Full 64 Bit Driver Support with Basler's pylon 2.1
Basler Vision Technologies is launching release 2.1 of its "pylon" driver package. This release focuses on 64 bit system support for Microsoft Windows. Additional improvements include a DirectShow64 module, multicast support, and reworked installation scripts, even for 64 bit Windows Vista. A free download of the pylon 2.1 release, including the SDK, is available from Basler's website.
Allied Vision Technologies Expands North American Operations
NEWBURYPORT, MA - Allied Vision Technologies announces the expansion of its North-American operations. Following the acquisition of Prosilica of Canada in July 2008, the camera manufacturer increased the floor space of its U.S.-subsidiary in Newburyport, MA, and strengthened its sales team with two new representatives. LEARN MORE
Vision & Sensors e-Premier Product:
Camera line is now available with USB interface
The new USB 2.0 based cameras in the ProgRes
® CMOS and CCD Research camera line have been optimized according to customer wishes and are available worldwide at authorized ProgResResellers.
Braintech Inc. Launches Integrator Partner Program
MCLEAN, VA - Braintech Inc. has launched an Integrator Partner Program (IPP), providing comprehensive on-site technical training and sales support for its vision guided robotics (VGR) software to enhance product sales through additional sales channels into multiple new markets and industries.
"We have designed our Integrator Partner Program based upon the philosophy of 'We're better together,' " Braintech Chief Executive Officer Rick Weidinger says. "Now that we are no longer exclusive to ABB, this is the first time the company has been able to implement a partnership program offering integration, functionality and economies of scale to all of the major robot manufacturers and end-user customers." LEARN MORE
I'm afraid I have a bit of a history of heading off in different directions than most people do. It's a trailblazing streak that sometimes opens up great new opportunities, but also oftentimes makes things just plain hard.
A while ago-17 years-I got very excited about trying to do industrial-grade machine vision on the Windows platform. This launched me onto a path across many hot stones and pointy objects that took years to navigate. But in the end, aided by the prolonged efforts of many other individuals and organizations, Windows-based machine vision won the race against proprietary "vision engines" running their own embedded operating systems and even defeated machine vision on the Mac (for those of you that might still remember the great products from Automatix). LEARN MORE
BENSENVILLE, IL-Quality Magazine has launched the Quality Magazine Group on business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn ( www.linkedin.com). It is a place to discuss measurement, test, inspection, analysis and quality management challenges and solutions. LEARN MORE
MVTec Hosts GenICam Meeting in Munich
MUNICH, GERMANY - The 2009 "GenICam & GigE Vision Technical Meeting" took place in Munich, Germany, April 21 to 24. The event with machine vision experts from the whole world was hosted by the Munich software manufacturer MVTec Software GmbH.
Twenty-six participants from 17 companies and organizations came to Munich to push the progress of the industry standards GenICam and GigE Vision. The aim of these standards is to clearly ease and unify the image acquisition as well as the configuration of industry cameras. LEARN MORE
Flir Systems Announces First Quarter 2009 Financial Results
PORTLAND, OR - Flir Systems Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Revenue was $272 million, up 15% compared to first quarter 2008 revenue of $236.9 million. "We are very pleased with our performance in the first quarter. We recorded solid revenue growth, excellent earnings growth, and the highest gross margin and operating margin in the company's history," notes Earl Lewis, president and CEO. "We achieved this performance through solid execution in a difficult economy, as all three divisions improved gross margins and operating margins compared with the prior year. Economic conditions and government order activity in the second quarter will be important factors in our performance for the remainder of 2009 and into 2010. As a result, we are reaffirming our revenue and earnings per share outlook for the year." LEARN MORE
100% Quality Inspection
Visual inspection systems have been used to inspect adhesive beads and sealants in automotive engineering for the last 20 years. However, not until the introduction of in-process solutions did the systems feature the required durability to withstand ambient impacts. Moreover, today's inspection systems also take on the function of robot vision and are even able to monitor the bead height. They play a critical role when it comes to adhering to the most stringent tolerance specifications: Car bodies can be bonded and sealed perfectly with these kinds of systems. LEARN MORE
From the Editor: Risky Business by Michelle Bangert
We live in tough times these days, what with the roller coaster stock market and unemployment, not to mention pirates.
Luckily quality does not seem to be an industry affected by this last job hazard just yet. However, if you have a pirates-on-the-job story, I-and probably just about everyone else you know-would be very interested to hear it. LEARN MORE
Imaging and machine vision are multipurpose technologies widely used in industry, science, medicine and surveillance. More and more ideas for vision applications are growing to increase production processes and address quality challenges.
For imaging software, it means developing faster algorithms and better use of current hardware environments, such as the benefit of multi-core computers. In addition, new matching technologies to robustly and reliably find objects or work pieces even in images with strong perspective distortions are arriving. LEARN MORE