Dalsa Harmony Camera Design

Andrew Bogdanis and David Effa
Case revision date: 
7 pages (Case Study)
Teledyne Dalsa, headquartered in Canada, is a world leading
high performance digital imaging and semiconductor business,
providing engineering machine vision for a broad range of
applications such as medical, industrial, aerospace, and defense
systems. The Teledyne Dalsa Engineering Division provides
complete engineering solutions for all camera and semiconductor
projects. The division’s projects are diversified in both
application and industry, and can be either custom or standard
depending on the customer’s requirements. Recently, the
engineering division planned to develop a new “Harmony”
camera for industrial image inspection applications. Harmony
design is based on Dalsa’s existing camera and specifically
targets reduced production costs with comparable performance,
scalable component architecture and lower BOM (bill of
materials) cost. The project design focuses on the camera
assembly, specifically reducing fabrication costs of the Harmony
camera body components (H-Section, shown in Figure 1), while
maintaining adequate heat transfer performance. The H-section
is the structural housing to which key electronic components are
attached, and which transfers heat away from these components
via an internal heat sink bridge.
Andrew Bogdanis, a 4th year mechanical engineering student from the University of Waterloo, was asked to assess the Harmony camera H-Section parts fabrication process and perform a heat sink thermal analysis to verify conformance with requirements.

harmony camera

Figure 1 - Exploded view of the proposed Harmony camera

Learning objectives: 
This case study is intended for use in Mechanical Engineering and System Design courses covering topics such as thermodynamics and heat transfer.
After the completion of the case study the student will be able to:
  • Generate a need assessment and functional requirements
  • Design a Metal Heat Sink and analyze the design and results of the heat transfer model
  • Develop teamwork and communication skills through in-class discussions
Key words: 
Punching Fixture; forming, machining; joining; Extrusion and Punching Method
CEAB attributes: 
Design; Economics and Project Management; Problem Analysis; Use of Engineering Tools
Module 01- Case Study
Module 02 - Design Requirements and Concept
Module 03 - Thermal Design
Module 04 - Cost Saving Technology
Module TN - Teaching Note

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