Innovations with Scorpion Compact Vision

Oslo, Norway,  November 2th, 2013

The family of Scorpion Compact Vision is extended with a series of new exciting products for 2D and 3D Machine Vision. The family targets OEM and system integrators that want a professional configurable, low cost, easy to deploy and rugged multi-camera system for serious machine vision.

Scorpion Compact Vision Family

Scorpion Compact Vision Family Picture 2013

More Scorpion Stinger innovations will follow

Thor Vollset – CEO Tordivel AS says “We are so excited with Scorpion Compact Vision. The extended Compact Vision family will make it easier for our partners to succed. The total cost of a machine vision solution will go down and everybody will be happy. The Scorpion 2D Stinger Camera with integrated illumination and the Scorpion Stinger LEDspot make it easier to deploy reliable solutions and reduce deployment cost. When we combine strobing. multiple exposured images and smart image processing we see that the illumination part of many applications can be solved only by a couple of Scorpion LEDspots.  We will continue to support and launch more Scorpion Stinger units to enhance and improve the Scorpion Compact Vision Concept for 2D and 3D machine vision.

In UK we won the Food Processing award in Robotics and Automation together with Mitsubishi and Quasar Automation for the unique 3D cake decoration system. The system is based on the Scorpion 3D Stinger MLaser Camera and we see this as an important recognition for our real-time  3D in 2D image processing concept.”

Read more in press release


On the face of it, easy. But on closer inspection, challenging.

That’s oil drum internal inspection

When a customer asked us to provide a camera that would allow them to inspect the insides of new oil drums at the end of the production line, we made the assumption that any reasonably small camera would be good enough for the task.

However, the standard oil drum has a 2″ aperture at the top through which any camera assembly would need to fit. There are many small cameras on the market that would fit through a 2″ aperture. But taking into account the operational requirements that meant attaching the camera to an existing probe that also has to fit through the same space, meant that the majority of small industrial cameras are too big.


In addition, the specification was made more challenging because:

  • Every centimetre of the internals of the drum had to be inspected, requiring more than one camera
  • The cameras had to enter the drum and exit within 30 seconds
  • The live images needed to be displayed on a large screen
  • High resolution images were required so that the smallest objects could be detected
  • Allowing for routing around and through a moving production line, the cable distance was around 15 metres
  • The whole process had to be semi-automated so that the operators only have to watch the screen

There is one camera in our portfolio which stood out as the best candidate. Cable run had to be minimal and so power over ethernet was an obvious choice, meaning the miniature power over ethernet cameras from The Imaging Source were an ideal choice.


The cameras mounted at 180 degrees, with LED strip lights and M12 miniature lenses

Then the next problem became apparent, standard lenses are bigger than the width of the body of the camera, so we had to go to small lenses. Fortunately there is an M12 lens adapter available from The Imaging Source that converts the C mount to an M12 mount. Now we just had to find fish eye lenses with a wide enough angle to view each end of the drum.

Finally, how to illuminate. Standard lighting couldn’t be used as there was nowhere to put it. We came up with the idea of using LED strips which work off 12V DC. These attach to the side of the camera and as they are low power they don’t get very warm.

Once we’d cracked the camera and lighting problem, we then had to display the live images on the big screen. For this we used Scorpion Image Sentinel, designed for uncompressed image capture at live video speeds.

What the inside of an oil drum looks like!

Engage the tractor beam….

… and any other Star Trek style quotes I can think of to promote the exciting venue at the National Space Centre in Leicester to learn about the latest in the world of industrial imaging and image processing!

On the 13th of March 2012 we’re running a seminar to present a new range of cameras from The Imaging Source. Without going into too much detail – you should come to the seminar – these are the key words:

PoE, Small footprint, new cmos, high framerate, low cost, highly competitive, high resolution

This event is for those who are concerned with imaging and image processing and is relevant for all levels of knowledge.  This is an opportunity to get a hands-on demonstration of the full range of TIS cameras – including the zoom and autofocus models as well as the forthcoming range of small Power over Ethernet (PoE) GigE Cameras.

