Imperx is getting ready to celebrate being around for 17 years and has just launched a new series of cameras. This is a company that can boast that it has more cameras flying in low earth orbit than all other companies combined. Chief Financial Officer Gregory Pangburn provided an update
In the beginning of 2018, Imperx introduced the new Tiger series of cameras to its line of advanced digital CCD cameras, with resolutions up to 47MP, which raises the image quality bar by leveraging advanced thermal design with optional forced air cooling for supreme sensitivity and dynamic range in industrial, medical, and inspection applications.
Like the Bobcat series, Tiger cameras offer a variety of models, high quality digital images, flexibility and dependability. The series has several improvements and new capabilities such as a new imaging platform with the latest sensor design and component technology, resolutions up to 47MP, improved NIR sensitivity sensors, lower power requirements, reduced noise, support for active/ passive Canon EOS lens and simplified feature sets for easier use.
Gregory said: “The remarkable Tiger cameras use larger, faster sensors (4/3” to 57mm optical formats) and advanced processing technology to meet ever more demanding applications. Camera resolutions include 47, 29, 16, 8.6, 8, and 4 megapixels and offer a broadrange of frame rates. Ruggedized and Industrial versions assure performance and value. Ruggedized versions are made for tougher environments and applications, wider temperatures (-40C to +85C), and greater shock and vibration. Industrial versions are made to be durable in a wide range of applications, are ideal for commercial temperatures (-10C to +60C) and are very flexible in terms of their programming.”
As for the company’s impact in the market, Gregory added: “There are two predominant business models in the industrial camera world, low cost/high volume and high value/low volume. Imperx by design lives in the latter category.
Where the high-volume players produce 50,000-250,000 cameras per year, Imperx produces 3,000 to 4,000 cameras per year. In terms of revenue and camera volume we are quite low on the list. Where we are ranked number one is in the demanding fields of space based imaging, PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry), flat panel inspection and other very demanding applications. In short, our cameras are designed to the highest level of image quality and data, and to operate in extreme environments. For instance, we have more cameras flying in LEO (low earth orbit) than all other companies combined.”
When it comes to engagement in the market, Gregory added: “All Atlas V and Delta IV rockets use Imperx cameras exclusively. Our Bobcat series of cameras have a >660,000 hour MTBF (mean time between failure) design. This is the highest in the camera industry.
“The Navy and NASA have tested several of our camera models at temperatures from -50C to +105C. They work. We also have DO-160G compliance reports for two of our camera models. DO-160G is required for commercial aircraft. We’re the only industrial camera maker that has cameras certified by an independent lab to DO-160G.”
Imperx was founded in Boca Raton, Florida on July 20, 2001. The company has grown rapidly and now has an annual turnover of $15- 20m, with 58 full-time employees.
The Boca Raton HQ handles administration, sales and marketing, product design and US manufacturing, with 33 members of staff. Mechanicals are manufactured at the company’s Bulgaria facility which employs nine. There is also
an office in Bulgaria, which employs seven, where they test subassemblies and make cameras for Europe and Asia. There are also nine software and firmware engineers at the company’s Korolev, Russian office.
So where does the future lie for Imperx. Gregory explained: “Imperx cameras are HIGHLY reliable for two reasons. We use only Industrial grade components and we design for ruggedization and long life. Those design and production criteria cost more but because of them, we’ve been able to carve out a nice niche in the camera market and have been profitable since 2005. Imperx plans to continue with our commitment to the highest quality products at prices that are right for any budget. Stay tuned to find out what’s next for Imperx in 2018 and onward. “
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