EVENT/ SHOW PREVIEW

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition

27 April 2017
Milton Keynes, UK

The first dedicated UK machine vision conference and exhibition. Organised by UKIVA, the show will bring visitors up to speed with the latest developments in industrial machine vision and imaging.

Exhibitors: 

Acrovision

Acrovision will be exhibiting Validator, a suite of in-line package and label inspection systems to monitor and control production lines. The Validator family ensures the product matches the packaging, as well as inspecting for fill level and cap detection, and that the label is correct and legible. The system is designed to be easy to install and operate.

Validator provides a cost-effective solution more or less off-the-shelf, yet with the flexibility to customise for specific needs. It has also been designed to interface easily with periphery devices. This could be I/O options for direct mechanical control of alarms and reject mechanisms, or saving failed images to a remote FTP server. Other options include multiple cameras for multi-sided products, enclosures made in food-grade stainless steel, and central control for multiple lines.

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Alrad Instruments

Alrad Instruments will be showing its Advision Avcam inspection system as well as some of its lenses, cameras, lighting and frame grabbers, including CoaXPress cameras and frame grabbers from BitFlow that offer higher performance than GigE or USB3.

Alrad‘s vision products manager Raf Slotwinski will be giving a talk explaining what lens to use with all the new sensor formats. Many of the company‘s other suppliers are giving talks, including Ricoh, Matrix Vision and The Imaging Source, and will be exhibiting on adjacent booths.

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AP Technologies

AP Technologies will be exhibiting liquid crystal (LC)-based fast optical shutters, fast polarisation modulators, variable polarisation rotators and variable neutral density filters.

The LC components have many applications in machine vision to control intensity and polarisation, enabling optimisation of image quality under varying conditions.

Shutters consist of a polarisation modulator in the form of an LC cell positioned between two crossed polarisers. Applying the drive voltage rotates the polarisation of light passing through the LC cell, changing the transmittance of light through the shutter. Typical peak transmission is 40 per cent with contrast ratios from 1,000:1 to 120,000:1. Analogue greyscale operation between open and closed states is possible with voltage amplitude modulation.

Polarisation modulators and rotators use the liquid crystal characteristics to control the polarisation the transmitted light, replacing multiple fixed polarisers with a single component.

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Baumer

Baumer’s new VeriSens models of the XC, XF and ID series will be on show, granting users the benefit of doubled productivity in image-based quality inspection thanks to enhanced processing performance. Integrating Industrial Ethernet, these vision sensors feature the high level of connectivity required for the Internet of Things, while also cutting down on integration and cabling efforts to ease setup.

The VeriSens series is a compact image processing system in the shape of a sensor. Typical applications among many others include packaging and quality inspection. As an inline solution, different product features can be easily verified directly after a manufacturing step so that defective parts can be sorted out immediately.

Flexibility and versatility of image based part verification is a must for many users today, with VeriSens being the ideal component for this. As a complete image processing system, it includes all necessary hardware and software, and can be configured intuitively using a PC.

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ClearView Imaging

ClearView Imaging will be demonstrating a range of new technology, with highlights including Matrox Imaging’s new Iris GTR smart camera, Flir’s new 10 GigE Oryx camera, Photonfocus’ 3D and hyperspectral cameras, Net’s Corsight line scan smart camera, SVS Vistek’s range of ultra-high resolution cameras and CVR Lighting’s line lights. 

Also on show will be ClearView’s CheckMate Vision range of in-line and off-line label verification solutions, based around Matrox’s powerful String Reader and SureDotOCR tools. 

ClearView Imaging will also be giving two presentations at the conference, one from managing director Allan Anderson, who will cover the challenges faced when verifying print from continuous inkjet printers, and another from one of ClearView’s customers, Denso Marston, who will present its design journey when developing its Vision Box system, a multi-camera automotive part inspection system.

Cognex

Cognex will showcase its In-Sight VC200 series, a family of multi smart camera vision systems. 

