Quality Magazine

Vol. 4 No. 8

May 21, 2009

Vision & Sensors

Volume 4, Issue 8

In this issue of Vision & Sensors UPDATE: 

News: Applied Vision Wins Leading Edge Award

Web Exclusive: 100% Quality Inspection

Feature: A Vision Guided Robotics Primer

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Robots & Vision

International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Conference Highlights Green and Lean

ANN ARBOR, MI - Cost savings, green technology trends, inspection, lean and cutting-edge technology secrets will be revealed at the International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and Conference. The event takes place June 9 to 11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois, and the conference features presentations by some 50 international experts on automation in manufacturing. LEARN MORE

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Applied VisionApplied Vision Wins Leading Edge Award

AKRON, OH - Applied Vision Corp., a producer of machine vision inspection systems, received the 2009 Leading Edge Award presented by the Entrepreneurs EDGE, an organization dedicated to growth and development in Northeast Ohio. The award recognizes Applied Vision for its leadership in creating economic value for the region with a 56% increase in pre-tax earnings and a 67% increase in employee compensation over the past four years. This is Applied Vision's second consecutive win. LEARN MORE




Ned Lecky A New Direction for Machine Vision
by Ned Lecky

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. LEARN MORE



Braintech Supports Vision Guided Robotic Accuracy Tests

Texas Instruments Acquires Luminary Micro

Northwire Holds Steady Despite Economy


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


June 9-11     
The Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show, New York. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200. www.canontradeshows.com

June 9-11     
MD&M East, New York. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200. www.canontradeshows.com

June 22-26           
The International Plastics Showcase (NPE) 2009, Chicago. The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI), (202) 974-5235.  www.npe.org 

July 26-30           
NCSL International 2009 Workshop and Symposium, San Antonio, TX.  NCSL International, (303) 440-3339.

Sept. 22-24    
Quality Expo, Rosemont, IL. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.





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Photonics Visionary to be Honored at SPIE Europe Optical Metrology Congress

CARDIFF, WALES, UNITED KINGDOM -- Prof. Dr. h. c. Lothar Späth will be honored with the SPIE Visionary Award at the SPIE Europe Optical Metrology congress in Munich, Germany, in June. The award is being made in recognition of his crucial support for photonics in the optical center of Jena.

Späth was chairman of Jenoptik AG when it was established in 1991 as the legal successor to the previously publicly owned (VEB) Carl Zeiss Jena. He had been charged with closing down the historic operation, but saw the industry's potential in the area, and instead reorganized and expanded the optical engineering company, transforming it into a public company listed in 1998. LEARN MORE

CognexCognex to Host Free Machine Vision Seminars

NATICK, MA - Cognex announced a new series of free seminars exclusively for manufacturing professionals. This half-day event will show how easy it is to set up and deploy vision and ID systems for automated inspection and quality control tasks in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, medical, automotive and electronics industries.

Each seminar combines an overview and demonstration of Cognex machine vision and industrial ID products, including how Cognex products work in manufacturing applications to accurately gauge, guide, identify and inspect products in order to reduce production costs and achieve a high level of product quality. LEARN MORE 

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ISRA100% 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

  Q-Tube-header-SUB New Video Added to Q-Tube: Color Measurement Technology 
                                      X-Rite Inc.

This video covers the evolution of color science and solutions, and introduces the xDNA, a new color measurement system that takes information from instrument to screen in less than 10 seconds. X-Rite's expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. WATCH VIDEO>>


Learning with Lecky: The Return of Linux
I never thought I'd say it, but Linux is starting to look like an appealing solution for machine vision application development and deployment.
by Ned Lecky

Quality Webinars Archived: Watch Now if You Missed It Live! 


BENSENVILLE, IL-If you missed last week's Quality webinar "Quality Strategies that Slash Costs," presented by Steve Wise, VP of Statistical Methods, InfinityQS International, and sponsored by InfinityQS, Click Here to view a replay.

A Vision Guided Robotics Primer
by David Dechow

In the time since the first mechanical arm was installed in an automotive plant in 1961, robots have revolutionized industrial automation. The programmable robotic arm is the keystone for many efficient, cost-effective and flexible automation processes. As valuable as robotics has become in many diverse applications, the value, capability and flexibility of this technology has been dramatically increased by the introduction of machine vision for guidance. Vision guided robotics (VGR) is the use of machine vision technology to provide coordinates that allow the robot, with an appropriate gripper, to pick up a part with some degree of accuracy when the original position of the part was not exactly known, or conversely, to move a captured part precisely to a target location. Normally, a robot moves blindly but repeatably to a known position within the arm's reach. LEARN MORE



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