Pocket-Sized Unilux Pixel Packs Portable Inspection Power

July 9, 2008
Unilux, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of industrial stroboscopic inspection systems, has introduced the Pocket Pixel, a pocket-sized, battery-powered pulsed LED light for high-speed industrial inspection applications, including plant maintenance, printing and converting and textile manufacturing. The Pixel uses its unique reflector design to focus 30-percent-brighter light than conventional Xenon industrial strobe lights on fast-moving machinery components and doubles the output of any other LED strobe in its class. “LED strobes deliver the same functionality of traditional Xenon strobe but are more effective because the light gets brighter as the pulse duration increases or the pulse rate goes up,” said Michael Simonis, president, Unilux. “With the reflector on our pocket-sized design, we’re able to use eight LED lamps to get enough power out of them at low flash rates and low pulse duration (under 50 micro-seconds) to be highly effective wherever strobe lights are used. For textile manufacturing and plant maintenance applications, that can include monitoring a variety of moving parts, and for printing and converting, that can include monitoring the linear motion of packages and bottles and press registration.. “The Pocket Pixel allows flash rates up to 50,000 flashes per minute, far beyond what an ordinary strobe can do,” he continued. “And while a Xenon strobe typically has a very short flash – 10 to 100 microseconds – the Pixel allows users to adjust a flash duration from 10 to 250 microseconds. Shorter flash durations minimize the blur of whatever you’re watching, while longer durations provide more light. Users can set the Pocket Pixel flash rate to automatically adjust proportionately to the flash rate, giving the best balance in light intensity and flash duration.” The Pocket Pixel has a higher uptime potential than Xenon strobes because the standard LED lamp life is three to five years, and even if one of its eight lamps burns out, the unit produces enough light to perform inspection duties. When the single lamp of a Xenon strobe burns out, inspections must be suspended until the lamp is replaced. The Pocket Pixel can run for up to two hours continuously using rechargeable NiCad batteries. Unlike traditional Xenon strobes, the Pixel’s sustainable, eco-friendly LED lamps do not emit ozone or UV rays, have minimal disposal requirements and consume less energy in operation. The Pocket Pixel can be used as a handheld unit or mounted on an articulating arm or a selection of swivel mounts. Mounting permits continuous use with an AC converter.Power Input • 12 Volts DC; 12 watts max Triggering Internal • Continuous adjustment from 300-50,000 F/M Physical • 147.24 mm x 89 mm x 25 mm, 0.28 kg Light Output Illumination • 129 Lux at 30 cm at 6000 F/M @ 50 uS on time • 172 Lux at 30 cm at 6000 F/M @ 100 uS on time Flash Duration • Variable from 10 up to 250 microseconds Environmental • Continuous operating temperature range: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) • Humidity: 95% noncondensing