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New MidOpt LP8000 Germanium DLC Coated LWIR Protective Windows

The MidOpt LP8000 Germanium Window has a DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating that is abrasion-resistant and can withstand harsh environments. It has a 7.5–12.5 micron useful range and is an ideal protective window for thermal camera enclosures. It also has an anti-reflection coating to maximize transmission when thermal imaging in the LWIR (long-wave infrared).  

The LP8000 has a very durable surface to withstand harsh environments and is designed to be resistant to corrosion, chemicals, alkalis and most acids.  It also serves to protect against abrasive airborne particles, salt water and high humidity.

Germanium is produced in single or poly crystalline form. It is a vital element used for semiconductors and IR optical components. Germanium is also widely used as a substrate in optical filters for manufacturing a versatile and very durable front optic.

Thermal Imaging Example

LP8000 features:

Like most MidOpt filters, the LP8000 is manufactured using StablEDGE™ Technology, making it far less susceptible to effects from angular shifting seen when optical filters are placed in front of short focal length (<12mm) camera lenses.

The LP800 also comes with an Anti-reflection (A/R) coating. When a ray of light passes through a glass surface, a portion of the light is reflected, resulting in a 4% transmission loss per surface. MidOpt uses anti-reflection coating on all filter designs, reducing surface reflection to less than 1%. This improves the efficiency of the vision system by increasing transmission, enhancing contrast and eliminating ghost images. The LP8000 can also transmit wavelengths in the LWIR.

LP8000 applications:

  • Thermal Imaging
  • Medical
  • Automotive
  • Pyroelectric/Thermopile
  • Flame Detection
  • Defense & Space

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MidOpt Introduces Protective Windows for Every Environment and Application

Palatine, IL. (May 28, 2020) – MidOpt introduces Protective Windows, designed to shield lenses and enclosures from dirt, dust, liquids, impact and harsh environments without sacrificing image quality. Protective Windows are useful for imaging in the ultraviolet (UV), visible (VIS) and near-infrared (NIR) spectrums. MidOpt offers a variety of glass and acrylic Protective Windows, depending on the application and environment.

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MidOpt Introduces New Backlight FluoreSHEET™

Featured in InVision

Palatine, IL. (May 28, 2020) – The Backlight fluoreSHEET™ by MidOpt is used to provide affordable, indirect illumination for machine vision applications. Unlike other backlighting technologies, the Backlight fluoreSHEET™ does not require power input. A backlighting effect is created when an orange Backlight fluoreSHEET™ is coupled with a blue LED light and a MidOpt Orange Bandpass Filter. The fluoreSHEET™ emits an orange fluorescence when a blue LED shines on it from the front. The Bandpass Filter captures the orange emission and blocks the blue LED excitation, resulting in a bright white diffuse background within a monochrome image.

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Optical filters are important components for machine vision applications. They’re used to maximize contrast, improve color, enhance subject recognition and control the light that’s reflected from the object being inspected. Midwest Optical Systems (MidOpt) sets the industry standard for filter performance, and uses a cutting-edge Robotic Assembly & Inspection System, which ensures quality and repeatability in their manufacturing and inspection process.

Consistent Quality Inspection: The MidOpt Robotic Inspection Station guarantees consistency and uniformity when inspecting scratches, digs and other cosmetic defects. A greater variety of inspection lighting is utilized, increased magnification and additional inspection steps are employed, and the variability of individual perception is removed from the inspection equation. This results in pristine optical surfaces and superior image quality.

Torque Controlled Mounting: When assembling optically flat, precision polished filters into tightly screwed down filter mounts, interferometric measurements reveal drastic deformations caused by the stress of assembly. The resulting optical distortion can significantly impact image quality. The MidOpt Robotic Assembly Station allows each filter to be gently and securely held in the filter mount by the retaining ring. After ideal torque is applied, controlled amounts of thread-locking compound are dispensed to prevent the retaining ring from shifting.

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MidOpt LP780 mentioned in Deep Learning column of Vision Systems Design

Deep learning helps detect distracted driving behavior - Featured in Vision Systems Design

Palatine, IL. (May 28, 2020) – Each camera features a Midwest Optical Systems LP780 IR longpass filter that blocks most light under 780 nm wavelengths, to make sure light is captured primarily from the IR LEDs, versus capturing ambient light. Blocking visible daylight also eliminates shadow effects in the driver’s immediate area that may interfere with the accuracy of face recognition algorithms.


About Midwest Optical Systems (MidOpt)
Midwest Optical Systems (MidOpt) has more than 30 years of experience and innovation in the fields of optical design, fabrication and inspection. MidOpt is a worldwide leader in machine vision filters and optical solutions. They are represented in over 30 countries and offer more than 3,000 cutting-edge products.