Vision 2016

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08 November 2016 to 10 November 2016
Stuttgart, Germany
Messe Stuttgart

Adaptive Vision

Adaptive Vision will preview the latest version (4.7) of its Adaptive Vision Studio and Adaptive Vision Library products. The software library is now compatible with ARM platforms and a new, simplified interface is available for end-users, called Adaptive Vision Inspector.

New features and tools in the updated version include HMI controls for displaying charts, a new runtime licensing scheme for local clouds, and improvements that allow the creation of complete programs through a touch screen.


Adimec will demonstrate several new CoaXPress cameras, including a multi-camera solution, the Norite N-5A100.

The Norite N-5A100 is a five megapixel camera based on the Python5000 CMOS image sensor in a 29 x 29 x 43mm format. For developers of vision systems with multiple cameras, such as side-view cameras for 3D solder paste inspection, automated optical inspection and metrology, the N-5A100 offers reduced system complexity at 105fps throughput per camera, not only because of its size and performance, but because of the simplified integration of CoaXPress.

Multiple Norite N-5A100 models can be controlled from one user interface, and up to four cameras connected to one frame grabber. Multi-camera systems using the N-5A100 eliminate the constraints of Camera Link- and USB 3.0-based vision systems, such as frame speed limits, short cabling and EMI/EMC interference. The Norite simplifies machine vision design and increases reliability of vision systems.


Video interface specialist Aivion will be exhibiting new single link transmission links for optical fibre and coaxial cables. These solutions enable block camera video streams of up to 10km. The camera can now be controlled via the receiver with a multiplex concept over the same optical fibre line used for the video transmission.

In the copper-based variant (standard 3G-SDI coaxial video cables), the block camera and the interface can additionally be supplied with power from the receiver unit. For both variants, only a single cable is required for video transmission and camera control. The necessary receiver units for remote control and remote supply are also offered.

Aivion’s complete portfolio of video interfaces for block camera manufacturers such as Sony, Tamron and Koeisha will also be shown at the exhibition. They can be used for various industrial, medical, broadcast and security applications.

Automation Technology

Automation Technology will be presenting the C5-1280-GigE 3D sensor at the show. The device uses laser triangulation to scan objects. It has a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels and measurement speed of up to 200kHz.

The C5-1280-GigE has a subpixel precision of 1/64 pixel. As a result, the high speed 3D sensor has a dynamic of 512 height values even at its maximal profile rate of 200,000 profiles per second.

The device communicates via Gigabit Ethernet interface and complies with the GigE-Vision and GenICam standard. The HDR-3D functionality (high dynamic range) has also been implemented. This feature enables better scanning of materials and surfaces with inhomogeneous reflection properties. Furthermore, the new C5-sensor supports 3D-scan functions such as automatic AOI-tracking, AOI-search and auto-start.

The C5 sensors have a compact and rugged design and are equipped with M12 tensile- and tear-resistant connectors to ensure power supply as well as a reliable data transfer.


Basler’s Ace series will be one of many products featured at its stand. The latest Ace models are fitted with Sony's IMX sensors as well as CMOS sensors from On Semiconductor’s Python series. These cameras deliver resolutions ranging from VGA to five megapixels, and speeds of up to 751fps. Each of the new Ace models features a combination of compact design, CMOS sensors with the latest global shutter technology and an optimal price/performance ratio.

Visitors are invited to view a live demonstration of the PGI feature set - Basler's in-camera image optimisation - and the company's time-of-flight (ToF) 3D camera, an industrial ToF camera with VGA resolution in the mid-market price segment.

Another live presentation will illustrate how to achieve size and cost-optimised system integration using embedded vision. Basler's booth will also promote other camera series, such as the Beat, Pulse and Dart, as well as the company's lenses, cables and other accessories.


Baumer will exhibit its CX camera series with models based on the Sony Pregius sensor IMX253. The cameras measure 29 x 29mm and are supplied with a USB 3.0 interface. They have a high resolution of 4,096 x 3,000 pixels and frame rates of 31fps.

The CX cameras are ideal for demanding applications such as surface inspection, 2D/3D measuring technology, packaging inspection and traffic monitoring.

Camera events and the integrated image memory ensure synchronised process control for long-term stability in image evaluation. The models are thermally stable up to 65°C.

The USB cameras use only a single cable for high data transmission rates and easy integration. Optically isolated input and output make the system reliable.


Exhibiting for the 16th time at Vision, image recognition specialist Bi-Ber will present its latest products, focusing on this year's special topic ‘Food & Beverage Vision’. Among other innovations, Bi-Ber will demonstrate a new 3D scanning system that contains a laser-profile sensor for mould breakage detection in chocolate moulds.

Using the triangulation method, the scanner detects faulty break-offs on chocolate moulds immediately during manufacture. Even the smallest irregularities  such as chocolate mix splashes  can be distinguished from broken-off plastic pieces. The wear of moulds can also be monitored at very broad scan widths by the use of multiple DS1300 cameras from Cognex. The system can be adapted easily to various applications, can be custom-dimensioned and is geometrically adjustable to any given installation environment.

In addition, Bi-Ber will give a presentation about 3D mould check systems during the Industrial Vision Days of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA). Look out for the Food & Beverage logo at Vision 2016.


