inspect-online en Call For Papers: EMVA Young Professional Award 2018 The EMVA Young Professional Award is an annual award to honor the outstanding and innovative work of a student or a young professional in the field of machine vision or computer vision. It is the goal of the European Machine Vision Association to further support innovation in our industry, to contribute to the important aspect of dedicated machine vision education and to provide a bridge between research and industry. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:54:00 +0000 VDMA and Silicon Software host the next International Vision Standards Meeting From 14 to 18 May, about 150 technical experts from all over the world will meet at the VDMA in Frankfurt, Germany, to work on standards for machine vision and discuss new standardisation initiatives for the future. Hosting organisation is Silicon Software, in cooperation with VDMA Machine Vision. “Standards are the turbocharger of growth for our industry. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:01:00 +0000 3D Inspection System Examins Connector Pin Height The global market for the Connectors industry is estimated to reach USD 80.3 billion by 2022, driven by the growing demand for reliable, fail-safe electronics in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, and defense/ military. Faulty connectors buried deep within a major electronic subsystem in a car or an airplane can have catastrophic results. Failures in inspection systems can lead to loss of life and costly, massive product recalls. A new 3D inspection system could be the solution. Save lives, reduce costs Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:38:00 +0000 10GigE Increases Fairness in Sports In sports and entertainment, 10GigE cameras deliver the necessary Full HD and 4K UHD resolution to support refereeing decisions and deliver slow-motion replays for the spectators. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:31:00 +0000 Video processing system detects, amplifies, and measures subtle motion All machines produce vibrations, some of which may be characteristic of normal operation and others which may indicate initial signs of failure. In the field of predictive maintenance, the detection of vibrational signatures is a key element of the diagnostic process that involves identifying and remedying problems before more serious events occur. A new system that is about one hundred times more sensitive in measuring displacement than traditional image-based measurement tools overcomes this challenge. Improving a tradition Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:21:00 +0000 VDMA: Machine Vision continues on the fast lane According to current surveys, in 2017 sales of the German machine vision industry rose by 18 per cent as expected. This corresponds to 2.6 billion Euros. For 2018, the industry forecasts a turnover growth rate of up to 10 per cent. “VDMA will present the exact figures in June. But one thing is already clear: The machine vision industry achieved record sales also in 2017 and will keep up its growth course,” says Anne Wendel, head of the VDMA sector group Machine Vision, on the occasion of the VISION CEO Roundtable. Machine Vision meets current trends Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:24:00 +0000 PI is Committing Itself to New Service Concepts Globalization continues to advance and in the meantime, high-precision positioning systems are being used all over the world, both in scientific fields and in industry. In order to be in a perfect position for the future, PI (Physik Instrumente), as solution supplier for drive technology and positioning systems, has implemented a new service concept by founding the "Global Services Division". This makes it possible to offer the best possible, individualized service to both smaller and larger customers all over the world. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:45:00 +0000 Vision and the machine vision industry on a growth path Just nine months before this year's Vision opens its doors in Stuttgart from 6 to 8 November, the preparations for the leading world trade fair for machine vision are well under way. "The prospects are highly promising," said the organisers during the joint CEO Round Table of Messe Stuttgart and the VDMA Machine Vision Association at the Stuttgart television tower. "The industry is still on a growth path. In Germany alone, growth in the machine vision industry in 2017 provisionally amounted to 18 per cent. Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:13:00 +0000 W3 Fair+ Convention On 21 and 22 February 2018 the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar will again open its doors to welcome national and international experts from the precision technologies industries. Over the course of the two days, the 5th W3 Fair+Convention will be taking place, enabling visitors to exchange ideas and expand their networks. The fringe programme, which is largely free to enter, boasts a variety of intriguing speakers and topics. The key note speakers are Andreas Kaufmann from Leica Camera, Scott Stegert from Continental, Fabian Etzold from Dioptic and Heino Hilbig, innovation manager and author. Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:53:00 +0000 Stemmer Imaging acquires Data Vision Stemmer Imaging has acquired Data Vision by means of an asset deal effective January 31, 2018. Data Vision is a highly specialized provider of imaging and machine vision solutions in the Netherlands. This acquisition further strengthens the position of Stemmer Imaging in the Benelux countries. Data Vision, a business unit of Batenburg Mechatronica B.V., is one of the most established brands in Benelux’s imaging and machine vision industry and has been successfully providing machine vision components, systems and solutions for many years. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:35:00 +0000 Digital Magnifier: Inspect where you want, when you want Camβ digital magnifier has been designed especially for applications where viewing, image capture, reporting and documentation are needed. Magnify, inspect and capture images at the touch of a button. As often you want, where you want and when you want. Camβ handheld digital magnifier: Portable – Flexible – Easy handling Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:22:00 +0000 Flir ETS320 for Electronics Development and Testing As the first Flir camera designed specifically for benchtop work in testing and analyzing the thermal characteristics of electronic components and printed circuit boards (PCBs), the Flir ETS320 aims to advance testing and diagnosis accuracy in the electronics industry. