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Stroboscope Video Insights

Practical applications for White and UV strobes in the Printing and Converting Industries.
As Flexographic speeds increase and the use of hybrid substrates in packaging are added, on-press strobe inspections are becoming mandatory to meet the demand. Using a pure white strobe flash,  allows the QC inspector to ‘freeze-frame’ a position on press to determine its color quality, ink density, tint screens, and registration. 
How to use a Strobe and Laser Tachometer for speed measurement
Using the Nova-Pro integrated laser guided tachometer to synchronize a strobes' flash rate
Learn how to manually synchronize a strobe to a rotation speed, and why to use the Laser Tachometer feature. Strobes are useful tools for measuring speed. Strobes can freeze-frame or stop-action moving objects when their flash rates match the speed of the object movement. The use of Monarch Instruments' laser guided synchronizing feature sets the flash rate of the strobe instantaneously to the speed of the object, and will adjust the flash rate as the rotational speed fluctuates.
What is Virtual RPM, Phase and Time Delay with Nova-Pro stroboscope?
Technical Notes on using advanced stroboscopic, or Strobe Techniques, for Phase Delay, Time Delay, and Virtual Revolutions Per Minute VPRM. This HOW TO guide outlines the process steps and application reasons for using these features. Video examples show the difference between Phase Delay and Time Delay, and why to use Virtual RPM, also know as Slow Motion, Slo-Mo, and Reverse Motion when working with Rotating, Linear Traveling Movement, and Reciprocating Motion in Printing, Converting, Sorting, Counting, Inspection, and Quality Assurance Control, for human visual assessment and camera vision systems. Video examples demonstrate the Nova-Pro® Strobe stroboscopic stop action, freeze frame, how to use and why it is effective in process manufacturing and inspection.
The IllumiNova® Stroboscope Applications and Features
For more than 30  years we have been designing and manufacturing stroboscopic handheld and fixed mounted strobes for Human-eye, Camera-Vision and the Predictive Maintenance industries. Using LED lighting, precision electronics, and a variety of colored wavelengths including ultraviolet we optimize illumination contrast for maximum clarity in each application.
Using the Monarch Strobe REPEAT and JOG/DELAY Feature for Printing and Converting
Understanding the Repeat and Jog/Delay features for Narrow Web and Label Flexographic Printing. Viewing individual repeat patterns with a strobe when using different repeat quantities on the same sheet. How to view the first, second, and consecutive label impressions in a row using the Jog/Delay feature.
Cross Field Lighting techniques with strobes for inspection
Examples of using stroboscopes for inspection with cross field lighting for human eye and camera vision systems. By lighting from Bright Field (frontal), Dark Field (side lighting), and Backlighting (rear illumination) in a near-simultaneous sequence the combined illumination provides unique visualizations for process manufacturing quality inspectors.
Turn your Stroboscope into a Laser Sensor Tachometer
To get the most accurate speed measurements of rotating and reciprocating movements, consider an optical laser sensor for triggering the strobe, thereby taking the guesswork out of flash rates and providing dead-stop freeze-frame visualizations.
The Nova-Pro® by Monarch Instrument has an integral laser sensor that can be used with the 100, 300, and 500 models. This simple proprietary module can be changed in seconds and is auto-sensed by the Nova-Pro on-screen user interface, making the Nova-Pro Stroboscope the easiest, most accurate speed assessment tool available.
Strobe and Vibration Analysis
Using a Nova-Pro® handheld stroboscope from Monarch Instrument, V-TEK demonstrates resonant frequencies inherent in machine vibration and vibration analysis. By matching the rotation frequency of the  MVAT6-01 the strobe flashing ‘freeze frames’ or creates an optical stop-motion of the rotor. This also captures the cantilever beam which is moving in resonant harmonics with the machine vibration.
By adjusting the strobes flash rate (1822 fpm – 1862 fpm) while the rotation of the machine is a constant (1844 rpm), the strobe illustrates ‘Virtual Slow Motion’ both in forward and reverse rotation. Note the cantilever beam’s swaying movement. Many of our customer's use the Virtual Slow Motion features built into all Nova-Pro® and illumiNova™ strobes to visualize a condition which appears during a rotation or reciprocating action of a machine.
