Camera System Configuration

Our modular cameras are configurable to provide the optimal image for a given welding application, and our modular systems are also configurable so that you can reliably integrate a camera into your equipment, use the welding video in the most effective ways and display it in all of your desired locations. Some of our standard configurations are shown on our website; you can also browse our FAQs below to learn more. If you have questions about camera models, camera mounts, system layouts or any specifications, contact us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between A, B, C and D optics?
    For SAW or inspection, color A optics are selected. Monochrome (B and D) cameras provide greater light sensitivity, increased arc suppression and sharper images than color open-arc (C) cameras. Monochrome cameras are ideal for tracking applications where a wide field of view is essential. For some TIG/PAW and LBW applications, a color (C) image may be preferred. A: Color suitable for SAW or inspection systems. B: Monochrome suitable for most processes (GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, PAW) to provide the highest arc attenuation. C: Color suitable for GTAW and PAW. Generally recommended for tungsten definition and monitoring of in-groove welds. D: Monochrome image for LBW configured to view the positioning laser.
  • How do I select a lens?
    Selecting the right lens depends on your camera model and the working distance and field of view requirements that your application necessitates. For most applications, we suggest a field of view that's 3-5x the weld width. Contact MeltTools for personalized assistance.
  • What types of spatter shields or protective windows are available?
    Certain camera models, like the DART2, APEX3, and TD22, feature a replaceable protective window. The protective windows are generally available in two grades: 1) A borosilicate glass protective window is designed to withstand high temperatures and also provides better image quality. However, welding spatter will tend to adhere to glass. 2) A polycarbonate protective window offers better resistance against spatter and is more economical, but image quality is slightly reduced compared to the image quality when utilizing a glass protective window.
  • What are the power requirements for your camera systems?
    Most of our camera systems are powered via a single cable from their respective controllers. We provide an international wall mounted power supply that works with 110-240V, 50-60Hz. Please check your product manual or contact us for specific power requirements.
  • How does your camera handle interference from other industrial equipment?
    Our camera systems are designed with robust shielding to minimize electromagnetic and radio frequency interference, ensuring consistent performance even in densely packed industrial environments.
  • What types of monitors are compatible with MeltView camera systems?
    Our direct-to-monitor systems are compatible with FHD SDI monitors. The PXC and PXCC1 controllers also have an HDMI output. We offer durable, cost-effective monitors that have been tested and proven effective for various applications. These are typically framed in metal and often protected with glass, and they are available in different sizes for display of 1-4 cameras.
  • Is it possible to view feeds from multiple cameras on a single monitor?
    MeltTools offers specialized monitors that can display feeds from up to four cameras. Alternatively you may purchase a DVR or USB frame grabber from us and follow our instructions to set up RSTP streaming if you want to record video and/or display over a network.
  • Can I use a MeltView camera alongside on overview camera?
    Yes, both camera types can work together to provide a comprehensive view of your work environment. We can incorporate and inspection camera into your MeltView camera system or you can independently purchase this type of overview camera.
  • Can I record audio with the welding video?
    Certainly. In our APEX3 systems, we incorporate an off-the-shelf microphone and record to our recommended software. We have also developed a microphone solution for applications where the operator needs to monitor processes like GMAW remotely.
  • Does MeltTools offer wireless camera setups?
    Yes, for details on our wireless options, please contact us.
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