inspect-online en First Sensor cooperates with LeddarTech First Sensor supports LeddarTech in developing the first open and comprehensive LiDAR platform option for OEMs and Tier1 suppliers in the automotive industry. With the partnership, the companies want to accelerate the use of LiDAR for driver assistance systems and applications for autonomous driving. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:24:00 +0000 Sensor manufacturer Sick expands executive board to six members The "Operations" department, newly created as of January 1, 2020, combines the former Purchasing and Quality departments, which are now at Management Board level. The person responsible is Dr. Tosja Zywietz (48), who was most recently Chairman of the Executive Board at the Bavarian technology company Rosenberger Hochfrequenztechnik. He studied in Göttingen and in the USA and earned his doctorate in theoretical physics. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:52:00 +0000 chii wants to score in 2020 with the guiding theme of hyperspectral image processing The chii 2020 (Conference on Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry) will take place in Graz from 27 to 28 May 2020. Internationally leading experts and users from all over the world meet there for the fourth time to exchange information about further developments and innovative applications of hyperspectral image processing. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:11:00 +0000 74th Heidelberg Image Processing Forum in Bensheim Machine learning for 3D imaging is much more complex than for 2D images, since the amount of data is much higher and image acquisition and evaluation are directly linked to one another. While 3D imaging is well established in medical applications, industrial imaging is only really starting to develop. Therefore, this image processing forum pursues two goals: knowledge transfer between medical and industrial image processing and an inventory of learning processes in 3D imaging and analysis. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:07:00 +0000 Zeiss with tenth record year in a row The Zeiss Group has continued on its growth course, because sales and earnings rose to new highs in the 2018/19 financial year (balance sheet date: September 30, 2019). Sales grew by 11 percent to 6.428 billion euros (previous year: 5.817 billion euros), adjusted for currency and consolidation effects (comparable), 8 percent. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 1.063 billion were also significantly above the previous year's level (EUR 772 million). The EBIT margin was 17 percent. Order intake rose 9 percent to € 6.575 billion for the first time. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:05:00 +0000 Volume Graphics: Hexagon takeover completed Hexagon, a provider of sensor, software and autonomous solutions, completed the acquisition of the CT software manufacturer Volume Graphics, which was announced in November 2019. The companies made no statements regarding the purchase price. With the acquisition of Volume Graphics, Hexagon is strengthening its portfolio in the field of industrial measurement technology with software for analysis and visualization of CT data, which is used, among other things, for non-destructive testing, error detection and damage analysis. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:02:00 +0000 MVTec hosts Innovation Day 2020 MVTec invites you to the "MVTec Innovation Day" again this year. On Thursday, February 20, 2020, visitors to the Haus der Bayerischen Wirtschaft in Munich will receive a practical insight into current topics related to industrial image processing. MVTec experts shed light on trends, technologies and solutions in a variety of lectures. These offer added value especially for developers, programmers and experienced machine vision users. The MVTec team is also available for direct exchange and technical discussions. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:59:00 +0000 VISION 2020: Experience first-hand machine vision through the ages This year the leading world trade fair for machine vision is characterised more than ever by the dynamic changes of the industry: The long-forecast consolidation of the machine vision market was used very dynamically in recent months and led to a significant structural change. As a result of these developments, a number of new names now enhance the trade fair in addition to the established VISION exhibitors such as Basler, Cognex, IDS, HIK Vision, MVTec, Sony, Stemmer Imaging, Teledyne Dalsa and many other international market leaders. Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:27:00 +0000 New ground-breaking digital 3D display technology DRV (Deep Reality Viewer) by Vision Engineering produces high-resolution 3D stereo images without using a monitor or wearing headset or special glasses: images "float" in front of a viewing mirror. Tue, 07 Jan 2020 11:12:00 +0000 Flir introduces industrial deep learning imaging camera Flir introduced the Firefly DL. According to the manufacturer, it should be the first deep-learning, interference-capable machine vision camera with neuro technology. Due to its small size (27x27x14.5 mm), the low weight (20g), the low power consumption and the maximum learning ability, the Flir Firefly DL camera is particularly suitable for installation in a mobile phone, a desktop and in portable systems. Sun, 05 Jan 2020 11:39:00 +0000 Chris Yates elected new EMVA President effective January 2020 The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) today announced that Chris Yates will adopt the role of President of the EMVA effective from the 1st January 2020. Chris will succeed Jochem Herrmann, the current President of the EMVA, who has held the role since 2015 and now decided to step down to be able to spend more time with his family. According to the association statutes, the decision to elect the new President was agreed by the Board of Directors of the EMVA during a recent board meeting in Berlin where Chris Yates was elected unanimously. Fri, 03 Jan 2020 13:08:00 +0000 The Standard EMVA 1288 for Camera Characterization: Update on Current Developments Since 2005, the EMVA 1288 has enabled machine builders and manufacturing companies to quickly and easily find the right camera solution for their own applications. Since it was launched around 15 years ago, however, the standard has gradually evolved. And further extensions are currently under development. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 12:17:00 +0000 EMVA Event Calendar 2020 The year 2020 is once again packed with events around machine vision. So there will again be plenty of opportunities for networking, professional exchange and training. Peering into 2020 the EMVA once again proposes a series of key events that have been established in the European and even more international machine vision community either as standalone conferences or alongside important trade shows. Starting point in spring is the forum “Control Vision Talks” during the first three trade show days at the 34. Control trade fair in Stuttgart. