A motion analyzer is used to capture images from a high speed video camera and store the images in real-time for
review. Once the images are stored, they may be reviewed in slow motion while quantitative measurements can be
made for analysis. Motion analyzers are powerful tools for industry and science for viewing high-speed subjects. A
subject could be virtual anything which moves faster than the eye can perceive. Industrial imaging of high speed
subjects can provide the understanding for improving quality, trouble-shooting a problem, increasing capacity, reducing
set-up time, and advancing research. Companies throughout the world are using motion analyzers to remain
The evolution of motion analyzer technology can be delineated by frame rate and the sophistication of features. There
have been three generations over the last three decades. This year, the start of a new decade, a 4th generation motion
analyzer is now available.
This high speed motion analyzer was announced at Hannover, Germany this year. It provides the end user with new
analysis opportunities not before feasible. Previous generations of motion analyzers have been limited in their recording
techniques. Based on industrial experience with motion analysis, new image capturing techniques have been
developed. These image capturing techniques are well suited for imaging repetitive processes, continuous flow
processes, controlled events, uncontrolled events and varying demand events.
This paper will describe the technical evolution of motion analyzers including the new 4th generation. Key features
and technologies in this 4th generation motion analyzer will be described. The basic image capture techniques will
be explained along with the motion analyzer's architecture. Also, an overview of new opportunities for analysis on
difficult applications that previous motion analyzer generations have not satisfied.© (1991) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.