On the trail of the drop shape
Contact angle measurement with high-resolution USB 3.0 industrial camera
The measuring instrument manufacturer KRÜSS uses USB 3.0 cameras from IDS in their video-based drop shape analyzer systems. The combination of the interface and a high-performance CMOS sensor allows up to 200 frames per second at a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels. Wetting processes can be captured without interruption and then precisely analyzed.
"Contact angle measurement usually also involves capturing the dynamics of the wetting, which means that a combination of high resolution and high frame rate is essential. The required transmission performance also calls for an interface with sufficiently high bandwidth", says Carsten Scheithauer, R&D Manager at KRÜSS, summarizing the requirements of the camera used. KRÜSS integrates USB 3.0 industrial cameras from IDS's USB 3 uEye CP series into its drop shape analyzers, including the UI-3060CP Rev. 2 with IMX174 sensor from Sony. This all-round industrial camera has a very compact design, at just 29 x 29 x 29 mm, allowing it to be integrated into measuring instruments where space is at a premium. Screw-in Micro USB 3.0 and Hirose connections make the camera suitable for professional applications, both in industry and in non-industrial environments.