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:15:00 +0000 Using Deep Learning in Machine Vision More and more, machine vision systems are expected to make dynamic, automated decisions based on variable conditions. The amount of time and effort to develop these systems can be daunting. Today, the advent of deep learning is changing this landscape and putting automation within the reach of many. Resources such as open-source libraries, Nvidia hardware, and FLIR cameras are helping to make this change happen. Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:57:00 +0000 EMVA appoints Standards Manager The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) has appointed Arnaud Darmont as new EMVA Standards Manager. Arnaud will be responsible to promote the European machine vision standardization activities worldwide and to coordinate the development process of machine vision standards. In addition, in a rapidly changing industrial environment another major task will be to identify new standardization needs. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:15:00 +0000 Coordinate Measuring Machines versus Portable Metrology Quality control managers have the delicate task of verifying and guaranteeing that manufactured parts meet customers’ requirements, specifications, and tolerances. While coordinate measuring machines are usually their preferred choice, alternative metrology instruments are now available, enabling them to perform accurate measurements directly on the shop floor during the manufacturing process. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:53:00 +0000 Active Silicon supports real-time GPU processing Active Silicon announced that all our frame grabbers are compatible with both AMD‘s DirectGMA and Nvidia’s GPUDirect for Video. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:48:00 +0000 Odos Imaging Acquired by Rockwell Automation Odos Imaging Limited (Scotland), a specialist developer and manufacturer of 3D time-of-flight cameras for industrial applications, was wholly acquired by Rockwell Automation The acquisition enables Rockwell Automation to strengthen its sensing portfolio and positions it to continue to be the leader in machine safety. Odos Imaging Limited will report into the Architecture & Software (A&S) organization, specifically the Safety, Sensing & Connectivity Business led by Lee Lane, vice president and general manager. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:49:00 +0000 Xilinx Appoints Victor Peng as President and CEO Xilinx announced that its board of directors has appointed Victor Peng as president and chief executive officer, effective January 29, 2018.  Peng will become the fourth CEO in Xilinx’s history and takes the helm of the global market leader of programmable semiconductor products at a time of increasing momentum and opportunity. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:04:00 +0000 Association for Advancing Automation Ready for Kick Off 2018 The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announces the keynote speakers for its annual A3 Business Forum, taking place January 17-19, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. A highlight of this year’s event is a keynote from Physician, Scientist and 3D Innovator Dr. Julielynn Wong. Wong will be sharing with attendees how they can provide opportunities to women and minorities to diversify their workforce. Increasing diversity in the automation industry is important to its future growth and sustainability. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:58:00 +0000 Antares Vision New Software Development Centre in Galway Is Now Open Antares Vision announces the establishment of a Software Development Centre in Galway, creating 53 jobs in 5 years in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland. The company specialise in Computer Vision Systems where cameras and sensors capture and elaborate images at high speed to identify possible defects on products. Antares Vision designs, produces and installs inspection track and trace systems for security, traceability and regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical sector. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:34:00 +0000 Edmund Optics Acquires ITOS Edmund Optics announces the complete acquisition of ITOS GmbH in Mainz. The company will be a 100% subsidiary of Edmund Optics Inc. and will function as "ITOS - A Division of Edmund Optics". Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:25:00 +0000 PI Presents a New Catalog for Positioning Solutions Using Piezo Systems The new catalog for piezo positioning from PI (Physik Instrumente) is 240 pages strong. The catalog shows all available standard products that use piezo actuators as their drive principle. The broad product portfolio ranges from simple, housed piezo actuators, with or without preload, to lever-amplified piezo actuators, or 6-axes-scanners with subnanometer precision position sensors. OEM drives with PiezoWalk® technology and capacitive position sensors supplement the portfolio. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:03:00 +0000 Record Revenue and Earnings: Zeiss Continues Growth Trajectory In the past 2016/17 fiscal year (ended 30 September 2017), Zeiss increased both its revenue and earnings to a record level: revenue rose by 10 percent to EUR 5.348 billion (prior year: EUR 4.881 billion). At EUR 770 million, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) were significantly above the already high level of the previous year (615 million). The EBIT margin has increased to over 14 percent. Order intake grew by a healthy 12 percent and is now at EUR 5.625 billion, underscoring the growth ambitions of the technology company. Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:18:00 +0000 EMVA Market Report 2017 “Machine Vision in France” published The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) has published its 2017 Market Report “Machine Vision in France”. The 56 page report maps the machine vision activities in France in all its facets. It covers the machine vision industry, their customers as well as technical and commercial trends. In addition, the “eco system” for machine vision is described, including clusters, research centers and associations, trade shows and special magazines. This is being supplemented by market and growth drivers and an estimate of the market volume. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:48:00 +0000 Baumer SmartApplets: The easy and cost-efficient way to master complex tasks in image processing With new SmartApplets, Baumer is the first camera manufacturer to introduce an innovative concept to quickly and easily increase the application-specific functionalities of cameras with FPGA-based image processing. SmartApplets can be conveniently transferred to the LX VisualApplets cameras by means of a firmware update so the camera is immediately ready for use. Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:22:00 +0000