How does an Ultraviolet UV Strobe work with printing and converting equipment?
Many manufacturers are utilizing multi-colored UV inks to combat counterfeiting in consumer packaged goods across a wide range of industries. This is also true with personal security documents and financial notes. In addition, process manufacturers take advantage of “invisible inks”, these printed ultraviolet indicators, for marking Pharmaceutical goods and as colored additives in adhesives used in flexible packaging goods where quality control measures are applied during the high-speed manufacturing process. The use of Ultraviolet wavelength strobes allows for stop-motion visualization for both human-vision and camera vision systems. Ultraviolet (UV) LED illuminating strobes are used in Printing and Converting Both offset and flexography, Process Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Flexible Packaging, Secure Document Validation, Financial Reporting, and also for Non-destructive Testing (NDT) when combined with fluorescing penetrants
Why do I need a portable strobe and which one is right for my stop-action and speed applications?
View this select set of Professional Choice stroboscopic visualization and test measurement instruments for an array of industry applications. Contact for help in understanding features such as: Phase Delay, Slow Motion Strobe, Virtual RPM, Phase Degree Shift, Laser Light Tachometer Synchronization, and how the Monarch Instrument LED Technology makes the difference for Professionals like yourself.
Infrared Stroboscopic Technology and Life Sciences
Monarch Instrument Infrared Stroboscopic Technology and FASTEC high-speed camera frame rates are used for intricate animal life studies at US research facilities. By eliminating the use of high-intensity invasive, illumination sources, the IR camera and strobe can illustrate the natural occurrence of life inside these high-speed environments where they interact. By synchronizing the strobe flash and camera frame rates, breathtaking freeze-frame moments are captured in a steady stream of visual imagery with the sharpest of details.
Strobes in Process Manufacturing and Camera Vision Systems
"How it’s made" features a Monarch Instrument strobe in a  high-speed, high-volume manufacturing and canning facility. Monarch Instrument’s line of handheld strobes has been the Professionals Choice for over thirty years Featured in this video clip, the industry work-horse BBX illustrates freeze-frame visualizations for online inspectors. Through the use of brilliant white LEDs we can now provide Camera Vision Systems with millisecond pulse widths, brighter illumination, and perfectly synchronized strobes to meet the demanding requirements of the highest speed production systems.
illumiNOVA strobe slows high-speed precision 3D printer with Virtual RPM image capture for video
In partnership with Solidscape 3D Additive Printing Technologies and New Sky Productions the illumiNova® stroboscope captures the perfection of drop-by-drop deposition at 32,000 frames per second using a slow-motion Virtual Frames Per Second (FPS) setting of 11°.  Solidscape's high-precision additive materials 3D printers provide the highest level of detail for investment castings and miniature 3d models.
Compact Smart Laser Sensor and illumiNova Stroboscope Technology
The Monarch Instrument Compact Smart Laser Sensor is an optical sensor with both digital pulse and analog outputs, for non-contact reference signals used with Stroboscopes and Vibration Analyzers. The CSLS will recognize surface irregularities found on rotating shafts and linear moving webs, where embedded targets or areas of contrasting light values are perceived. It is sensitive enough to recognize a signal up to 65 feet away and can easily work with an angle of offset between 45 degrees to 75 degrees. 
How to use a strobe  to determine the speed of a rotating device
Learn how to manually synchronize a strobe to a rotation speed, and also use the Laser Tachometer feature. Strobes are useful tools for measuring speed. Strobes can freeze-frame or stop-action moving objects when their flash rates match the speed of the object movement. The use of Monarch Instruments' laser guided synchronizing feature sets the flash rate of the strobe instantaneously to the speed of the object, and will adjust the flash rate as the rotational speed fluctuates.

