Quality Magazine

Vol. 4 No. 2

February 12, 2009

Vision & Sensors

Volume 4, Issue 2

In this issue of Vision & Sensors UPDATE: 

News: Cognex Enlists Major Camera Suppliers for Strategic Alliance

Web Exclusive: Machine Vision Use Grows

Feature: Integration: Making it Work

Vision & Sensors e-Sponsor:



2D Scanning Sensor Compares Product Data to Master Parts

The KEYENCE LJ-G 2D Laser Displacement Sensor measures height, warpage, profile, angle, intersection and position on any material/surface and performs simultaneous measurements at 8 selected points. Surface profiles can be compared with master part data and analyzed in real-time using up to 28 measurement modes. The LJ-G sensor incorporates the world's first E3-CMOS image sensor and has a sampling speed of 3.8ms with ±0.1% of F.S accuracy. More info

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AIA Board

 Announces 2009-2010 Board

ANN ARBOR, MI-The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) announced its newly elected board of directors. LEARN MORE

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Internal Working Channel with IPLEX FX   
Adding to the array of versatile IPLEX FX Videoscope benefits is a new 6.2 mm (0.244 inch) diameter scope featuring an internal working channel. Six retrieval tools allow you to remove foreign objects from inside inspection areas - ideal for helping avoid costly overhauls - and perform hook and drag inspections in engines.

Alligator: For retrieving large objects
Basket: For retrieving spherical objects
Magnet: For retrieving magnetic objects
Snare: For retrieving protruding objects
Grasper: For retrieving small objects
Hook: To aid scope navigation when inspecting intricate engines  

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verVER Acquires Camera Related Equipment from Dalsa

WATERLOO, ONTARIO - Dalsa Corp., a provider of high performance digital imaging and semiconductors, announces that Video Equipment Rentals (VER), an international AV, audio, broadcast and computer equipment rental company, has purchased Dalsa's inventory of high definition and standard definition camera related equipment. LEARN MORE

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Newport NanoPositioning Newport Announces the New Line of NanoPositioning Products
Newport Corp. announces a new line of robust NanoPositioning Piezo stages and a 3-axis controller/driver. The product family offers multi-layer, low-voltage piezoelectric transducers and nanometer resolution.

IDSIDS Expands its Office and Production Facilities

OBERSULM, GERMANY - For the second time in just three years, the German camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems has expanded its facilities to create more space for offices, production and logistics. The representative new building at the company headquarters in Obersulm, Germany, was opened at the end of 2008. LEARN MORE


Vision & Sensors


e2v Signs Distribution Agreement With Atlantek

Point Grey Research Announces New Distributor in Taiwan 

Osborn Appointed President of Braintech Industrial Inc.


February 23-25
Intermediate SmartGD&T for Design, Manufacturing & Inspection, San Jose, CA. Multi Metrics Inc., (888) 422-3423.

March 9-10                 
17th Annual International Conference on ISO 9000, Orlando. International Conference on ISO 9000, (866) 500-3383.

March 11-12                
2009 Lean & Six Sigma Conference, Orlando. International Lean & Six Sigma Conference, (866) 500-3383. 

March 11-12             
AM Expo/ATX South, Charlotte, NC. Canon Communications LLC, (310) 445-4200.

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

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.

Vision & Sensors Conference

Allied Vision Technologies

Vision & Sensors e-Marketplace: 
New High Sensitivity Stingrays
Featuring Sony ExView HAD CCDs™ (ICX445 and ICX285) at 1.25 and 1.45 megapixels respectively, the Stingray F-125 and F-145 from Allied Vision Technologies provide enhanced sensitivity from the visible to NIR spectrum. These models are the flavor of choice when you need a camera that is truly sensitive.
• 14-bit A/D output for high dynamic range
• Firewire-B interface for fast, fool-proof image transfer
• Real time, programmable I/O
• 32 MB of on-board memory
• Smart features for frame grabber emulation


Applied Vision Partners with Stolle Machinery to Produce Machine Vision Systems

AKRON, OH - Applied Vision Corp. and Stolle Machinery have entered into an exclusive arrangement to manufacture a machine vision inspection system that delivers 100% surface decoration inspection for metal containers. The new technology, expected to become available in the first quarter of 2009, will be the latest product offering in Applied Vision's KromaKing series of color vision systems. This advanced color and pattern inspection technology will allow can manufacturers to test sample batches or re-sort ''hold for inspection'' (HFI) to reduce waste. The new Applied Vision inspection system uses the same high speed container handling machine as Stolle's world-renowned inside spray systems. LEARN MORE






Cognex Enlists Major Camera Suppliers for Strategic Alliance

NATICK, MA - Cognex Corp. announced the launch of the Cognex Acquisition Alliance. Through the Acquisition Alliance, Cognex establishes strong technical and marketing relationships with major camera manufacturers. This strategic partnership program provides its mutual customers with integrated machine vision solutions. LEARN MORE

Vision & Sensors Blogs

Learning with Lecky: Keep it Close
by Ned Lecky

In the present economy, outsourcing of design is a common choice. Companies need to accomplish more with smaller teams in every department, including engineering. Unfortunately, I regularly encounter failed design outsourcing projects. They bring me a steady stream of work, but it is work I would rather not have to do, because it is a waste of all of our already-strained resources. READ BLOG


Web Exclusives

Matrox ImagingMachine Vision Use Grows
The problem: verify and inspect wine labels after they have been glued onto the bottles. The solution: acquire images of the bottle's entire surface and use the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) to process and analyze the images. The Kendall-Jackson winery (Fulton, CA) realized they needed to inspect the labels on bottles after they pass through the labelling machine, but the bottles emerge in a random position and orientation. Essentially, the winery required a solution that was flexible enough to inspect the labels independently of the bottle's orientation on the conveyor.  READ MORE


Integration: Making it Work
by David Dechow

The potential automated inspection project has been identified. A thorough evaluation of needs, budget and return on investment has been performed. All specific application requirements have been clearly defined and communicated. A functional specification has been developed which defines project scope, inspection tasks, automation requirements and acceptance criteria. This machine vision project is at the critical point where someone actually must make it work. READ MORE


Quality Magazine Launches Q-Cast Podcasts

During 2008, Quality Magazine unveiled
Q-Tube, a video channel on the Internet that brings visitors to Quality Online ( www.qualitymag.com) and provides coverage of the latest trade shows, on-hand demonstrations of the latest products, interviews of leading industry professionals, on-site factory tours and more. 
      NEW in 2009 are
  Q-Cast podcasts, first-hand audio interviews and newscasts that you can listen to online or download to your computer, iPod or MP3 player. Learn about the latest in technology developments and industry news at your convenience.

      In the first Q-Cast podcasts, Managing Editor Maggie McFadden speaks with two of our 2009 Quality Leadership 100 winners. In these first Q-Casts, Maggie goes beyond what will appear in the March 2009 issue of Quality Magazine and delivers more detail about what makes a leader in quality practices. Click here to hear these now.


The Assembly Summit 2009 Coming to Chicago in March


CHICAGO-The Assembly Summit 2009, hosted by Quality Magazine's sister publication, ASSEMBLY Magazine, will occur March 24 to 26, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare. This two-day forum will bring leaders from every facet of manufacturing together to share their real-world experience in tackling the toughest challenges in product assembly.
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