The In-Sight VC200’s processing power increases with each additional camera, helping it keep pace with fast production lines while providing the flexibility to solve applications with sequential or asynchronous inspections.

The In-Sight VC200 includes a fully customisable, web-enabled HMI, providing monitoring and control through password-protected access levels. With the In-Sight VC200, operators can now view inspections, controls engineers can modify parameters and plant managers can review performance statistics simultaneously from any iOS-, Android- or Windows-based device with a web browser.

In-Sight VC200 multi-camera applications are easy to set up with the In-Sight Explorer software. The graphical workflow simplifies vision applications by separating the inspection steps into manageable tool blocks. It also provides access to In-Sight vision tools - including PatMax Redline, OCRMax and others - through a familiar spreadsheet interface.

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Crest Solutions

Crest Solutions will have experts on hand to discuss optimising manufacturing and packaging processes for compliance with quality standards and regulations. The company designs and installs bespoke machine vision inspection and track and trace solutions for manufacturing industries.

Crest Solutions will demonstrate its LineDirector, a centralised software control system that guarantees product and packaging quality while managing all production line peripherals and associated data in a manufacturing environment. The system integrates with existing line hardware and supports compliance with regulations such as 21 CFR Part 11 where required, with integration through GAMP and a full audit trail.

In addition, Crest Solutions’ CEO Frank Madden will give a presentation a project for a customer in the medical device industry.

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CVR Lighting

CVR designs and manufactures high brightness and high uniformity line lights for industrial vision systems. On show will be CVR’s Tensor and Vector line lights, capable of producing light at more than one million lux with excellent uniformity at 1.5 per cent. Available in lengths of up to five metres and IP65 rated, with intensity control and a range of cooling options - passive, fan or liquid - CVR’s products can cover almost any line scan application, including web, print, and surface inspection.

In his presentation, Dr Vincent Guenebaut from CVR will cover the topic of colour and intensity light calibration and explore the question ‘is constant re-calibration possible?’

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Euresys

Euresys will introduce a new Quad CXP-6 frame grabber with on-board laser line extraction for 3D profiling. The frame grabber extracts profiles at high speed using a standard CoaXPress area scan camera with zero host CPU consumption. Based on this product, an online system can process up to 38,000 profiles per seconds to generate height maps of objects under inspection. Euresys will demonstrate the product live on its booth.

In addition, the company will showcase its high performance CoaXPress and Camera Link frame grabber series, as well as the machine vision image processing library Open eVision.

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Flir Systems

Flir Systems will show a wide variety of thermal imaging cameras for machine vision applications. Among the cameras on display will be the Flir A66xx series, a high-speed thermal imaging camera with Flir cooled InSb detector.

Flir A66xx series incorporates a cooled Flir Indium Antimonide (InSb) detector operating in the 3µm to 5µm waveband. The camera produces crisp thermal images of 640 x 512 pixels. Achieving a high thermal sensitivity of 20mK, Flir A66xx series is able to capture the finest image details.

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Framos

Framos will present its broad imaging portfolio, technical expert talks, and a live asynchronous lightning demonstration. Visitors can expect to see the latest imaging sensors from Sony, e2v and On Semiconductor; new imaging platforms will be shown, as well as imaging applications for the manufacturing and medical industry.

Framos experts will present ‘the pillars of build versus buy’ of imaging; high-performing lighting control for vision systems from Smartek Vision; and Videology’s ‘latency-free long distance transmission’.

The company is able to support customers as a global partner from sensor to system along the complete value chain. Excellent technical support allows customers to shorten their time-to-market, ranging from image sensor selection through camera customisation to full turn-key designs.

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IDS Imaging Development Systems

IDS Imaging Development Systems is focusing on embedded vision and the new USB3.1 standard. Its technical seminars on the benefits offered by USB 3.1 Gen1 cameras and the capabilities of embedded vision systems will be complemented by practical demonstrations on the exhibition stand.

