Machine Vision Systems

Machine Vision Systems

MicroHAWK Engine

MicroHAWK Engine

  • Reliability
  • Longevity
  • Ultra-Compact
  • Highly Modular
  • Extremely Powerful
  • Modular OEM Imaging

Modular OEM Imaging Engine

The MicroHAWK® Engine offers OEMs and machine builders the industry’s smallest, most powerful, modular, and scalable smart camera platform available for solving barcode and machine vision application challenges.

The design of the MicroHAWK Engine builds upon Microscan's 30+ years of experience working with the world’s largest OEMs. MicroHAWK allows nearly endless combinations of easy-to-use software tools, optics, sensors, and processor performance to meet any OEM application requirement. Extremely small, powerful, and simple – MicroHAWK is the only solution for your embedded application.

Ultra-Compact
Measuring just 19.5 mm x 28.7 mm x 33.9 mm and weighing less than 14 g, the MicroHAWK Engine is intended for embedding inside instruments, automation machines, or on robotic equipment.

Extremely Powerful
Built around an ultra-fast microprocessor, MicroHAWK easily solves application challenges ranging from simple barcode reading to intensive machine vision inspections that typically require smart cameras 10 times its size.

Highly Modular
The MicroHAWK Engine’s comprehensive tool set – barcode reading and/or machine vision software, optics, sensor, illumination, and an IP-rated enclosure – allows you virtually unlimited flexibility in configuring your application.

Reliability and Longevity
MicroHAWK delivers both reliability and high performance with the assurance of long-term availability and support. Microscan has served the OEM/Embedded market for over 30 years and we have a sophisticated understanding of the service and support required for the lifecycle of your machine.

Scalable Vision Software
The MicroHAWK Engine runs the full suite of Microscan machine vision tools. AutoVISION software provides an intuitive interface, step-by-step guides, and a library of presets that allow easy set up and deployment. Visionscape software is available for advanced users and more complex applications.

MicroHAWK Engine: Capabilities
  • 1D/2D symbol decoding
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Symbol Quality Verification and OCV
  • Dynamic part location
  • Assembly verification
  • Dimensional measurements
   Plus Visionscape Option
  • Image transformation and scaling
  • Precision calibration
  • Custom vision tools (scripting)
  • Program Control functions
  • 50+ machine vision tools

MECHANICAL
Height: 19.5 mm (0.77")
Width: 28.7 mm (1.13”)
Length: 33.9 mm (1.33”)
Weight: 14 g (0.49 oz.)

ENVIRONMENTAL
Operating Temperature: 0° to 45° C
(32° to 113° F)
Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

SENSOR OPTIONS
Progressive scan, square pixel.
Shutter: Software adjustable 10 μs to 16.7 ms
Shutter Type: Global (WVGA, SXGA), Rolling (QSXGA)
Sensor: 1/3 inch
WVGA: CMOS 752 x 480 pixels
SXGA: CMOS 1280 x 960 pixels
QSXGA (Color): CMOS 2592 x 1944 pixels

IMAGING RATES
WVGA: Up to 52 full frames per second
SXGA: Up to 40 full frames per second
QSXGA: Up to 5 full frames per second

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS
Interface: USB 2.0 High Speed

CONNECTOR
Type: Micro-USB Type B socket
Second USB port on ZIF connector

LIGHT SOURCE
Type: High-output LEDs: 4 Red, 4 White, 2 Blue (Target Pattern), 2 Green (Green Flash on Good Read)

INDICATORS
LEDs: Power
Blue V: Target Pattern
Green Flash: Good Read/Pass

ELECTRICAL
Power: 4.75V – 5.25V

MEMORY
2GB non-volatile FLASH, 256MB RAM

CE STANDARDS
Emissions: EN 55022:2010 Class A Limits

File Type Description Download Link
MAN User Manual MicroHAWK Engine Integration Guide microhawkenginemanual.pdf
SPEC Specification Sheet MicroHAWK Engine Specification Sheet microhawkenginespecs.zip
CAD CAD File MicroHAWK Engine Drawings MicroHAWK_Engine_Drawings.zip
FWU Firmware MicroHAWK Engine Firmware Firmware_Update_Guide_MicroHAWK_MV_Engine.pdf

Vision Show 2016 Preview: MicroHAWK

Vision Show 2016 Preview: MicroHAWK

Microscan's smarter smart camera platform, MicroHAWK®, is unveiled for the first time at The Vision Show 2016 in Boston, MA. MicroHAWK combines advanced barcode reading up to complex machine vision inspection all on the world's smallest smart cameras available, ideal for embedded applications in OEM for factory automation and clinical instrumentation.

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Introduction to Machine Vision Part 2: Why Use Machine Vision?

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Introduction to Machine Vision Part 3: Key Parts of a Vision System

Introduction to Machine Vision Part 3: Key Parts of a Vision System

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