Remote-controllable Motor Focus for
the Cameras of ImageIR® Series

Why Motor Focus?

Motorised precise focusing of the image has been a standard feature of digital cameras and some mobile phones for a long time. Why not for all infrared cameras? Should this function not be automatically included in the scope of delivery?

In particular, with stationary cooled cameras like the ImageIR®, there are measurement situations in which the camera is always set up with a fixed working distance – the focus is never changed, hence, it needn't be motorised. In terms of flexible camera use, however, a motor focus is an important equipment detail that supports efficient working and the recording of the best possible measured data. The ImageIR® camera series offers a further feature that has only been implemented so comprehensively at InfraTec.

InfraTec ImageIR ® Motorfocus function

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Control via IRBIS® online

A highly versatile camera remote control is included in the IRBIS® user interface due to the integrated IRBIS® online functions, through which all ImageIR® motor focus variants are controlled.

Different options are available:

  • Focus forward / focus backward
  • Fine focus forward / fine focus backward
  • Speed regulation standard focus
  • Speed regulation fine focus
  • Autofocus over the entire image scene
  • Autofocus over measuring field (ROI)
  • Absolute focus via direct distance input
  • Focus via saved presets

Through this unique diversity of focusing options, the user can freely decide how he will optimally use the motorised precision focusing of the ImageIR® according to the task involved. Examples:

  • In close proximity a particularly fine focus adjustment together with comparably low depth of focus of macroscopic or microscopic images can help to find the precise focus.
  • The focussing speed in terms of a rapid measuring sequence can be important for a moving scene or the thermography of complexly shaped components.
  • If a scene exhibits such an extremely low thermal contrast that the implemented autofocus algorithms cannot focus reliably enough, you can directly establish a previously measured focus distance by entering the absolute values

Different motor-focus module variants are available according to lens type and measuring scene. It enables precise, remote-controllable and fast focus.

Overview of Benefits

  • Complete remote control of the focus even over great distances
  • Linear focus (no wobbling)
  • Precise and fast autofocus function
  • Absolute focus due to direct input of distance
  • The storage of several focus positions by the user is possible
  • Vibration-free and convenient precision focusing for microscopic images
  • Encapsulated, camera-internal focus mechanics, usable for all standard lenses

Camera-internal Motor Focus Function

This versatile variant permits the use of wide-angle, standard and smaller telephoto lenses. Changing the lens is possible as the lens is moved linearly to the object via the optical interface.

InfraTec Glossary Motorfocus
InfraTec Glossary Motorfocus | ©Technical University Dortmund

Motorised Microscopic Tripod

This focus variant is virtually indispensable for the µm precise focusing of the microscope lenses for the ImageIR®. The use of a high-precision longitudinal drive with micro stepping motor is more accurate and mechanically easier. With a step width as small as 0.5 µm, the camera can be moved upwards or downwards. The 8.0× microscopic lens or a SIL lens can be highly accurately focussed this way. This design is supported by an extremely sturdy profile structure that reduces vibration to a minimum.

InfraTec Glossary Motorfocus

External Motor Focus Unit

This variant is designed for particularly heavy-duty lenses with 200 mm focal length or for the large-sized SXGA lenses of our ImageIR® top model with HD resolution. In this case, the lenses are fixed on a stable mount, while the focussing procedure is carried out µm precisely with a linear track. The special design with integrated sealing element on the optical interface ensures the complete prevention of interference radiation and offers ideal protection from dust and splash water. Hence, a precise remote-controlled focus is guaranteed between proximity and greater distances, particularly for higher lens focal lengths.

Relevant Indus­tries & Applic­a­tions

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