inspect-online en 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 ON Semiconductor stops production of CCD sensors On March 18, 2020 the semiconductor manufacturer On Semiconductor takes orders for the last time for its CCD sensors. These will be sent out by 18 September 2020. Too few orders due to the availability of increasingly powerful CMOS sensors and slowing economic growth are the main reasons for this move, the company said. The production in Rochester, USA, is therefore no longer profitable and will be discontinued in June 2020. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:57:00 +0000 Spectaris elected new board The trade association Photonics of the industrial association Spectaris elected a new board on 12th September as part of the industry day. Ramona Eberhardt (Fraunhofer IOF), Andreas Hädrich (Schott), Martin Hovestadt (Jüke System Technology), Agnes Hübscher (Edmund Optics), Katrin Kobe (Laser 2000), Maik Müller (tec5), Jan Schubach (POG), Matthias Schulze (Coherent), Simon Schwinger (LEJ) and Thilo von Freyhold (Jenoptik). The chairmanship is held by Bernhard Ohnesorge (Zeiss). Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:53:00 +0000 Zeiss participates in sensor spin-off With the help of Senorics GmbH, a spin-off of the TU Dresden, Zeiss wants to produce small, inexpensive sensors for spectroscopic applications. To this end, the optics and metrology group invested an undisclosed sum in the young company and at the same time signed a partnership with it. As part of this, Zeiss supports Senorics in the development and marketing of the products. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:32:00 +0000 Competence center for sensors and measuring technology at the SPS The AMA Association for Sensor Technology and Measurement presents itself with its members at SPS smart production solutions in the AMA Center from 26 to 28 November in Nuremberg. The AMA Center in Hall 4A is the competence center for sensor technology and measurement technology. It offers trade fair visitors not only an overview but also a technical exchange on the basic elements of automation. At the AMA Center, interested parties will find nine exhibitors with a wide range of products, from the individual components through to turnkey measurement and test systems. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:29:00 +0000 New Head of Zeiss Research Microscopy Solutions On October 1, 2019, Dr. Ing. Michael Albiez (43) has taken over the management of the Strategic Business Unit Research Microscopy Solutions (RMS) at Zeiss. In addition, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH. Dr. Michael Albiez follows Dr. Markus Weber (46), who was appointed Head of the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology division and member of the Carl Zeiss AG Executive Board effective October 1, 2019. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:55:00 +0000 Basler and Drag & Bot start joint integration project In a joint project by Basler with Drag & Bot, Basler's 2D cameras were integrated into the graphical robot programming software drag & bot. Thanks to the integration of the proven Basler pylon Camera Software Suite into the drag & bot software, it is now possible to intuitively operate Basler 2D cameras in robot applications. A second result of the cooperation is an improved driver for Basler 2D cameras for the open source framework ROS. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:48:00 +0000 Polytec takes over distribution of Micron Optics The manufacturer of optical metrology solutions Polytec takes over the distribution of the products from Micron Optics, a US manufacturer of optical sensors based on fiber Bragg technology. The company was recently acquired by the US company Luna. Since Polytec has been taking over Germany for Luna since 2006, it was natural to extend the cooperation to Micron Optics. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:41:00 +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. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:39:00 +0000 Edmund Optics introduces new lenses with TFL Mount The new 28mm APS-C sensors from Sony (32MP) and e2v (64MP) promise to fill the gap in image circle size between C-mount and full frame making it possible to design much higher resolution systems that are still relatively compact. Traditionally a large format lens with an F-mount or M42 thread would be used for a sensor of this size. Unfortunately both of these formats are far from optimal when it comes to precision machine vision applications due to issues with standardization, stability and overall system size. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:19:00 +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. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 10:12:00 +0000 Versatile 3D Scanner for First Article Inspection, Quality Assurance, or Any Stage of the Product Lifecycle Management A new metrology-grade 3D scanner - the result of several years of research and development – is aimed at offering manufacturing and engineering professionals the most effective and reliable portable and automated 3D measurement solution on the market. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:53:00 +0000 How an XRF Spectrometer Reveals the Secrets of “The Night Watch“ With the aid of as X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, expensive paintings can harmlessly be investigated before restoration. This ensures sophisticated preservation of valuable art objects. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:43:00 +0000 Options for High-Definition, Real-Time Image Acquisition Over Cable Maintaining image quality when receiving analog and digital video over extended distances has proved to be challenging. Various technology solutions and hardware have been explored and developed to address latency, resolution and cost issues. This paper will look at these options, and which solutions best address these challenges. This white paper looks at high-definition, real-time image acquisition using long cables and how it is possible to transmit video digitally over twisted pair cables up to 150m and coax cables up to 700m, with fiber optic offering the option of many kilometers. 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