Follow this link to find out more


New Scorpion Vision Starter Kits

Read more at Scorpion Vision Web –

Announcing the Unibrain Scorpion 2D Machine Vision Starter Kit

We’ve launched a new product intended for use by those who are curious about machine vision and believe they may be able to use such a system in their manufacturing environment, but don’t have the confidence yet to invest anything significant into such a venture.

What does it cost to employ one person to check a product is the right colour or size as it passes along a production line? In the UK, that’s an easy number to come up with – without taking into account the additional costs with recruitment, on-site training and induction, the National Minimum Wage from October 2010 will be £5.93 for workers aged 21 or over.

That equates to £12334 for a 5 day week over the year, excluding national insurance payments.

The Unibrain Scorpion Machine Vision Starter Kit

Automation is a way to reduce costs using Scorpion Vision Software. The starter kit which includes everything needed to build a system (just supply a PC) costs £1110 or 1260 Euros. This isn’t a pipe dream. This kind of automation solution is achievable on a budget.

To see more about this, have a look at the relevant product page on our web site:

We even throw in some help for free.

– Paul

Scorpion Vision 8 3D Training in Oslo, Norway – 26 – 28th Jan 2010

You may attend one, two or all three days of the course dependant on your knowledge and interest.

3D Located Objects

Fly in to the best machine vision training and learn from the experts behind Scorpion Vision Software®. The improved course agenda is based on the latest Scorpion Vision Software® release 8 including 3D Stereo Vision, true 3D point cloud processing and 3D Robot Vision. The course starts with a Scorpion basic introduction, continues with advanced 2D vision tasks and techniques and brings you further through 3D vision solutions and exercises.

If you are new to machine vision, you can register for the first two days or for the complete package of three days. All three days will get you started with 3D Machine Vision after a Basic Introduction.

If you have previously attended a Scorpion 2D Basic Introduction – register for the last two days. This will update your 2D skills and make you ready for Scorpion 8 including all the new 3D stuff.

Scorpion Vision Software® offers a large reduction in the development, deployment and maintenance cost for machine vision systems. Applications are customised smartly and expeditiously with the flexible user interface. Join us and see how!

Enjoy the benefits of an open framework, python scripting and an immense and proven toolbox with more than 150 components and tools when creating your innovative machine vision applications. Scorpion Vision Software® is the perfect companion to Smart cameras, area and linescan cameras with USB, Firewire, Cameralink and GigE interfaces as well as 3D image sensors. Choose between a small form factor with a smart camera, an embedded pc, a standard PC or the power of an industrial PC with Raid and MultiCore technology.

You find further details and the course agenda in the invitation.

The course is based on the feature packed Scorpion 8 release. Read the latest Scorpion Vision Software® headlines and get a glimse of it’s power:

3D Located Objects

Scorpion Technical Day – A Runaway Success!

December’s technical day at Brooklands Park was well attended with a good response in delegate feedback.

Both existing and new Scorpion Vision integrators joined us for the day, as well as a number of prospective end users from Thor presents at the Technical daymanufacturing companies who were drawn by an interest in finding out how 3D machine vision  could benefit their production.

Paul Wilson and Thor Vollset gave presentations on Scorpion Vision Software with Thor giving a particularly interesting talk on recent Scorpion installations including a very high speed fish egg sorting system!

The event was also well attended by Sony with presentations by Dino Bonometti and Alexis Teissie with support by other Sony luminaries. On display were a number of Sony camera products, including the latest Smart camera by Sony, running a Scorpion demonstration connected to a second (GigE) camera. This demonstration was probably the first of it’s kind with the Smartcamera interfaced directly to the second camera without the need for a PC.

Sony camera displaysDelegates also had the opportunity to see Scorpion with live video streamed from both Sony 2 megapixel GigE cameras and VGA machine vision cameras.

So, a successful event and one which highlighted the excellent combination of Scorpion Vision Software and cameras from Sony. Watch this space for more events in 2010!