Image Credit: Microscan Systems Incorporated Illuminators are used to provide adequate contrast for imaging. Typically, their light source is an LED array, laser, or lamp. LED products and laser diode devices tend to be monochromatic, whereas lamps usually provide a large spectrum of light. Fiber optic illuminators are also available. Type of Illuminators The GlobalSpec SpecSearch database lets industrial buyers specify these types of illuminators. Spot...
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Q & A on Illuminators

We asked our users for their input on Illuminators. Here are the results of 44 users familiar with Illuminators.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing illuminator design?
6 answers
Answers:
We use very low light camera systems and if we can use an illuminator with a 940nm lighting; this greatly increases our success.
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada
Type of light source.
~WILLIAM G, Facilities Manager, Gaston, NC
Sodium vapor lamp
~Eduardo Goncalves, Mechanical Engineer, Coimbra, Portugal
Leds & oleds
~Engineering, Consulting, Valencia, Spain
LED-s
~Mart J, General Management, Tartu, Estonia
LED
~Al B, Builder/Contractor, Portage, IN

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative illuminators?
4 answers
Answers:
So far we are happy with the illuminators we have received from Niceviews Digital Tech Co. Ltd, however we are open to any company who can meet our requirements.
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada
CCS, Japan Stocker Yale, Canada Schott
~Paul Yoon, Research & Development, Stanford, CA
There is not a special one.
~Eduardo Goncalves, Mechanical Engineer, Coimbra, Portugal
GE Westinghouse
~Al B, Builder/Contractor, Portage, IN

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used illuminators for?
14 answers
Answers:
We are currently beta testing in a number of fields; client confidentiality precludes being able to provide better info.
~Engineering, Consulting, Surbiton, United Kingdom
If I understand you I have used fiber optic illuminators on Christmas trees, decking,walkways and in the garden area.
~WILLIAM G, Facilities Manager, Gaston, NC
Wafer inspection for Semiconductor Printed Circuit Board inspection Solar wafer inspection
~Paul Yoon, Research & Development, Stanford, CA
Covert police and military applications. See but not be seen practice.
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada
Home lighting, and working with a church to light our building.
~Al B, Builder/Contractor, Portage, IN
School and small club stage lightings and illuminations
~Mart J, General Management, Tartu, Estonia
Infrared night vision and UV light applications.
~Technical Support/Services, Ottawa, Canada
Fiber optic museum cases
~Engineering, Design, NYC, NY
Architectural lighting
~Engineering, Consulting, Valencia, Spain
Sports lighting
~Purchasing, St Helier, United Kingdom
Dialux Amtec
~Engineering, Design, London, Great Britain
Backligthing
~Engineering, Design, Genoa, Italy
Car lifts
~Technical Support/Services, Vila do conde, Portugal
Malls
~Eduardo Goncalves, Mechanical Engineer, Coimbra, Portugal

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that illuminators have been used for.
3 answers
Answers:
We only use these units for " Covert Police and Military" operations.
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada
Wafer crack inspection 3D Measurement
~Paul Yoon, Research & Development, Stanford, CA
Motorcycle / boats and other things.
~WILLIAM G, Facilities Manager, Gaston, NC

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of illuminators?
3 answers
Answers:
Failure of illuminator applying wrong input voltage of power. They use different voltage between several countries.
~Paul Yoon, Research & Development, Stanford, CA
Not taking advantage of the natural illumination... Why pay for the illumination when you can have it for free...
~Eduardo Goncalves, Mechanical Engineer, Coimbra, Portugal
Never look directly at the unit. These invisible unit can do severe eye damage
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
6 answers
Answers:
Develop a program or applications that can be bonded to thermal building simulations, or, improve the existing ones like Energyplus, ESP-r...
~Eduardo Goncalves, Mechanical Engineer, Coimbra, Portugal
Small, powerful, with a large coverage and totally covert in nature.
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada
High power transmission Uniformity Innovative concept change
~Paul Yoon, Research & Development, Stanford, CA
Whole house or business illumination.
~WILLIAM G, Facilities Manager, Gaston, NC
To use on all app's for lighting.
~Al B, Builder/Contractor, Portage, IN
LED-s and in near future lasers
~Mart J, General Management, Tartu, Estonia

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of illuminators?
4 answers
Answers:
Just be sure that the amount of light that you require will be available from the source that you choose.
~WILLIAM G, Facilities Manager, Gaston, NC
Get the smallest most powerful unit with nothing less than a 940nm.
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada
After surveying the specification, demo test is necessary.
~Paul Yoon, Research & Development, Stanford, CA
Haven't today
~Mart J, General Management, Tartu, Estonia

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using illuminators?
4 answers
Answers:
Buy for what your needs are, don't spend the most amount of money on something for which a less expensive unit will complete the same task.
~LeBlanc G, Engineering Consultant, Fredericton, Canada
Most important thing is to composing illuminators creative.
~Paul Yoon, Research & Development, Stanford, CA
Look at the efficiency and not the price.
~Eduardo Goncalves, Mechanical Engineer, Coimbra, Portugal
Buy for life.
~Al B, Builder/Contractor, Portage, IN


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