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Quantum Design launch a new Imaging magazine

Read all about the latest advances in Imaging Cameras

June 2021

Quantum Design UK and Ireland have recently launched their first bumper issue of their new Imaging Cameras magazine, drawing on case studies, articles and applications notes from leading manufacturers:

• Specim
• Raptor Photonics
• InfraTec
• Cordin Scientific

With a foreword by their new Camera Sales Engineer, Luke Nicholls, other highlights of the magazine include:

• Advancing Geology with Hyperspectral Imaging
• Avoiding Contamination in the Food Industry
• Infrared Cameras for Temperature Scanning in the Fight Against Covid-19
• SWIR Cameras for Telecommunications Applications
• Streak Cameras in Action (videos)
• Avoiding Contamination in the Food Industry.
• Thermography for Optimisation of Installed Wind Turbines
Scientific Cameras for Microscopy
• Analysis of the Thermal Conductivity in Nano- and Mesostructured Polymer Systems
• Remote sensing of Vegetation using SWIR cameras on a UAV
• Aerial Thermography

And much, much more….

Download your free copy of the magazine

QD-UKI are also really excited to be able to offer their readers ‘try before you buy’ on two great products: the InfraTec ImageIR and the Specim IQ.

Read the magazine to learn more  – check out pages 31 and 37.

Plus, there’s information on a newly launched Imaging Competition #HappyToBeBackInTheLabQD – a fun and easy Twitter photo competition celebrating getting back into the lab at long last. Learn more about the competition, prizes and how to enter here.

QD-UKI will be running an Imaging Cameras Roadshow this Autumn and you can add your university or lab to the itinerary. Find out more on page 19 of the magazine.

Contactless and Non-Destructive Stress Analysis with Thermography

19 February 2021

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New Application Note: Remote sensing of Vegetation using SWIR cameras on a UAV

February 2021 Leatherhead, Surrey

Forage Mass Monitoring (FFM) analysis has been traditionally done using biomass sampling to calculate biomass yield per hectare (t ha-1). Current research projects are now looking at reflectance spectroscopy methods using remote sensing systems based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Promising results in recent years prove the principal suitability of such systems for airborne monitoring of small to medium sized farmland in agricultural applications for precision agriculture, such as biomass for crops and grasslands. An imaging system in the form of a multispectral multicamera system is often used to derive well-established vegetation indices (VIs) efficiently. However, due to the use of silicon-based sensors, the spectral application range of such multi-camera systems is limited to the visible (VIS) and near-infrared (NIR) wavelength range (400-1000nm). Therefore, more robust indicators linked to biomass in the short-wave infrared (like cellulose or moisture content) cannot be considered as estimators.

In a joint research project, a team from the University of Applied Science Koblenz and the Remote Sensing and GIS group at the University of Cologne developed a UAV-based multi-camera system to collect NIR/SWIR data, to prove more robust and better-performing estimators of biomass monitoring. The system displayed in figure 1 shows a spectral camera unit (SCU) and a sensor management unit (SMU), both mounted onto a drone solution. The SCU deploys two Raptor Owl 640 M Vis-SWIR cameras enabling the coverage from 600 to 1700 nm of the electromagnetic spectrum. These camera modules were chosen because of their optimised “Size, Weight and Power” parameters. Thanks to the small form factor, the energy-efficient uncooled (TEC-less) design and the high sensitivity, these modules are ideal for integrating multiple camera modules into a lightweight, UAV-based remote sensing system for daylight operations. Another advantage is the interchangeable lens mount used for a custom filter flange solution to adapt application-specific narrow bandpass filters in the optical path.

The study aimed to validate the spectral performance and investigate spectral image data of a newly developed VNIR/SWIR multi-camera prototype for forage mass monitoring. For this purpose, aerial image data were acquired by the system on a permanent experimental grassland site near Cologne (chessboard trial), Germany, under clear sky conditions in July 2019. Spectral ground truth data were acquired with an ASD Fieldspec3 (FS3) spectroradiometer in twelve selected plots. Forage mass expressed in dry matter yield (DMY) was obtained by destructive biomass sampling 14 days after the flight date from all 156 trial plots

To evaluate the VNIR/SWIR camera system’s spectral properties, the reflectance values of the individual spectral bands, and the two derived VIs, NRI (Koppe et al. 2010)3 and GnyLi (Gnyp et al. 2014)4 , were directly compared with the corresponding FS3 values. Moreover, the camera- and FS3-based VIs were further analysed in simple linear regression models as estimators for DMY. The camera-based SLR resulted in an R2 of 0.71 to 0.75. These are promising results for a single flight date data set. However, further multi-temporal studies with advanced evaluation methods have to be carried out to confirm these results. Moreover, further estimation models for nitrogen concentration and crude protein content have to be evaluated. Evaluations for cereal crops are currently under investigation. Ultimately, these first promising evaluation results demonstrate these novel InGaAs sensors’ suitability for use in multi-camera systems for UAV-based vegetation monitoring. They provide easy-to-use data with excellent spatial resolution in the selected wavelength bands over the entire spectral range from 600 – 1700nm.

Read the full application note here

Why not discuss your potential Raptor camera application with us. Contact for more information on how to set up a Teams call!

For Editors:About Raptor Photonics

Raptor Photonics is a leading developer and supplier of next generation, high-performance digital camera solutions for the Scientific, Surveillance and Aerospace markets. Raptor offers a range of CCD, EMCCD and lnGaAs solutions.

About Quantum Design UK & Ireland / Quantum Design International Group

Quantum Design UK and Ireland is part of the Quantum Design International (QDI) group. QDI is a global laboratory equipment manufacturer. The company distributes scientific and industrial instrumentation through an international network, with subsidiaries in every major technological centre around the world. QDI’s success in distributing scientific products comes from more than 30 years’ experience in manufacturing and distributing its own industry-leading materials characterisation systems.

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UK Contact: Angela Carslake (44) 01372 378822

Thermographic Solutions for Nondestructive Testing – Versatile and Innovative

Analysing the consistency and quality of modern materials and components is becoming
increasingly important for high-tech sectors such as the automotive, electronics and
aerospace industries. As a result, infrared thermography, as an efficient method of non destructive testing (NDT), is growing steadily in its numerous applications. It allows the detection of even the smallest defects and anomalies – whether you inspect inline during the production process or in the laboratory.

Find out more about non-destructive testing here

Users benefit from the flexibility thermography offers for the analysis of materials and
material combinations by using application-specific components such as infrared cameras,
software packages, excitation units and accessories.

Infrared cameras with highest thermal sensitivity and precision

Universities, research institutes and companies worldwide rely on innovative solutions from InfraTec. They trust the
ImageIR® – a modular configurable highend infrared camera series with cooled detectors of different formats and
performance classes.

Efficient control and analysis software for NDT users

IRBIS® 3 active thermography software is a key component of our solutions for NDT. It provides convenient access to the entire process of active thermography from selecting and setting excitation parameters to data analysis.

Automated Thermographic Solutions for NDT – find out more

Possible applications of infrared cameras from InfraTec
• Testing of electronics/semiconductor material during the manufacturing process to detect shunts, oxide defects, transistor and diode defects on integrated circuits
• Quality assurance for glued, welded, soldered and other joints, blowhole detection (for example on automotive interior parts) and detection of defective weld seams / spots in the car body construction
• Assessment of impact damages, delaminations, inclusions, curing or adhesive defects in carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP)
• Inspection of solar cells and complete solar modules during the manufacturing process

See some of our examples here

Do you have questions about non-destructive testing and active thermography? Please contact Ashley Crane by email on

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