Jadak, Syracuse, NY, has released the Allegro IVD 6MP smart camera, a machine vision camera designed specifically to complete standard preanalytical tasks on a rack of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) vials. Together with its Clarity 3.0 machine vision software package, the Allegro IVD 6MP smart camera can accurately and precisely detect and screen diagnostic samples in a timely manner, eliminating waste by conducting tests on incomplete samples and reducing errors typically caused by manual processes.

The Allegro IVD 6MP smart camera includes field-programmable gate array (FPGA) capabilities, allowing parallel processing of machine vision tasks, and an onboard central processing unit (CPU) that improves the throughput of associated IVD analyzers. By capturing high-quality images and executing multiple algorithms via the FPGA and onboard CPU, without requiring an additional processor, the camera will provide actionable data to an IVD analyzer, improving speed and reducing the errors and costs associated with manual processes.

“We’re very excited about Allegro IVD 6MP,” says Kelly Holt, senior product manager at Jadak. “This new product launch marks the beginning of a number of product innovations within the machine vision division that will improve speed and accuracy for our customers within the IVD industry, a challenge that our customers have had for some time.”

The new camera extends the existing Allegro product line and is the first product launch produced in conjunction with staff from Jadak’s 2018 acquisition of Imaging Solutions Group, Rochester, NY. The acquisition extended Jadak’s machine vision capabilities, adding experts in electrical, mechanical, optical, and software engineering. Performance features of the new camera include:

  • Increased resolution of the camera allows for image acquisition even in less-than-ideal conditions.
  • Onboard LED illumination and small footprint allows the unit to be placed in a predesigned clinical analyzer.
  • Clarity 3.0 machine vision software has been updated to offer preprogrammed drivers for preanalytical tasks, including enhanced liquid level detection, cap classification, barcode decoding on trays or racks, and color calibration, all of which can be executed directly on the camera.

For further information, visit Jadak.

Featured image: Design rendering of the Allegro in vitro diagnostic 6MP smart camera from Jadak.