Updated Website, New Pixid 500 Alignment Systems

Pixid 500 Active Alignment System

Pixid 500 Active Alignment System

Our technologies and products are constantly evolving, so it was just about time we updated our website to reflect our latest and greatest offerings.  Kasalis has been working hard on its new alignment systems and software, which are now available and profiled on the updated website at www.kasalis.com.  Most notably, we have a new model in production, the Pixid 500, which is a high volume, automated active alignment system that offers a higher UPH for narrow FOV optics.

There will be more updates to the website and blog shortly, as we are busily designing a new office space.  The excitement in the office is building for our big move to a new, customized, and larger office.  Sales of the Pixid 500, in addition to our signature Pixid 300, are driving growth and increasing technical requirements. We will be incorporating special features into the new office space to accommodate our customers and our newest technologies. Stay tuned.

And please, in the meantime, don’t forget to check out our latest at www.kasalis.com.

Backup Camera Law and Challenges for Manufacturing

A few weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after much delay, passed a law requiring backup cameras in cars. It will, first and foremost, improve safety, particularly for the small children who cannot be seen without them and are the victims of thousands of backup accidents annually. Backup cameras have proven very effective in studies, beating out parking sensors and other machine vision methods in effectively preventing crashes.

backup-cam

Photo: NHTSA

We want to know what this all means for car manufacturers and, of course, camera manufacturers (our customers) who will soon be producing and assembling cameras to meet a growing demand as they ramp up to May of 2018, when all new cars will be required to have them.

Already many car manufacturers have included backup cameras as an option or standard in new car models. The NHTSA said there will be requirements governing image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation, but the most important was simply the ability to see in a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. But perhaps there should also be a requirement for camera clarity? Car makers say their main challenge is integrating the screen into the dashboard, but with so many cars already offering a backup camera system, it’s clear they have already found some solutions.

The main challenge we see is that the obligatory 10 by 20 foot visible zone definitely requires a wide angle or fish eye camera module. Therefore, these automotive backup cameras must certainly be assembled using active alignment so that the outside edges of the resulting image are in focus. Otherwise, the safety measure will be compromised.

The good news for us is that we will be working hard on our productsPixid Systems – so that they will produce the best backup cameras possible, with no fuzzy imaging areas around the edges.  We can see now that backup cameras are here to stay; we know that our company is contributing to automotive safety through our work to create rearview cameras with optimized clarity. We hope that more innovation in the automotive world, including the head-up displays that project information onto the windshield, will improve driving safety even further.

 

Kasalis Announces Partnership with 3-EDGE for European Sales and Distribution

We are very pleased to announce a partnership with 3-EDGE GmbH for sales, distribution, and technical support of our Pixid line of camera module alignment and test systems throughout Europe.  Together with 3-EDGE, Kasalis aims to provide an enhanced experience for all Kasalis customers in Europe, giving them local technical advisors who provide timely service and spare parts delivery.

Our philosophy of localization has led us toward multi-language interfaces and locally-focused teams that can support our customers in Asia and Europe.  We want to ensure that every interaction we have with a customer is a positive one, providing technical expertise and a timely response.

At Kasalis, we are confident in the outstanding technical knowledge, support, and after-sales service that 3-EDGE provides and look forward to working together.  For more information, please read the official press release or visit the 3-EDGE website.

Active Alignment: Why it is Essential for Camera Modules in Advanced Electronics

Some may wonder why active alignment is so important to camera module assembly….Well, the primary motivation for manufacturers to push their camera modules into the 21st century by making active alignment standard are recent industry developments such as increasingly thin cell phones, larger aperture cameras, stereoscopic cameras, and vision analysis requirements found in automotive camera applications.

While thinner cell phones can sometimes be outfitted with wafer-level cameras, those cameras are not guaranteed to be aligned correctly due to possible flaws in the wafers, such as a curve (smile) or misaligned sensor.  In addition, these wafer-level cameras only work in extremely low mega-pixel resolutions.  To make a high quality camera that is also thin enough for today’s leanest mobile phones, one must integrate cameras that have been actively aligned in five or six degrees of freedom.

Camera module assembled using active alignment improves focus

The increased use of larger aperture cameras, to enhance performance in low light conditions, also pushes traditionally-assembled camera modules out of contention.  Because the larger aperture lens results in a smaller depth of focus when combined with image sensors with increased resolution and smaller pixels, it is of the utmost importance that the light is properly channeled with a camera assembled using active alignment to garner a focused, high quality image.  Similarly, the trend toward stereoscopic cameras also requires active alignment to best balance the performance of both camera channels appropriately to ensure that the correct tip-tilt angle and centration for each lens generates uniform focus and pointing.