Rapid prototyping of embedded vision systems using an IDS camera, Raspberry Pi3 board and embedded software will be demonstrated. Also on show will be the new USB 3.1 Gen 1 uEye LE series of cameras, available in both board-level and housed versions, with a choice of four sensors offering resolutions from 0.5 to 6 megapixels. Featuring USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectivity using the versatile Type-C connector, the cameras provide hardware support for 12W power delivery. 

There will also be an opportunity to see the new Ensenso X 3D camera system with a 100W projector. Two 1.3 megapixel cameras mounted at different distances allow a range of working distances and angles for image capture of larger objects, such as whole pallets or entire rooms.

Matrix Vision

Matrix Vision will present camera models with Sony Pregius sensors operating up to 12 megapixels and Gigabit Ethernet, Dual Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 interfaces. Furthermore, the company will show a new kind of 3D camera, a modular perception camera called the MvBlueSirius. Inspired by human vision, the 3D camera determines position, location, and movement of known objects in space. Logisitcs and automotive users will benefit from this reliable and fast system.

Matrix Vision will also introduce the intuitive smart camera MvBlueGemini. This camera makes it possible for end users and system integrators to implement applications more efficiently. Applications can be solved without programming because the camera covers all the basic functions. User-defined tools can be developed as required on the open system.

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Matrox Imaging

Matrox Imaging will be alongside its distribution partner Clearview Imaging at the show. Matrox Imaging will be demonstrating dot-matrix text reading using Matrox SureDotOCR technology running on the Matrox Iris GTR smart camera, as well as a multi-camera inspection scenario, managed by a Matrox 4Sight GPm vision controller and created using the Matrox Design Assistant 5 development environment.

The company’s European sales representative Jason MacDonald will be giving a talk entitled: ‘Programming advanced vision systems without writing code’. This presentation will discuss and survey the options available in the latest generation of machine vision software designed to remove coding requirements and allow a wider variety of users to create their own machine vision applications. Software that's easy to use, as seen in Matrox’s Design Assistant and MIL CoPilot, saves development time, human resource costs and integration resources.

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MVTec Software

MVTec Software will be showing its general purpose machine vision software Halcon, along with its all-in-one machine vision software product Merlic.

Halcon is optimised for the needs of OEMs and system integrators, and enables engineers to set up their own solutions for a specific machine vision task. Merlic enables users to build complete solutions quickly without programming.

In addition, MVTec’s Adriano Biocchi will present during the software and embedded vision seminar. The talk will cover topics including embedded vision, 3D technologies, the Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0, and deep learning.

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Net

The power of embedded vision will form the focus of Net at the conference, with its GigEPro and Corsight products.

The GigEPro brings together the concept of a GigE Vision camera with an open FPGA processing engine, where standard or custom algorithms can be executed, thus making real-time image pre-processing a reality.

The Corsight product then takes embedded vision to another level and packs an Intel Quad Core CPU and FPGA - with open architecture - into a compact IP67 enclosure. With a choice of area scan and line scan sensors, along with the ability to run custom algorithms, or work with any third-party machine vision library, the Corsight gives vision developer’s power in a compact embedded format. There will be a live label verification demo on Net’s booth, showcasing the line scan version of the smart camera.

Tim Miller from Net will also give a presentation on GigE Vision and FPGA processing, the Open Camera concept.

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Photonfocus

Photonfocus will be demonstrating its fifth generation of 3D cameras with superior CMOS sensors and advanced on-board 3D processing functionality, highlighting how 3D applications can be solved using 3D laser triangulation. Photonfocus’ 3D cameras support resolutions up to 2k in width and line rates up to 68kHz.

Photonfocus will also showcase its range of hyperspectral cameras and the recently released HyperSpectral SDK, which is a software tool designed to test hyperspectral imaging cameras and guide the generation of hypercubes.

Dr Peter Schwider from Photonfocus will also be giving a presentation on the company’s 3D camera technology.

