Digital imaging is one of the most disruptive technologies today. It drives innovations and has become an essential tool in our daily life. Almost everybody owns a high resolution digital camera in form of a cell phone, thus cameras accompany us a significant part of our lives. They make our homes safer, control traffic, assist surgeons, provide weather information, inspect the quality of the goods we buy, help us to park our cars and they will be “the eye” of future autonomous vehicles.
So in most cases it is mandatory that the cameras operate reliably and that they deliver images of maximum quality under various conditions.
Image Engineering and TRIOPTICS both have dedicated their activities to the production of tools that help to improve the performance of digital cameras. Those are applied for calibration and optimization in R&D phase but also at the production line.
TRIOPTICS as the leading company in lens performance analysis and lens assembly recently started to supply automated systems for the assembly of camera modules. “This technology ensures optimum quality results for high resolution camera modules and minimizes rejects in the production. It’s the reason why a lot of leading camera manufacturers choose our equipment“ says Eugen Dumitrescu CEO of TRIOPTICS.
Image Engineering has followed a more system oriented approach and tests cameras as a combination of lens, sensor and image processing. The developed test methods are based on test images in combination with evaluation software. Dietmar Wueller, CEO of Image Engineering says, “we are following international standards wherever possible and play an active role in the standardization activities in ISO, IEC and IEEE. This way we became a worldwide market leader in camera system analysis.”
Tomorrow’s markets require the combination of optical measurements, alignments, system characterization and calibration to deliver the best image quality possible. Based on these requirements the two companies are engaging into a strategic partnership to jointly design and produce automated alignment and calibration systems for cameras and camera modules.
TRIOPTICS was established in 1991 in Wedel/Germany and has grown to a recognized market leader of optical test and measurement equipment. 250 highly qualified employees focus on metrology and manufacturing technology for optical systems. The characterization of image quality of objective lenses became a major product range in TRIOPTICS’ portfolio. Today, the ImageMaster series has become indispensable for the characterization of mobile phone and automotive lenses in mass production. TRIOPTICS further leads the market in essential optical metrology applications, i.e. the measurement of opto-mechanical centration and alignment of optical systems, active alignment and testing of camera modules, and the measurement of principal optical parameters of optical systems. With subsidiaries in China, France, Japan, Taiwan, the USA and South Korea TRIOPTICS offers global service and technical support and is the preferred partner for larger R&D projects related to optical metrology.
Since 1997, Image Engineering has been the worldwide leading independent test lab for image recording systems, such as digital and video cameras. Digital cameras are regularly tested for well-known photographic magazines and cameras manufacturers according to DIN and ISO standards, as well as mobile phones, camcorders, television cameras and cameras for special demands in security, automotive, and machine vision areas. After the takeover of Esser Test Charts in 2006, Image Engineering developed into the market leading producer of test equipment for digital imaging products. More than 260 different test charts are currently available for the use in photo, video and broadcasting areas.
Image Engineering is actively involved in a wide range of standardizing procedures, including ISO TC42 (Photography), IEC, SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), IEEE CPIQ (Cell Phone Image Quality), and EMVA (European Machine Vision Association). The company can proudly say that a couple of existing standards are based on technology developed by Image Engineering.