Disruptive Value for Professional Imaging
Emberion offers linear array and image sensor components and measurement modules for system integrators, such as original equipment manufacturers of camera and spectrometer products.
We bring our expertise in our core technologies and disruptive solutions together so that our customers can create products and services with previously unseen competitive advantage in their R&D and business processes. We can provide detectors in the security, automotive, medical imaging and industrial process/quality control sectors creating high-performance and cost-effective solutions for infrared imaging.
Spectroscopy & hyperspectral imaging
Emberion’s VIS-SWIR sensors have a wide range of applications in spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging. The wide spectral sensitivity range and the ability of SWIR light to penetrate through material layers allow inspection and analysis of material composition and structural properties, even inside packaging. Cost-competitive manufacturing, room temperature operation and the compact sensor and CMOS integrated read out circuitry integration make our VIS-SWIR technology particularly well-suited for portable, in-field analysis applications. VIS-SWIR and thermal sensor technologies can be utilized together to achieve improved selectivity, sensitivity and wider coverage of compounds in chemical imaging applications
Potential application domains include, for example, remote sensing and aerial imaging for agriculture and environmental monitoring, quality control in food or semiconductor production, recycling such as plastic sorting, non-invasive medical imaging for skin cancer and tooth decay diagnostics, and authentication of pharmaceutical products and art work. SWIR detectors allow moisture and liquid detection in contrast to visible light. Similarly, lipids and collagens have more prominent spectral features in the SWIR than in the VIS-NIR region. Hence SWIR is used in the food, beverage and woodwork industries as well as in the medical field.
Emberion’s VIS-SWIR and thermal image sensors provide vision solutions in challenging weather and limited lighting conditions. The wide-spectrum VIS-SWIR sensors can capture reflected light from natural and artificial sources with a single sensor unit. Due to their large dynamic range and non-saturating operation, they are suited for both nighttime and daytime operation.
Our MWIR and LWIR image sensors can detect objects which emit thermal radiation themselves and are warmer or cooler than their surroundings. SWIR and thermal radiation can be detected through smoke, rain and fog and therefore IR imaging offers visibility even in extremely harsh environmental conditions. As VIS-SWIR and thermal imaging technologies capture visual information of inherently different nature from the same scene, they can be utilized together in a complementary fashion.
Emberion sensors can enhance human vision in diverse rescue, security and surveillance operations, and enable night and day time vision in self-driving vehicles, commercial and public security systems, defence applications and autonomously operating robots. Our broad-spectrum VIS-SWIR detectors provide vision in very low-light conditions as they capture all wavelengths of natural night time light available up to 1800 nm. SWIR imagers can also detect objects and light sources designed to be invisible to human eyes and more commonly used VIS-NIR imagers, such as camouflage textiles and laser range finders.
VIS-SWIR imaging sensors offer insight into material and structural properties of objects and scenes which exceed human perception and are unattainable by conventional silicon-based imaging technologies. These spatial and spectral image features are the essence of any machine vision application, e.g. automated inspection, detection or classification systems. The broad spectral response range of Emberion’s VIS-SWIR sensors ensure capture of a rich spectral feature set and therefore provide better applicability and improved task performance for a more diverse set of applications.
Waste and plastic sorting, process monitoring in CMOS, glass and metal manufacturing, food quality assessments and through-package inspection are just some examples of potential machine vision applications. The broad spectral response range of Emberion sensors offers a richer set of spectral features leading to better classification performance. For example, coloured plastics can be identified and sorted more reliably when the imaging spectral region is extended into SWIR wavelengths. Emberion offers imaging sensors and modules at a competitive cost level compared to InGaAs, which makes previously cost-prohibited in-line and in-field machine vision applications feasible.
Emberion’s MWIR and LWIR thermal sensors operate at room temperature and provide a similar sensitivity as current cooled sensor technologies. The reduced imaging system size, weight and power consumption, and consequently more affordable cost and longer operation time, makes this technology ideal for various applications. Thermal imaging can be utilized for detecting objects from the background and for measuring their temperature (thermography).
In medical applications, thermography is used to compare healthy and diseased tissue using heat contrast. Non-contact measurements of electronic circuits allow rapid identification of failed assembly areas. Infrared imagers can be used for thermography in building quality inspections to determine moisture levels in roofs, to detect abnormal heating in electrical equipment, system testing, process monitoring, fault detection, remote sensing, and chemical imaging. Industrial sectors such as aerospace and automotive utilise thermography to identify the quality of products.