XVC Weld Camera

Weld Camera Captures Total Solar Eclipse

Xiris Automation Inc.
Written by Xiris Automation Inc. on April 18, 2024

Using the Xiris Weld Cameras stationed in Burlington and Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, we set out to capture an extraordinary event: the total solar eclipse 2024

Our XVC 1100 Xiris camera, designed for welding and without filters, ensured safe filming, even in the face of intense sunlight. precision.



Fig. 1: Xiris Cameras and monitors

Why total solar eclipse cause damage to a regular camera


The decision to use a Weld Camera was not arbitrary. During a solar eclipse, the sun's light is concentrated and intensified, posing a significant risk to conventional cameras. While the sun's light is typically diffuse during normal days, during an eclipse, it becomes focused and intensified as it passes through the moon's small silhouette.

This concentrated sunlight can quickly overheat and damage a camera's image sensor, as well as other internal components like the mirror and shutter. Even the camera lens can act as a magnifying glass, further concentrating the light and risking permanent damage.

Pointing a camera directly at the sun, even for a brief moment, can spell disaster for its delicate electronics.

This risk extends to all types of cameras, including DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even smartphone cameras, with the latter being especially vulnerable due to their small lenses and sensors.

Unlike standard cameras, the Xiris Weld Camera, particularly the XVC 1100 model, is engineered to withstand intense brightness, like the light from a welding arc. 



What features make the Xiris Weld Camera suitable for a range of applications, including welding processes and Additive Manufacturing?


The XVC-1000 and XVC-1100, monochrome and color versions respectively, boast a remarkable 140+ dB High Dynamic Range capability and a host of unique features. Controlled by an on-board FPGA, the camera manages all functionality, from on-camera image processing to Area of Interest (AOI) and Picture in Picture (PIP) functions.

This versatility extends to its compatibility with a wide array of C mount optics and accessories, making it an ideal choice for various welding processes and Additive Manufacturing applications.

Moreover, the Xiris Weld Camera offers hardware/software triggering, enabling synchronization with external devices such as welding power supplies or other cameras.

Supported modes include free running, external, and single-shot triggering, with the option for trigger delay.

This level of control and adaptability ensures seamless integration into diverse environments, from research and development to training and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) applications.


Fig 2: Xiris Team





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