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Basler MED Feature Sets

Unique and powerful combination of hardware, firmware and pylon features specifically designed for Medical & Life Sciences.

Basler MED feature sets combine our cameras’ most impressive attributes and address the highest imaging demands. They are incorporated in Basler’s MED ace cameras and include features that are specifically designed for Medical & Life Sciences.

Due to our deep technology knowledge, we manufacture cameras with top-notch quality and imaging performance which address the imaging requirements of areas such as laboratory automation, ophthalmology, microscopy and fluorescence applications.
With Basler‘s industry-leading feature sets, we combine hardware, firmware and pylon features and bring it down to what our customers are looking for:

Discover our feature sets: If a camera is listed in a given feature set, it incorporates one or more features of that set. Please visit the Basler feature checklist to find the camera’s specific feature combination or check the manual to find more guidance.

If you are interested in our MED ace cameras visit baslerweb.com/MEDace

Easy Compliance

Basler produces and distributes the Basler MED ace cameras for Medical & Life Sciences under DIN EN ISO 13485:2016. In addition, we hold all relevant standard conformities, such as CE, UL, EMC Class B, CISPR Class B or FCC Class B to support.

The rules for OEMs in the Medical & Life-Science domain are getting stricter. More than ever before, regulatory hurdles make it a complex and time-consuming process to certify a device for a medical or diagnostic purpose. As a trustworthy supplier, Basler commits to its responsibility and qualified under DIN EN ISO 13485:2016. This puts Basler in a unique position to fully comply with regulatory requirements of suppliers for OEMs selling their products into markets within the Medical & Life Sciences.

DIN EN ISO13485 certification

With certification according to DIN EN ISO 13485:2016, Basler has proven its quality standards for the development, production and service of digital cameras as well as for placing them on the market.

Basler MED ace cameras have a dedicated production facility in order to be fully compliant with regulatory requirements. For our customers, this means Basler provides the highest documentation quality, which ultimately results in less effort for audits and product documentation, as well as having a less complex and time-saving certification process.

With our comprehensive change management system, our customers are always up to date about every detail of our products. Traceability further reduces costs and serves more transparency on call backs.

Certificates: CE, UL, EMC

Quality is the main focus at Basler. All cameras are extensively tested in our on-site test laboratory. Basler holds all relevant standard conformities, such as: CE, UL, EMC Class A & B, CISPR Class A & B, FCC Class A & B, as well as RoHs. We are eager to fulfil our customers’ regulatory requirements in Medical & Life Sciences.

Driving vision technology forwards

Basler is one of the leading companies in vision technology. We are active members in standardization committees such as GigE Vision and USB3 Vision. Both standards built upon the GenICam Standard that defines a standardized programming interface for all modern cameras that are used in a professional environment.

Brilliant Image

Get a supreme image out-of-the-box with the Brilliant Image feature set. Experience Basler MED cameras with the market-leading PGI algorithm for color and monochrome cameras, advanced auto white balancing, as well as smart auto contrast and auto exposure algorithms.

There is nothing more important than having a crystal clear image for many applications in laboratory automation, microscopy and ophthalmology. Typically however, OEMs bring in their added value not by tweaking the camera up to the limit, but by bringing together a set of components to form a complete system. For this reason, Basler’s cameras for Medical & Life-Sciences have great auto functions that enable customers to have a brilliant image out-of-the-box. This makes Basler cameras easy to work with, cuts important time-to-market and let our customers focus on their added value.

Basler PGI

Basler’s advanced PGI algorithm performs 5x5 debayering, color-anti-aliasing, denoising and improved sharpness. While other camera manufacturers utilize important CPU resources on the host system, hiding the ‘true’ camera cost, all Basler firmware features are built into the on-camera FPGA, saving tremendous resources on the host side for our customers.

Basler Mono PGI

The Basler PGI algorithm is also available for monochrome cameras.

The algorithm enhances the sharpness of the camera image and reduces noise by a significant amount. All features are calculated inside the camera – without any trade-off of computational resources.

