (HMI).

Each system is designed to meet the requirements of each customer for porosity measurement, component size and cycle time.  In-line and off-line inspection system have been implemented to accommodate the customer work flow.

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Patented Machine Vision based Broken Tool Detection System

US Patent 7,266,420 for a Machine Vision System for detection & measurement of CNC machine tools


[ Tool Inspection in Production ]             [ Master Tool Setup and Receiving Inspection ]

Phoenix Imaging has announced the release of the new Machine Vision System used for inspection of CNC cutting tools inside the machining centers and for checking receiving inventory.  The product learns the shape of new cutting tools and measures the change in the profile.  This technology allows manufactures of high value component to capture defective conditions as soon as they occur and prevents the manufacture of subsequent defective components!

The product can be retrofit into existing CNC machining centers or checking the shape of tools as they are received in to inventory.  The system is called the Tool Status Advisor and it is available in several configurations. The MET-TSA™ is used to teach the characteristics of a new tool and the CNC-TSA™ is used to determine the degree of wear on production tools.

The typical system is based on the PVS-80 vision controller, with one or more vision sensors (mounted inside environmental enclosures), and one or more corresponding LED lighting units. Backlighting is used for tool silhouette and ring lighting is used to highlight leading edge imperfection when viewed down the tool axis. The PVS-80 is pre-mounted inside a NEMA type-4 (IP65) electrical enclosure and is available with a 15" TFT flat panel touch screen display for parameter adjustment and inspection information.  The system can accommodate direct inputs and outputs for communication of inspection conditions to external devices.  The Standard configuration provides 8 inputs and 8 outputs connected through industrial standard optical isolated relay modules.  A special version PVS-85 is designed for OEM customers that would like to mount the image processor inside their own electrical enclosures.

Perhaps the most versatile feature on the MET-TSA™ is that it allows the user to easily create master images of tooling for comparison of new tools as they are replaced in tool holders.  Unlike many other tool detection technologies the CNC-TSA™ can find wore or partially broken tools such as worn drill bit edges and chipped edges on taps. The vision system allows access to 100 tool profiles which can be called by index position or program control registers accessed with binary coding.

Other features include:

  • Microsoft Windows7 or Windows10 Pro Operating Systems
  • Support for up to 4 High-Speed Progressive Scan Sensors
  • Gig-E Vision or USB3 Sensor Connections
  • Touch Screen Input for Setup and Function Control
  • High Resolution Graphics (Digital and Analog Outputs)
  • USB ports for connecting Keyboard and Mouse
  • EtherNet Port (100/1000 MB and assignable IP address for system)
  • Many Special  Image Processing Functions (many Patented or Patent Pending)

The machine vision system allows for the simultaneous acquisition of two progressive-scan sensors at a time.  Each sensor can be mounted up to 100 M (Gig-E Vision) or 20 M (USB3) from the PVS-80 or PVS-100 image processing enclosure.  Phoenix Imaging also offer a compact integrated sensor/processor module (SCNC) which provides a cost effective solution for customers that only require knowledge that the tool has experienced damage and not wear prediction.


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