Blend plate motorization

Automatic switching between optimal day and night settings

This product is an option of the following products
Galaxy NW-12 EX, Galaxy NW-12 MK I, Galaxy NW-7 EX, Galaxy NW-7 MK I

About Blend plate motorization

Creating perfect blends, while maintaining optimum optical quality in multiple projector display systems, can be a daunting and time-consuming task. During day mode the image needs to be as bright as possible with very sharp images; this is best achieved through ESEM (Electronic Soft Edge Matching) as no additional element is inserted in the optical path. During night mode double blacks need to be avoided while still preserving the system’s overall contrast ratio; this is best achieved through OSEM (Optical Soft Edge Matching) using custom blend plates to render perfect blends.
Although those blend plates can also be used for day modes, they age faster under high-light conditions (approximately four-fold) and add another optical element in the stack reducing the overall brightness and contrast ratio. With Barco’s blend plate motorization the best of both worlds can now be combined to offer the best blending solution under all conditions: the blend plates used in night mode are moved out of the optical path during the day mode, increasing both the image quality during day mode as well as extend the life time of the blend plate. Support within the XDS RACU Golden Alignments allows for automatic transition from OSEM to ESEM and back.

Main benefits

  • Excellent multi-channel blend quality at all times
    • No image degradation during day time scenes
    • No double blacks during night mode
    • Substantial extension of blend plate lifetime
  • Designed for perfect mechanical integration
    • Minimal footprint
    • Compatible with existing Barco blend plates & mounting frame
    • Motion base compatible
  • Barco support for easy system integration
    • Full support embedded in XDS RACU & Golden Alignment
    • Automatic reversal for additional pinch safety
    • Standalone functionality possible


  • Safe (de)activation of blend plates with pinch protection & motion reversal
  • Fully supported with Barco’s XDS RACU display management system, with automated activation based upon the scenario (Golden Alignment)
  • Can be fitted on existing Barco installations as compatible with Barco’s current standard blend plate mounting frame as well as the actual blend plates
  • Minimal foot print for easy integration into tight system setups and reduced risk of interference with other optical elements
  • Motion base compatible if mounted on a rugged structure
  • Usable in all orientations
  • Standalone test tool available as well

Blend plate motorization

Blend plate motorization
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