Auto image functions

Basler designed medical-specific auto image functions that help to get a brilliant image out-of-the-box. Functions such as Auto-Color, Auto-Contrast and more, provide a beautiful image without requiring a camera expert.

Quick auto exposure

In many use cases, light conditions are not constant but can vary significantly. For reliable image generation, image quality and user convenience, it is important that auto functions work fast, to quickly adapt the camera to the new situation. Basler cameras offer features like a very fast auto exposure that adapts the camera quickly while changing objective and magnification, which enables smooth and efficient microscopy usage.

Perfect Color

This Perfect Color feature set incorporates several Basler-unique tools to change the color appearance of your image: adjust settings for hue, saturation and brightness for full control of color space. Basler`s 6 Axis Operator enables for single-color changes and the Color Calibrator lets you find the perfect color parameters for highest color fidelity.

Excellent color settings are required by a wide range of applications, such as microscopy and ophthalmology. Adjustment and configuration is a complex task, often consuming important development resources. The Basler feature set ‘Perfect Color’ puts you in the driver’s seat for the color appearance of your image. Minimize the color error between the real-world image and the digital projection of your camera, to have the truest color image. Or simply change the color appearance of your image the way your customers want to see it. Together with the Basler Color Calibrator, it’s now possible to configure the camera for minimized color error, using our patented algorithm.

Basler Color Calibrator

Adjusting the camera according to the best color fidelity means finding the settings that minimize a given color error. However, finding the ‘perfect’ color settings is typically a painful and complex process. The Basler Color Calibrator helps customers to find the perfect color parameters for highest color fidelity. The user-guided pylon tool utilizes the full built-in color pipeline and lets you save the results.

Full color space flexibility

Excellent color settings are required by a wide range of applications. Basler MED ace cameras have built-in firmware features that allow for enhanced color adjustment features such as hue, saturation and brightness. Basler’s patented 6 Axis Operator further allows for changing single colors. The image pipeline is calculated on-camera, saving important CPU resources on the host side.

Extended color pre-sets

Basler MED ace series comes with various color presets that are optimized to a specific light source. Together with settings already proven in machine vision, now the series also integrates light sources that are common in microscopy applications. This allows quick choice of the right color settings for a given illumination, saving effort and time in the development process.

Low Light Imaging

State-of-the-art Sony Pregius CMOS sensor technology, together with Basler’s unique long exposure mode and built-in histogram functions allow for excellent low-light images. The well-developed CMOS technology combined with the Low Light Imaging feature set is highly beneficial for applications with fluorescence imaging.

Low light imaging is demanded by many applications within the fields of microscopy and laboratory automation. While traditionally low-light imaging such as fluorescence was dominated by CCD-based sensors, CMOS sensors evolved quickly. With Sony’s Pregius IMX sensor series, CMOS sensors achieved a comparable performance level. That now finally gives OEMs in Medical & Life-Science the option to transition from CCD to CMOS sensor technology. Basler, as leader in industrial cameras, has the broadest portfolio of CMOS cameras and is a key player in bringing this technology forward.

Long exposure mode

Basler’s MED ace cameras have a built-in long exposure mode. It was specially designed for applications in fluorescence microscopy and enables exposure times of up to 10 seconds. It puts the camera in a high-sensitivity condition while obtaining lower noise, to capture even weak light signals. This unique market feature enables customers in Medical & Life Sciences to switch from CCD to CMOS without a tradeoff in performance.

Tone range stretching and adjustment

Our built-in histogram functions allow for the best low-light images. Firmware features such as tone range adjustment enable users to fully control the black point in the image, having a crystal clear black background.

The built-in tone range stretching feature spreads the histogram to obtain the best contrast possible. The firmware settings on Basler MED ace cameras run on the camera’s FPGA, saving the limited computational resources on the customer’s host side.

High Speed

Basler offers fast and yet extremely reliable cameras for high-speed applications for example in laboratory automation. Experience Basler MED ace cameras with frame rates between 60 and 164 frames per second due to global shutter and CMOS sensor technology as well as industry-proven USB3 Vision interface technology.

