Hi, I’m David Novak, owner of Dajac Inc. I want to take a few moments to introduce myself and tell you about Dajac. I graduated from Kansas State University with a BSEE degree in 1993 and continued at KSU in a masters program the following semester. In 1994, I graduated with a MSEE degree. During my masters work, I specialized in machine vision and image processing. This was put to good use when I went to work for Hopkins Manufacturing.
At Hopkins, I helped develop multiple systems for aligning vehicle headlamps (a.k.a. aimers). These systems ranged from auto body shop versions to fully automated industrial aimers. All of these systems worked by sampling the headlamp beam pattern, analyzing it and reporting to the operator the location of the current aim and the direction in which to move the lamp to achieve a proper aim. All of these systems used custom electronics. To sample the beam pattern, some of these aimers used full featured cameras and others used simple photodiodes. Many of these units are still in use today and one is still being sold (V100).
In 1998, I left Hopkins to work for Thomson Consumer Electronics. At Thomson, I worked in the RCA television embedded control system group designing the electronics that control TV’s. This was an incredible experience that taught me the procedures and techniques required to design products that are to be mass produced. For these types of products there is very little room for design failures. This incredible experience gave me the chance to design leading edge products. When I started at Thomson, I was designing systems for analog TV, but a few years later, I was designing systems for some of the first high definition TV’s on the market. These TV’s were essentially PC’s with high end graphics processing features. In fact, they were running the Microsoft Windows CE operating system.
Shortly after I left Hopkins, they made the decision to no longer provide product to the industrial (factory) headlamp alignment market. As a result of that and the relationships I had built while at Hopkins, a company that was using the Hopkins aimer approached me about designing a new system to replace their current Hopkin’s solution. So in the year 2000, Dajac Inc. was born.
We developed the Osprey headlamp aimer which has sold to multiple companies worldwide. This original product used a PC with plug-in cards to provide I/O, capture images and control electronic screwdrivers. Over time, it became apparent that plug-in cards were far from ideal. With the ever-changing PC market, we spent a significant amount of time specifying PC’s that had the required number and types of card slots. This was a major thorn in our sides that wasn’t going away. It seemed the perfect solution was to move away from the plug-in cards, but it was impossible to find a solution that met our needs. Therefore, we designed the Expert I/O 1000 and moved to a USB camera.
Armed with these new components, we created the Osprey XT. Now, we are finally free from the nightmare of keeping up with the fast-paced PC plug-in card technology. Any PC will work.
The Expert I/O 1000 was instrumental in freeing ourselves from the PC rat race. We decided that we had to share it and have since released it as a standalone product. You’ll never find an easier to use PC controlled I/O module. It’s features are unparalleled.
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