Stroboscopes and  Entertainment

National Geographic and Monarch Instrument Strobe Technology
Using IllumiNOVA™ stroboscopic technology we helped create a reverse waterfall technique as a special illusion designed for the National Geographic Encounter : Ocean Odyssey. This stroboscopic technique is also used in Disney’s Toy Story Disneyland Zoetrope,  Ripley’s Museum, and similar levitating water displays.
Monarch Instrument is proud to be part of the magic and mystery in the immersive world created by National Geographic Encounter : Ocean Odyssey – a must-see undersea adventure in the heart of Times Square New York. A truly remarkable interactive experience with subaquatic imagery that washes over without you getting wet.  For more information :
Stroboscopic flashes create frame-by-frame animation with water droplets.
Gatorade™ recognizing the human body is made up of 60% water with; the brain, heart, and lungs needing 75% to 85%, illustrate the importance of hydration in athletic activities effectively in this video advertisement featuring their Active® sports drink.
By creating characters exclusively out of a three-dimensional matrix of water droplets, they are released from a ‘rain machine’ in individual frames that correspond to motion-captured data derived from live-action athletes.
By synchronizing their release, the acceleration rate of gravity, the camera frame rate, and strobe lights flashing in millisecond precision, the characters “freeze in time and motion”, creating a breathtaking illusion in space. 
Pixar's Zoetrope using Strobe Technology
Excellent example of using a stroboscope and 3D models to stimulate the human eye Persistence of Vision which generates a looping animation of smooth movement.
4-Mation 3D Zoetrope Fish eating Fish
This Zoetrope animation sets the carousel rotation speed to align with the camera frame rate, to capture that moment in time for the animation illusion. This is the same principle when using a strobe but without the 'banding' that is created when the strobes flash rate, rotation, and camera frame rate are not all at the same speed.
Levitating Water - The INFICO Design
Popular use of strobes and water droplets for decorative architectural effects.
Levitating Water Drops - Done as an RGB Time Fountain - Isaac879
This projects demonstrates the construction and technology behind the RGB LED Time Fountain. It uses RGB LED strip lights to strobe a stream of water drops to make them appear as if they are levitating. By strobing the different colours out of phase with each other some incredible effects can be created.

Tachometer Insights

PT99 Product Review - Realtime
Measure RPMs! Monarch PT99 Digital Non-Contact Optical Tachometer
Thinking about a handheld non-contact laser tachometer? This unsolicited review of the PT99 features, with examples of relative applications, is a great place to start. See other product reviews at:
Using a PLT200 Tachometer and Stroboscope for Roto-Flapper Peening 
EI Shot Peening Training
The use of a Monarch Instrument PLT 200 to establish the mandatory RPM for handheld Flapper Peening, and a handheld strobe for visualization of the tool while under load. With a required speed of 4200 RPM the PLT 200 and handheld strobe make it easy for the technician to set and maintain the necessary parameters for the peening tool.
Portable PLT200 Tachometer Unboxing (Spanish) - Industria Zamtsu
PLT200 is a portable tachometer, which operates up to 7.62 meters from a reflective tape using a laser light source. The ergonomic design allows observation of the direct safety line of sight of both the lens and the screen at the same time, while providing a non-slip rubber surface for one-handed operation.
Tachometer validates high-speed CD drives and "exploding CD" problem - MythBuster episode
As a highly trusted instrument, we find ourselves in good hands once again, and come to the aid of the infamous MythBusters as they try to prove conventional wisdoms through science and technology. In this episode, the Monarch Instrument PT 100 Handheld Tachometer takes on exploding CDs as they attain a critical velocity of rotation and destruct into hundreds of shards traveling at over 700 MPH. Out to prove the premise of a 52X CD drive as being catastrophic for CDs and possibly harmful to humans, the MythBusters measure the speeds in their pathway to “mass destruction”.
PLT200 Tachometer provides critical precision necessary for 60 MPH test - MythBuster episode
As a highly trusted instrument, we find ourselves in good hands once again, and come to the aid of the infamous MythBusters as they try to prove conventional wisdoms through science and technology. In this episode, the Monarch Instrument PT200 solves the exacting timing issue between two objects traveling in opposite directions at 60 miles per hour. The hypothesis of the ‘myth’ requires meticulous timing and speed accuracies to ± 1% to be successful. The PT200 has an accuracy of ± 0.01% when using its reflective target, even in high ambient light conditions.

Tachometer records figure skater spinning RPM for Guinness World Record.
The World Record was recorded and validated by the Guinness Book in 1992 when Natalia Kanounnikova set the record that lasted until 2015. The go-to choice of the Guinness World Records was the Monarch Instrument Digital Optical Tachometer PT99, as demonstrated in the NBC Today Show clip.

Portable PLT200 Tachometer Unboxing (Spanish) -ZAMTSU CORPORACION
Range 5 to 20000 RPM.  |  Operation Up to 7.62 meters away from the reflective tape.  |  Remote sensor connection (optional).  |  TTL pulse output.  |  Auto range, decimal setting (selected by the user).Measurement in English or metric units.  |  High resolution in totalizer mode (measuring lengths in millimeters).  |  Linear speed measurement.  |  N.I.S.T. Calibration Certificate.