Many applications in the laboratory automation market demand fast throughput. Process automation tasks such as 2D barcode reading and tube cap identification rely specifically on high frame rates, as well as fast and stable image data transfer. Cameras with the Basler High Speed feature set have everything a camera needs for a high speed application.

CMOS sensor technology for highest framerates

Sensors that are based on CCD technology are still widely used in Medical & Life-Science applications. However, CMOS sensor technology is a far better fit when it comes to fast throughput applications. The reason for this is the significantly shorter readout time for the sensor. While CCD sensors shift the electrons that are collected in one pixel over a step-by-step cascade to a central A/D converter, CMOS sensors handle the charges directly in each pixel. This makes the CMOS sensors much faster, since all sensor pixels can be read simultaneously.

USB 3.0 interfaces for fast and reliable data transfer

While interfaces such as USB 2.0 and GigE are still gold-standard in many lab automation applications, there are much better alternatives when it comes to high rates of data transfer – such as the USB 3.0 interface and the USB3 Vision Standard. While USB 2.0 comes only with 45 MB/s, the GigE interface can transfer image data up to rates of 100 MB/s. With USB 3.0 however, data rates up to 350 MB/s can be achieved. That is suitable for a wide range of high speed applications. With the USB3 Vision Standard, connectors and the method of image transfer were standardized. This leads to an industrially proven interface that is plug-and-play, but also very fast, reliable and available for the long-term.

Global shutter sensor technology

There are basically two different types of read-out modes for sensors available on the market. Rolling shutter sensors read out the pixel lines line by line. This is no problem for most static image scenarios. However, in high-throughput applications, sometimes the object cannot be stopped to take an image for the sake of keeping the system running fast. In this case, rolling shutter sensors cannot be used due to the so-called ‘rolling-shutter-effect’. However, Basler provides a variety of global shutter sensors that do not capture the image line by line but read out the whole sensor at once. Those global shutter sensors are the best match for high-throughput applications with moving objects.

Industrial Excellence

Basler cameras are 100% quality tested and the market’s most robust and reliable products. Together with the pylon Camera SDK, our extended camera control features and customer-focused support based on 30 years of vision experience, camera integration has never been more efficient.

Basler is one of the industry-leading manufacturers for cameras in Medical & Life Sciences. Basler cameras are the most reliable and robust cameras available in the market today. 100% of our cameras for Medical & Life Sciences are tested mechanically and function-wise before they leave the Basler factory. Basler has the lowest failure rate in the field of industrial computer vision cameras. Basler cameras have a 3-year warranty that shows our trust in our own quality. Basler MED ace offers long-term availability.

Basler pylon Camera Software Suite – the most Robust and reliable SDK

Robust and reliable SDKs are often the key to successful development for devices in the Medical & Life Science market. The pylon Camera Software Suite provides a user-optimized SDK that you can build your solutions on. Pylon supports Windows and Linux, and even runs on ARM-based systems such as Raspberry Pi, NVIDIA Jetson and many more.

Extended camera control

Basler’s cameras have auto-settings that make the camera very easy to work with out-of-the-box. But if you are a vision expert, you can also use the full-blown camera control features, such as hardware triggering, chunks, or various pixel formats, all integrated into the pylon Camera Software Suite SDK.

Reliability and robustness

Basler’s cameras originate in industrial inspection. This means that reliability and robustness is part of our cameras’ DNA. Every camera for Medical & Life Sciences is 100% tested internally to ensure our high quality standard.

Efficient integration

Basler’s cameras for Medical & Life Sciences, together with Basler’s pylon Camera software suite, ensure a smooth and fast integration. If you encounter any challenges, we are happy to assist you during the design-in process!

We’ll Be Glad to Help You

Would you like to get more information about our feature sets and MED ace cameras? Together we will explore your imaging possibilities and find the best suitable CMOS camera for your application. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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