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 10:29:00 +0000 Vision Engineering celebrates Mantis microscope success with 20,000 sales in 5 years Vision Engineering, the leading manufacturer of high-quality visual inspection and measurement technologies, announced that it has sold over 20,000 Mantis microscope products in the last five years. The Mantis range of ergonomic eyepiece-less stereo microscopes offers superb optical performance with magnification options up to 20x, making it a perfect alternative to more traditional inspection stereo microscopes. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 04:00:00 +0000 The 30th SPS The leading trade show for smart and digital automation is celebrating its thirtieth edition. From November 26 to 28, 2019, in Nuremberg, start-ups and global market leaders alike will use the platform to showcase their products and solutions to expert exhibition visitors. Participants at this year’s event will also be taken on a journey through time, experiencing the history of the trade show as well as the automation industry. From small industry gathering to leading international trade show Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:21:00 +0000 The winners of the inspect award 2020 The field of applicants was strong, so there was little room between the nominees. But ultimately the readers of the inspect made a choice and each chose a winner from the categories "Vision" and "Automation + Control". The winners will be briefly described below. A more detailed coverage follows in the upcoming issues for each winner. The winners of the category Automation + Control Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:57:00 +0000 Change of management at Konica Minolta At Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a change of management will take place in Germany and Austria with immediate effect. Johannes Bischof, former managing director of the two state organizations, will leave the company. Joerg Hartmann will take over responsibility for Konica Minolta Business Solutions in Germany and Austria. He started working as Chief Operations Officer (COO) in the Germany organization a year ago. Joerg Hartmann draws on many years of experience in companies in the IT industry, i.a. Fujitsu, back. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:54:00 +0000 Baumer opens production site in northern Macedonia Swiss camera manufacturer Baumer has set up a new factory in a free-trade zone near Skopje, northern Macedonia. The sensor production began after an 18-month construction period in May 2019. Now it was officially opened. The new plant manufactures optical sensors for the whole of Europe. On the plot area of ​​19,000 m2, a building with a total capacity of 4,000 m2 was built in the first construction phase. Of these, 2,500 m2 are production area and 600 m2 development and administration area. In addition, there is still room for future extensions on the property. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:41:00 +0000 Lakesight appoints new COO With effect from December 1, 2019, the Munich-based image processing group Lakesight appoints Dr. Thomas Dekorsy as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He moves to the position of Valentino Bello. Dekorsy has been Executive Integration Officer (EIO) of Lakesight Technologies Holding GmbH since September 2019, responsible for integrating and consolidating the six companies in the group: Allied Vision, Chromasens, Mikrotron, NET, SVS-Vistek and Tattile. He is also CEO of Mikrotron and SVS-Vistek. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:35:00 +0000 uEye ACP cameras: individual solutions based on the modular principle Custom-made products are always in demand when classic industrial cameras reach their limits. However, development costs and costs are often disproportionately high, especially for small projects. Thanks to a flexible modular principle, the new uEye ACP concept from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH enables individual, cost-effective solutions as small as one piece. Users can put together their own individual boardlevel camera model with just a few clicks via online configurator and directly request an offer from the manufacturer. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:15:00 +0000 New CEO at Laser Components Nordic Fredrik Wikfeldt took over as CEO of Laser Components Nordic AB. He holds a master’s degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and brings more than twenty years of sales and management expertise in the electronics and manufacturing industry as well as a deep technical knowledge of industrial image processing and measurement technologies. Before joining Laser Components Nordic AB, he held positions of Product Manager, Sales Manager, and Chief Operating Officer for local and international companies such as Stemmer Imaging and Carl Zeiss. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:06:00 +0000 Embedded Vision Europe 2019 (eVe) Conference: Final Report Organized by the EMVA and Messe Stuttgart, the Embedded Vision Europe 2019 (eVe) conference attracted over 130 international conference attendees from 23 countries from 24 – 25 October at the ICS Stuttgart. They represented the entire value chain from deep learning and AI developers, machine vision players to users of embedded vision systems and even stakeholders from the financial sector. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:31:00 +0000 Active Silicon extends its presence in China In partnership with local distributer Optiger, Active Silicon is strengthening its presence in the Chinese machine vision market. The UK-based manufacturer of imaging products currently works with nearly a dozen trusted distributors in the Far East and even more worldwide. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:43:00 +0000 LMI Technologies Acquires Finnish Optical Metrology Company FocalSpec LMI Technologies announced the acquisition of FocalSpec, an innovative optical metrology company based in Finland that designs and manufactures patented Line Confocal Imaging (LCI) products. LMI’s parent company - The TKH Group - will acquire 100% of the shares of FocalSpec. The company will be integrated into the LMI group of companies and the LCI products will continue to be sold under the FocalSpec product brand. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:21:00 +0000 Standard machine vision software with new functions: MVTec presents HALCON 19.11 MVTec will release HALCON 19.11, the latest version of its standard software HALCON, on November 15. The release will include many new and improved functions that advance the level of machine vision technology available to OEMs, integrators, and end-users worldwide. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 13:06:00 +0000