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Safety Instructions (blaze)#

Read the information in this topic carefully before installing and using a Basler blaze camera.

Basler can't be held responsible for any damage or injury due to incorrect handling of the product and ignoring the safety instructions.

General Safety Notices#

WARNING – Electric Shock Hazard

Unapproved power supplies may cause electric shock. Serious injury or death may occur.

You must use a camera power supply that meets the Safety Extra Low Voltage (SELV) and Limited Power Source (LPS) requirements.

WARNING – Fire Hazard

Unapproved power supplies may cause fire and burns.

You must use a camera power supply that meets the Limited Power Source (LPS) requirements.

WARNING – Laser Safety Instructions Laser Safety

To avoid injuries, always follow these safety instructions:

  • The camera contains no serviceable parts. Unauthorized modification or operation in a fully or partially disassembled state are prohibited.
  • The camera should be handled with care. Don't expose it to environmental conditions outside the specifications. Don't drop it, subject it to heavy mechanical shock, or expose it to extreme temperatures, intense vibration, or humidity.
  • If there is reason to believe that safe operation is no longer possible, put the camera out of operation and secure it against unintended use. In particular, safe operation is no longer possible in the following situations:
    • The camera shows visible damage (especially to a diffusor or the cover glass of the laser aperture).
    • The camera no longer works as intended.
WARNING – Don't operate the camera when a diffusor shows signs of damage.

If a diffusor is missing or damaged, the accessible emission can exceed the safe limits of a Class 1 laser product.

In this case, safe operation is no longer possible. In particular, there is a risk of thermally induced injury to the retina and the cornea of the eye even during short-term exposure. Also, there is a possibility of long-term effects on the lens of the eye (cataractogenesis).

WARNING – Don't operate the camera when the cover glass in front of the laser aperture shows signs of damage.

If the glass is damaged, safe operation is no longer possible. In particular, there is a risk of burns to the skin or the anterior parts of the eye.

CAUTION – Allergy Warning

The nickel coating of Basler blaze cameras may cause allergies or allergic reactions.

  • If you already have a nickel allergy, avoid contact.
  • To avoid developing an allergy, avoid prolonged skin contact.
  • Implement the applicable health and safety measures.
NOTICE – Extreme temperatures can damage the camera.

To avoid damaging the camera and to achieve optimum performance, observe the maximum and minimum housing temperatures set out in the "Environmental Requirements" section of your camera model topic.

NOTICE – Shock and vibration beyond the specified limits can damage the camera.

The camera has been subjected to and passed the following shock and vibration tests:

  • Sine sweep test according to DIN EN 60068-2-6
    Test parameters (x/y/z): 10 sweeps, 10–58 Hz/±1,5 mm; 58–50 Hz/20 g; 1 oct./min
  • Shock test according to DIN EN 60068-2-27
    Test parameters (x/y/z): 100 shocks @ 20 g/11 ms; pos./neg.
  • ESS according to DIN EN 60068-2-64
    Test parameters (x/y/z): 15–500 Hz/0.05 PSD (ESS standard profile); 00:30 h

Subjecting the camera to forces beyond these conditions can damage vital parts of the camera, e.g., diffusors. This can render the camera unsafe for use.

NOTICE – Voltage outside of the specified range may damage the camera.

You must supply camera and I/O power within the safe operating voltage ranges given in the camera specification.

NOTICE – Using incorrect plugs may damage the I/O connector.

The plug on the cable that you attach to the camera's 6-pin I/O connector must have 6 female pins. Using a plug designed for a smaller or a larger number of pins may damage the connector.

NOTICE – Handling of the Camera
  • Don't try to alter the position of the lens.
    Each camera is geometrically calibrated at the factory to enable the camera to achieve precise measurements. As a result, the lens is fixed on the camera at a specific distance from the sensor and secured. Trying to alter the position of the lens in any way will result in this calibration being lost and will lead to incorrect measurements.
  • Don't open the camera housing. Touching internal components may damage them.
  • If the camera is not in use, store it in its original packaging.
NOTICE – Cleaning of the Camera Housing

To clean the surface of the camera housing:

  • Do not use solvents or thinners; they can damage the surface.Use a soft, dry cloth that won't generate static during cleaning (cotton is a good choice).
  • To remove tough stains, use a soft cloth dampened with a small amount of neutral detergent; then wipe dry.
  • Make sure that the detergent has evaporated after cleaning, before reconnecting the camera to power.

Observe the following:

  • Don't operate the camera in a fully or partially disassembled state.
  • Don't remove any of the camera's labels.
  • Prevent ingress or insertion of foreign substances into the camera housing. If operated with any foreign substances inside, the camera may fail or cause a fire.
  • Don't operate the camera in the vicinity of strong electromagnetic fields. Avoid electrostatic discharge (ESD). For more information, see Avoiding EMI and ESD Problems (blaze).
  • Transport the camera in its original packaging only. Don't discard the packaging.
  • Only use water, alcohol, or neutral cleaning agents when cleaning the camera; other cleaning agents can damage the surface finish. Follow the cleaning instructions.
  • Before using the camera, carefully read this document and observe the safety information.

Conformity, Intended Use, and Authorized Users#

General Information#

Life Support Applications#

These products are not designed for use in life support appliances, devices, or systems where malfunction of these products can reasonably be expected to result in personal injury. Basler customers using or selling these products for use in such applications do so at their own risk and agree to fully indemnify Basler for any damages resulting from such improper use or sale.

For Customers in the USA#

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

The shielded cables recommended in this manual must be used with this equipment in order to comply with the limits for a computing device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.

For Customers in Canada#

This apparatus complies with the Class A limits for radio noise emissions set out in Radio Interference Regulations.

Pour utilisateurs au Canada#

Cet appareil est conforme aux normes Classe A pour bruits radioélectriques, spécifiées dans le Règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique.

Intended Use of Basler blaze Cameras#

Basler blaze cameras are a time-of-flight 3D camera. It can resolve the distance between the subject and the camera by measuring the round trip time of light pulses emitted by the camera's integrated laser light source. Light pulses are sent out by the laser light source, reflected from the subject and detected by the camera's image sensor. For each point of the image, distances are calculated based on the round trip time of the light.

The camera is used for machine vision applications.

Temperature and humidity requirements apply as detailed in the "Environmental Requirements" section of your camera model topic. All relevant product documentation must be observed, including directions for correct camera use.

The camera must not be used for the following:

  • Purposes and installations requiring special camera certification other than mentioned in the Basler Product Documentation.
  • Purposes and installations requiring specific design and precautions for use under harsh conditions.

If in doubt whether a specific camera is compatible with certain operating conditions and uses, contact your salesperson.

Authorized Users for Basler blaze Cameras#

Basler digital cameras for machine vision are designed for use by professionals only, concerned with the following tasks:

  • Selection of cameras for use
  • Camera integration and setup
  • Everyday camera use

The Basler Product Documentation assumes the skills of electrical engineers, systems engineers, mechatronics engineers, technicians, and information technology engineers.

Camera use is not allowed for persons with insufficient skills or with impairments that prevent them from doing the following tasks:

  • Using cameras correctly
  • Adhering to the safety instructions
  • Fully understanding all relevant camera documentation