Finally, in camera modules for vehicles, the camera must meet vision analysis requirements so that the vision system can perform object detection as accurately as possible.  Because automotive cameras with machine vision will tell the driver what exactly is near the car, the clearest possible picture is required, and therefore active alignment for the camera module assembly is essential.  Without it, camera manufacturers risk selling modules that produce blurry-edged image results.

Overwhelmingly, industry direction has driven camera modules toward more compact designs with higher megapixels and therefore higher quality images.  Active alignment allows camera modules to be both compact and high quality – and now, with the Kasalis Pixid series, active alignment is available in the most advanced, cost-effective, and compact system on the market.

 

Now Available: The Pixid 300 Series, Groundbreaking Automated Active Alignment and Test System

We are thrilled to announce that our signature alignment and test system, the Pixid 300 Series, is now available to high volume manufacturers of camera modules. Our engineers have truly created an outstanding assembly system that leapfrogs existing standards to meet the future demands of fast-moving high technology industries.

Camera module assembly system Pixid 300 Pro

The groundbreaking Pixid 300 Pro is our signature model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is the Pixid system different?  For starters, its innovative design allows for parallel processing of camera modules, so when one is being aligned, another is getting its adhesive. This contributes to our industry-leading cycle time of only 15 seconds, or 240 camera units per hour, all using active alignment for the absolute best image quality possible.  In addition, the yield of usable camera modules is higher using our machines because of our Adaptive IntelligenceTM software, which adjusts the alignment algorithm based on data trends.

Our systems cost significantly less than the industry average, both in terms of equipment and maintenance costs.  Our modular design makes the Pixid series easy to operate and very simple to repair or update.  With customer needs in mind, we have taken a new approach to active alignment and developed this system to meet their challenges head-on, including driving down the cost of active alignment, creating an intuitive, easily operated machine that doesn’t require an engineering degree, and lowering lead times by designing for the rapid configuration of systems.

The Pixid 300 Pro model is a fully automated manufacturing system featuring active alignment, configurable optical testing options, Adaptive IntelligenceTM SPC, and automated adhesive dispense and UV cure.  In addition to the Pixid 300 Pro, the line includes the Pixid 300 Test model, which is intended purely for the high speed, final functional testing of camera modules. The Pixid 300 systems are designed for high volume production of camera modules such as those used in smartphones, cars, webcams, medical imaging, wearable sports cameras, and security cameras.

Why Active Alignment Doesn’t Have to Mean High Cost

Our Pixid product release announcement was recently published in Image Sensors World and because it garnered a few comments concerning the cost of active alignment, we would like to take this opportunity to make sure our readers know that we are taking an innovative new approach to our camera module assembly systems.

By reducing the active alignment time to single digit seconds and providing per-module costs that are competitive with more traditional, passive alignment (i.e. screw-in) methods, we have developed products that provide our customers with a competitive edge both in terms of superior technology and lower manufacturing costs.  We want active alignment to be the new standard for camera modules that must keep pace with the fast-moving electronics industry and to do so, we have taken operating and purchasing costs into consideration with this new model.

In terms of value on a per module basis, we aim to be second to none.  And with that in mind, stay tuned for further discussion of active alignment, the camera module industry, and our value proposition.

Pixid 100 Series Camera Module Assembly Systems Now Available

 

Pixid 100 Pro

Pixid 100 Pro

The Kasalis office is buzzing with the release of its Pixid 100 line of camera module assembly systems.  The Pixid 100 R&D and the Pixid 100 Pro models are the first systems available for shipment, and represent our solution for cost-effective, low-volume production of camera modules.

As technology in electronics such as smart phones and webcams advances, the precision of camera module alignment becomes increasingly important.  The Pixid 100 series systems feature active alignment in up to six degrees of freedom so that the process will yield the best possible focus quality across the entire imaging area.

We are thrilled to offer the Pixid 100 series to customers and look forward to releasing the Pixid 300 series for high-volume production, further advancing this groundbreaking technology and including more automated features, later this year.  Please check out our news page or camera module assembly systems page for more details and specifications.

Kasalis Produces Camera Module Alignment Systems

Automated Camera Module Alignment

The Pixid 100 R&D Camera Module Alignment System

Since this is our first blog post, we would like to say welcome and please continue to check back with us for more in-depth material.  We will be writing primarily about optoelectronics, but will likely focus on discussing issues related to camera modules used in cell phones, medical cameras, security cameras, automotive cameras, and webcams.

Our PixidTM camera module assembly systems represent a new approach to active alignment. They come in a variety of models to suit a range of production and budget requirements.  For more information, please visit our website.  We thank you for reading and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

The Kasalis Team