inspect-online en Vision 2020 is cancelled Vision, the world's leading trade fair for machine vision, is cancelled in 2020. This was announced by the organiser, Landesmesse Stuttgart. "In the discussions held it became apparent that Vision cannot be held this year with the usual quality, particularly due to the high international character of the event combined with the continuing travel restrictions", reports Florian Niethammer, Project Manager of Vision. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:38:00 +0000 Fraunhofer Vision: Guide for hyperspectral imaging The Fraunhofer Vision Alliance has published the 19th volume of its guide series. The "Guide for hyperspectral image processing" gives an overview of methods and applications of hyperspectral imaging. It first introduces the basics of spectroscopy and then discusses methods of hyperspectral image acquisition (detectors, cameras, illumination, etc.). The machine vision section gives an overview of aspects of hyperspectral data processing, data reduction and chemometrics and introduces possible classification methods. Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:22:00 +0000 Leuze puts new distribution centre into operation The ground-breaking ceremony for the international distribution centre in Unterlenningen, near the Leuze headquarters in Owen, took place 12 months ago. It will now go into operation at the end of July. From this time on, the subsidiaries as well as national and international customers will be supplied from Unterlenningen. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:49:00 +0000 Thin Film Metrology: Free Ebook is Out Now Thin film technology is ubiquitous across materials science for applications such as semiconductors, electronics, memory devices, energy storage, photovoltaics, chemical sensors, and many more. Furthermore, there are sufficient fabrication techniques that virtually any type of material can be prepared as a thin film. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:27:00 +0000 VDMA: Orders received by the German mechanical engineering industry continue to decline in May In May, domestic demand contracted by 23 percent and orders from abroad fell by 31 percent. Orders from the euro zone were 27 per cent down on the previous year's level, with 32 per cent fewer orders coming from non-euro countries. " Nevertheless: Our companies have been spared an even more severe slump, at least so far," says VDMA Chief Economist Dr. Ralph Wiechers. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:42:00 +0000 inspect award 2021: The voting has started Finally the time has come: The jury of the inspect award 2021 has nominated ten nominees each in the categories "Vision" and "Automation + Control" and voting is now open until 16 October 2020, so vote at and choose the best machine vision product. Three Amazon vouchers worth 50 euros each will be raffled among all participants. Taking part is worthwhile. Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:11:00 +0000 Jenoptik acquires Trioptics Jenoptik takes over the photonics specialist Trioptics at an undisclosed price. The company will be assigned to the Light & Optics division of Jenoptik. The actual acquisition will take place in two steps: First, Jenoptik will take over 75 percent of the shares, the remaining shares after meeting defined success criteria by the end of 2021. The two managing directors Eugen Dumitrescu and Stefan Krey will remain active for Trioptics in their previous functions under the umbrella of Jenoptik. Fri, 03 Jul 2020 05:04:00 +0000 Panasonic: European B2B business under new management Panasonic has appointed Hiroyuki Nishiuma as Managing Director of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU). He has over 30 years of experience and serves the entire European market from the Wiesbaden office. Mr. Nishiuma was previously Senior Managing Executive Officer and Board Member of Panasonic Systems Solutions in Japan, where he achieved sales and profit growth for seven consecutive fiscal years. He joined Panasonic in 1988 and studied politics and economics at Waseda University in Tokyo. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:53:00 +0000 New Chief Sales Officer at B&R Luca Galluzzi (52) will join the management team of the automation supplier B&R on August 1. He succeeds Peter Gucher as Sales Director, who is going into well-deserved retirement after 34 years at B&R. In his new role as Chief Sales Officer (CSO), Galluzzi will be responsible for all B&R sales activities worldwide and will drive the development of new markets. In addition to his new role in the B&R management team, he will continue to be directly responsible for the Southern Europe sales region. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:47:00 +0000 EMVA: First online business conference was very successful As the planned business conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, was cancelled due to the Corona crisis, EMVA organised the conference virtually for the first time. It took place in an online format on Friday, June 26, 2020. More than 130 registered attendees enjoyed a mix of presentations addressing various up-to-date technical aspects and updates on machine vision standards as well as how to organise sales processes with the restrictions caused by a worldwide pandemic. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 10:41:00 +0000 Fraunhofer IPK is a new member of the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance In the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance with the central office in Fürth, specialist departments from 15 Fraunhofer institutes and facilities to date work closely together on the subjects of industrial vision and optical and acoustic measurement and testing technology. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Construction Technology IPK from Berlin has been a 16th member since March 2020. As a production engineering R&D partner with strong IT competence, Fraunhofer IPK offers system solutions, individual technologies and services for digitally integrated production. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:12:00 +0000 VDMA Survey: Mechanical engineering industry optimistic despite difficult order situation The vast majority of mechanical engineering industries are confident of returning to the nominal sales level of 2019 in the medium term. This is the key message of the sixth VDMA flash survey on the corona pandemic, in which 658 member companies took part. "80 percent of our members expect to achieve nominal sales levels like 2019 again by 2022 at the latest. About 40 percent of the companies with annual sales of less than 250 million euros expect this step to be successful as early as 2021. Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:35:00 +0000 Edmund Optics is now selling some Cailabs products exclusively Cailabs, a manufacturer of photonics products, and Edmund Optics have joined forces: The reflective Canunda axicons from Cailabs are now exclusively available online at EO. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:44:00 +0000 Creaform introduces Metrascan Black Creaform announced the release of the latest version of the Metrascan 3D lineup, the company’s advanced optical CMM scanner designed specifically to perform metrology-grade 3D measurements and inspections — right on the production floor. As a fast and accurate portable optical CMM scanner, the Metrascan Black can be seamlessly integrated in any quality control, quality assurance, inspection, MRO, or reverse engineering workflow and operated by users of any skill level in any type of environment. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:59:00 +0000 Corona crisis causes a sharp drop in sales at Balluff The current global economic uncertainties and transformation processes in key industries are also making themselves felt at automation specialist Balluff in Neuhausen: Total sales in the 2019 fiscal year fell by 3.9 percent to 469 million euros. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:56:00 +0000 Sensor and Measuring Technology: Slight sales losses in the first quarter The AMA Association for Sensor and Measuring Technology surveys its 450 members on a quarterly basis on economic development. The industry reports a sales decline of one percent for the first quarter compared to the previous quarter. Incoming orders rose by four percent at the beginning of the year. The industry expects a four percent drop in turnover for the second quarter. 25 percent of the firms have already registered short-time work in the first quarter. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:45:00 +0000 Sick AG: Reinhard Bösl retires from the board Sick bids farewell to its long-standing board member Reinhard Bösl. His contract expires after 13 years on June 30, 2020, when he reaches the stipulated age limit for members of the Executive Board. In July 2007, Reinhard Bösl was appointed to the Executive Board of Sick AG, where he initially occupied the newly created Executive Board department "Logistics Automation". His area of responsibility was expanded at an early stage to include support for Sick's Asian subsidiaries. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:37:00 +0000 Atlas Copo can take over Isra Vision Atlas Copco is allowed to acquire Isra Vision, supplier of surface inspection and 3D imaging solutions. The transaction became public at the beginning of the year. The last outstanding regulatory approval was granted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) on June 11, 2020. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:53:00 +0000 Virtual interactive 18th EMVA Business Conference starts on 26 June The first ever virtual 18th EMVA Business Conference on 26 June provides a mix of top-notch presentation topics and speakers together with the long missed possibility to directly interact with other conference participants. “As a reaction to the social distancing measures the EMVA has chosen to not simply cancel the 2020 EMVA Business Conference originally planned to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, but hold it as virtual edition. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 08:46:00 +0000 Edmund Optics and Schott expand collaboration Edmund Optics and Schott expand their strategic partnership to give customers access to high-quality polished optical glass filters from Schott. Both companies have been working together for more than 30 years. Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:33:00 +0000 Messe Stuttgart prepares for autumn trade fairs After the three-month compulsory corona break, Landesmesse Stuttgart is now turning its attention to the upcoming trade fairs in autumn, including Vision 2020: "Our planning is already in full swing and all known hygiene and distance regulations will of course be guaranteed", says Roland Bleinroth, Speaker of the Board of Management of Messe Stuttgart. In addition, those responsible for the trade fair spoke with representatives of the relevant ministries on several occasions in recent weeks. A final decision has not yet been made, however. Mon, 08 Jun 2020 05:05:00 +0000 Evision Systems and Allice Messtechnik sign distribution agreement for analysis technology The distributor of measurement and test technology Evision Systems and the distributor Allice Messtechnik have signed a distribution agreement for products of the French manufacturer Ikalogic S.A.S. Ikalogic is a provider of logic analysis solutions that are unique in many protocols that can be interpreted. The two flagship products are the SQ and SP series logic analyzers. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:04:00 +0000 Leuze: Sensor manufacturer does without the "electronic" in the name The sensor manufacturer Leuze Electronic is now dispensing with the second part of its name and is now known only as "Leuze". This shorter brand name sounds "clear, innovative, focused, self-confident", the company explains the step. The name of the company remains as it is: Leuze electronic GmbH + Co. KG. Moreover, Leuze at least gave an impression of the business year: In 2019, the company's turnover increased by a mid-single-digit percentage, the sensor manufacturer announced. Shift system maintains full production Fri, 05 Jun 2020 09:24:00 +0000 Deep Learning Just Got Easier Good news for all machine vision users: With HALCON 20.05, training for all deep learning technologies can now be performed on the CPU of standard industrial PCs. This greatly increases customers' flexibility regarding the implementation of deep learning, as training can now be carried out directly on the production line. Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:06:00 +0000 Virtual Control Fair has begun This year's actual Control has been cancelled, but instead the virtual edition of the trade fair for quality assurance and metrology is now starting. In digital showrooms, exhibitors will present their trade fair highlights and product innovations for 2020, which they were unable to show live. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:47:00 +0000