Silicon Valley start-up Tracis has partnered with manufacturer Vocas and Amsterdam rental house Camalot to develop an automated lens damage assessment system.
The new Tracis Lens Scanner will check for lens damage, including scratches, dust, fungus or cosmetic issues with the housing and barrel, providing a detailed report in under a minute.
It promises to make it quick and easy for rental houses to certify a lens’ condition before and after rental, and help resolve disputes about liability. The scanner detects damage down to 1µm, and even identifies individual lenses from their unique characteristics, to automatically compare scans taken before and after rental.
Based on a self-learning algorithm and cloud computing, Tracis will keep improving its algorithm in future, to add new features. Capital costs should be lower than that of a typical collimator. However, “there’ll be some monthly fee (because the scanner’s computation will be on our cloud infrastructure), and we know that we want to get the scanner to as many rental houses as possible - big and small,” said Tracis co-founder, Robert-Jan Huijsman.
Tracis is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 12.D51/12.D55.