Press Release Summary:
Beacon stroboscopic spotlight illuminates 18 in. target area at 800 LUX from distance of 15 ft, making it capable of looking across the wire on papermaking machines. It can be synchronized to cameras through discreet signal triggers to record images and is designed to pinpoint specific areas on rolls and rotating machine parts for diagnostics. Unit runs up to 14 min at full power on rechargeable battery at trigger rates to 18,000 flashes/min.
Original Press Release:
Beacon From Unilux Projects Powerful New Spotlight On Paper Industry
Saddle Brook, NJ May 17, 2004 -- Unilux (www.unilux.com) is projecting farther than the eye can see with the introduction of the Beacon, a powerful new spotlight and latest addition to its new family of stroboscopic surface inspection lighting systems. The Beacon can illuminate a 0.5-meter (18-inch) target area at 800 LUX from a distance of 5m (15 ft), making it capable of looking across the wire on most papermaking machines.
"Users will need to use binoculars or look through a camera or video recorder with a zoom lens to see the detail this light can provide," said Mike Simonis, president, Unilux. "This is by far the brightest light of its kind on the market, and it's something our customers in the mills and felt-and-wire technicians have requested most often. Obviously, we are more than happy to make their wish come true."
Similar in size, weight and power consumption to the proven Miti-Lite, the new Beacon can illuminate a specific more than 10 times brighter than the Miti-Lite because it has the spotlight capability instead of the floodlight capability. The Beacon can be synchronized to cameras through discreet signal triggers to record images for later study. It also is designed to pinpoint specific areas on rolls and rotating machine parts for diagnostics. The Beacon can run for up to 14 minutes at full power or 28 minutes at half power on its rechargeable battery at trigger rates up to 18,000 flashes per minute.
In the paper industry, Unilux enables mill operators to find defects in formation, edge integrity and dewatering, and it enables mill maintenance and felt-and-wire technicians to monitor equipment start-up and performance - all in real time at full operating speeds. It does this by using the stroboscopic effect to "freeze" images, giving personnel a stop-action view of the process or mechanical operation. Flaws and defects stand out, and personnel can use their knowledge of the product, process and equipment to determine the cause of the problem and its solution.
"Beacon's more powerful projection comes from a new lamp and reflector design to specifically focus more concentrated light over a longer distance," said John Banek, vice president, engineering. "Its construction is very similar to a sealed beam headlight for an automobile, but the optics are what really makes the light work. We worked very closely with our lamp manufacturer to create the combination that converted the world's most powerful hand-held inspection light from a floodlight to a spotlight."
Unilux Inc., headquartered in Saddle Brook, NJ, has more than 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of industrial surface inspection lighting systems for the printing/converting, metals and papermaking industries and heavy-duty strobe lighting systems for the film and video industry. Unilux currently has sales representatives in 29 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa along with four service centers. For additional information, contact Unilux, Inc., 59 North Fifth St., Saddle Brook, NJ 07663 USA. Phone: 800-522-0801 (US only) 201-712-1266 (Worldwide) Fax: 201-712-1366 Internet: www.unilux.com.