Vision & Sensors

Vol. 4 No. 4

Vision & Sensors

Volume 4, Issue 4

In this issue of Vision & Sensors UPDATE: 

News: The Vision Show Arrives Next Week

Web Exclusive: Trends in Industrial Image Processing

Feature: Image Capturing on the Cheap

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The Vision Show Arrives Next Week

PHOENIX - The Vision Show, a showcase of machine vision and imaging components and solutions, opens next week at its new location, the Phoenix Convention Center. LEARN MORE

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RiceCameraRice Camera Technologies Joins Growing Market

BILLERICA, MA - Rice Camera Technologies Inc. announces its entry into the market for industrial and military cameras and the launch of its website and new portfolio of machine vision cameras. Rice Camera Technologies specializes in the design, marketing and support of cameras and camera technologies for applications within the machine vision and military imaging (ISR) markets. The company provides cameras and camera technologies that allow fast frame rates combined with high resolution imaging. LEARN MORE

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i2S Vision Takes Over Distribution of Basler Cameras in France

Basler AHRENSBURG, GERMANY - Basler Vision Technologies has concluded a distribution agreement with i2S Vision, an imaging technology company. i2S Vision will exclusively market and sell Basler's broad digital camera portfolio in France.

Basler designs and manufactures digital cameras for industrial, medical, and traffic system applications, and also for the video surveillance market.  LEARN MORE






Registration Open for International Robots & Vision Show


Applied Vision's 2008 Sales Contribute to Five-Year Growth Trend


Cognex and Mitsubishi Electric to Launch the First Jointly Developed Machine Vision System


March 30-April 2, 2009           
WESTEC, Los Angeles. Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), (800) 733-4763. 

March 31-April 2
The Vision Show, Phoenix/ Automated Imaging Association (AIA),

April 22-23 
BIOMEDevice, Boston. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.  

May 4-7           
Quality Measurement Conference (QMC), Orlando, FL. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.  

 May 4-7           
Quality NDT Conference (QNDTC), Orlando, FL. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.  

May 4-7           
Quality Vision & Sensors Conference (QVSC), Orlando, FL. Quality Magazine, (888) 530-6714.

May 11-13           
Quality Symposium 2009, Phoenix. CIS Software, (613) 577-4417.

June 9-11    
The International Robots, Machine Vision & Motion Control Show, Rosemont, IL. Robotic Industries Association (RIA), (734) 994-6088.

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User Conference-JapanHalcon Draws 600 to User Seminars in Japan

BOSTON - For the launch of the new version of the machine vision software Halcon 9.0, three user seminars took place in Japan in Kyoto, Nagoya, and Tokyo at the end of February. These seminars were hosted by LinX Corp. (Yokohama), the exclusive distributor of Halcon in Japan. LEARN MORE

From the Editor: Made in America

Keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States is obviously a priority, but it must be done carefully.

by Michelle Bangert


Web Exclusives

leutronTrends in Industrial Image Processing
The change from analog to digital technologies in the industrial image-processing (IIP) sector is in full swing. Therefore, the reliable frame grabber appears to be increasingly headed out to pasture. This is because digital communications interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB and FireWire allow for adequate camera-based solutions without image-capture cards. "Nevertheless the frame grabber will continue to find its niche," says Mathias Leumann, CEO of Leutron Vision AG. Leumann explains the latest trends in the world of IIP HERE.

Image Capturing on the Cheap
by Chuck Petersen

Frame grabbers are plug-in boards for a computer's expansion slots that take camera image data and convert the data to a computer's bus format. They have connectors for cables that attach to machine vision cameras. Frame grabbers optionally process the camera's image data as it passes through to the computer's expansion bus. After the image data is in the computer's memory system, machine vision software controls the system's processors to inspect for defects in a manufacturing system. LEARN MORE

Sneak Preview: Quality 2009 Plant of the Year Winners


The April issue of Quality Magazine will feature our 2009 Plant of the Year winners, Personna American Safety Razor (Small Plant Division) and Lockheed Martin Clearwater (Large Plant Division). Get a sneak peak by listening to Q-Cast Podcasts. Lockheed Martin's Bob Hewell discusses the success the company has achieved by driving a culture of continuous improvement. Personna's Melissa Bailey discusses the challenges many manufacturers face and some of the solutions her company has implemented.


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Hear from Lockheed Martin - 2009 Plant of the Year (Large Plant Div.)

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