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Pleora Technologies

Pleora Technologies will be showcasing how its Nbase-T embedded video interface brings new bandwidth advantages to imaging system design. The iPort NTx-NBT embedded video interface provides a cost-effective upgrade path for imaging device designers by supporting faster 5Gb/s transfer of GigE Vision-compliant images over existing Cat5e cabling. While competing approaches require specialised cabling and expensive networking components, the iPort NTx-NBT is a natural evolution for high-performance imaging thanks to its bandwidth flexibility, low-cost field-terminated cabling, multicasting support, and compatibility with existing GigE Vision software.

Scorpion Vision

Scorpion Vision will be making two presentations at the conference. 

Thor Vollset will present a paper on the 3D robot guidance challenge. With multiple scenarios, high flexibility is required from robot guidance. Robots must be able to handle various types of moving object, reflective and naturally textured objects, small and large objects, and objects that are randomly oriented. Vollset's talk will address these requirements.

Paul Wilson will be giving a presentation on the automation of labour-intensive production lines. In the UK there are many factories that still have a heavy reliance on low cost labour. This is particularly noticeable within the food industry, which is driven in many respects by the dominance of supermarkets. Wilson will talk about his experience in automating a sprout peeling production line that has moved from reliance on 60 workers, to a compact, robotic system that works 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

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Sick

Sick will be launching its new open software platform, Sick AppSpace, which can be used to develop and implement application solutions on the company’s programmable devices. Sick AppSpace provides users with the flexibility to exploit Sick’s growing range of smart vision systems and intelligent sensors. 

The new Sick SIM4000 sensor integration machine will also be exhibited, a high-performance, one-box, multicore processor that can integrate multiple cameras and sensors together with powerful image processing. 

Additionally, the Inspector P, Sick’s first fully user-programmable range of 2D vision cameras with all the performance and flexibility needed for critical duties in verification, inspection and quality control, will be on display.

Lastly, the company will showcase its Visionary 3D camera, which uses ‘snapshot 3D’ technology to provide a robust solution for industrial applications that benefit from having 3D data delivered in one shot, for example obstacle recognition, collision warning systems or pallet handling applications.

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Sony Europe's Image Sensing Solutions

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions will be showing its latest series of GS CMOS cameras offering clear benefits to designers and end users in factory automation and non-manufacturing markets.

The new Sony XCL-SG510 is a high frame rate Camera Link V2.0 module with a global shutter that allows high-speed moving objects to be captured clearly and accurately. The camera provides 5.1 megapixel images at up to 154 frames per second. Designed around the Sony 2/3-type Exmor CMOS sensor with Pregius technology, the module has been created to extract the best possible image, even in low light conditions.

The XCL-SG510 series follows Sony’s recent release of the 2.4 megapixel and 5.1 megapixel GigE range of GSCMOS cameras. The XCL-CG510 will also be shown at the Sony stand, along with the company’s other camera technology, including 4K.

Stemmer Imaging

Stemmer Imaging will be delivering seminars covering versatile image processing software and high-performance smart camera functionality during the conference.

A conveyor belt demonstration featuring a Boa 2 smart camera and Boa Spot IDE vision sensor from Teledyne Dalsa will show barcode, 2D datamatrix code and OCR capabilities on a variety of boxes. This not only highlights Teledyne Dalsa's brand new high speed, high performance code reading algorithm, but also cameras that are individually filtered to read only from boxes of a specific colour. 

There will also be the opportunity for attendees to see 2D and 3D cameras, LED illumination and optics from some of Stemmer Imaging’s extensive range of suppliers.

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SVS Vistek

SVS Vistek will be showing its range of high resolution, high speed cameras.

Supporting resolutions up to 47 megapixels and a range of camera interfaces from GigE Vision, USB3, Camera Link and CoaXPress, offering both CMOS and CCD sensor technology, SVS Visitek offers system developers a huge range of variety.

During his presentation at the conference, Henrik Ilsby from SVS Vistek will cover ‘New advances in super high resolution imaging’ and explain why higher resolution often prevails, especially compared to using multiple lower resolution cameras to cover an area that a single high-resolution camera could.

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Analysis and opinion
Analysis and opinion