BitFlow will have exciting and innovative products on display in Stuttgart. The newly released BitBox, an IO Box with high speed serial communication to the frame grabber, will be showcased in a demonstration. Two additional new products, the Aon and a CoaXPress splitter will also be on display. The Aon is a low cost, single link CoaXPress frame grabber similar in design to the Cyton-CXP family. The CoaXPress splitter can take a CoaXPress signal from a camera and send it to up to four different systems for processing or display. BitFlow will also be demonstrating GPU interfacing technology, showcasing the capabilities of the frame grabber's interactions with GPUDirect and DirectGMA.

The Crowley Company

The Crowley Company will introduce its new Machcam 71 megapixel machine vision camera at the show. The camera is available for single use application or as an OEM product.

The USB3 Machcam is ideal for industry applications ranging from packaging and inspection to law enforcement and archival scanning. Meeting multiple preservation imaging guidelines in the US and internationally, the camera is available in two models, monochrome and colour. It has a Cmosis sensor as its base, and measures only 83 x 83 x 63.5mm, meaning it can be implemented easily into machine vision applications. The camera package includes: the camera, SDK, installation software, and manual and source code files.


Datalogic’s latest bar code readers, mobile computers, vision systems, laser marking equipment and sensors for detection, measurement and safety will feature at the show. 

The need to recognise and identify product attributes beyond a bar code is becoming increasingly important for manufacturing packing processes and logistic operations. ‘Barcode and Beyond’ is therefore Datalogic’s theme at Vision 2016. 

The company will demonstrate two important applications based on pattern recognition, a machine vision tool for object identification. This new tool enables a multitude of image-based applications. Datalogic will also introduce an innovative software tool for fast and robust OCR applications based on the MX-E vision processor.


E2v will be exhibiting its custom and standard image sensors, line scan cameras, camera modules and subsystems at the show. Exclusive demonstrations will be held for its new Emerald product family of CMOS image sensors, which includes a global shutter pixel only 2.8µm in size that offers improved performance and reduced system costs thanks to a smaller optical format and higher resolutions.

E2v will also be exhibiting its UNiiQA+ and ELiiXA+ colour line scan cameras that are now available with an NBase-T Ethernet frame grabber-less interface, providing a cost-effective solution for transmitting uncompressed, high-bandwidth images at the highest possible speeds. E2v will also highlight its capabilities in custom image sensor development, 3D imaging and multispectral imaging.

Edmund Optics

Edmund Optics will present a large variety of new products addressing the recent trends and needs for more flexibility, durability, large formats and high resolution. Demonstrations showing how Edmund Optics’ products are enabling various applications will also take place.

In total, three new product series will be presented: the UC series, a line of six focal length lenses designed to fit 1/1.8-inch sensors with 2.2µm pixels, and addressing resolution demands; the TitanTL series made up of 16 telecentric lenses for large field of view options of up to 242mm; and the Cx series, four different fixed focal length lenses with a user-adjustable mid-section, allowing a maximum degree of flexibility working with filters, custom apertures or liquid lenses.


Euresys will be showcasing its latest products at Vision, including the Coaxlink Quad G3 DF, a CoaXPress card that allows the distribution of image processing workload among several host PCs; and the InterPC C2C-Link adapter, an accessory that eases the synchronisation of cameras. A drone application will also be shown featuring the Coaxlink Duo PCIe/104, a ruggedised, extended-temperature-range CoaXPress frame grabber for embedded video in military, industrial, and mission-critical applications. A brand-new 8-connection CoaXPress camera from Vieworks that works with Coaxlink will also be shown.

In addition, the company will preview its upcoming 2017 products: the Coaxlink Quad 3D-LLE, a CoaXPress frame grabber that performs onboard 3D laser line detection at 25Gbps with zero CPU load; the EasyOCR2, Open eVision's next generation optical character recognition (OCR) library for industrial applications; and the HD1, a low latency 1080p60 H.265 IP video encoder.

Prototypes of the CXP-10 (10 Gbps) and CXP12 (12.5 Gbps) CoaXPress interfaces will also be found at Euresys’ booth.

European Machine Vision Association

The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) will exhibit at the International Machine Vision Standards booth, where machine vision experts will present the most commonly used digital interface standards in the industry in their current versions, and stand by for advice on which standard should be used best for a certain application.

This year, the 10th anniversary of GenICam – the Generic Interface for Cameras standard – will be celebrated at the booth commonly hosted by EMVA, AIA, VDMA and the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA). The standard, which is hosted by the EMVA, provides a generic programming interface for all kinds of cameras and devices and offers a standard application programming interface (API) for all types of interface technology. By using the GenICam API, a user has the freedom to select the camera and interface technology that fits best with their requirements without the need to change their application software. 


Framos will be displaying the latest imaging sensors from Sony, e2v and ON Semiconductor at Vision. Smartek Vision’s new camera platform ‘twentynine’ will also be shown, as well as imaging-automated applications for the manufacturing, mobility and medical industries. The company’s focus at the show will be on intelligent solutions and technologies based on machine vision and imaging know-how. Cutting-edge novels for the improvement of industrial processes and working conditions – based on the results of Framos’ European Union research projects – will be highlighted.


Gardasoft will be demonstrating its Triniti intelligent lighting platform, with capabilities such as adaptive lighting control, multi-pulsing and safe overdriving of LEDs. Enhancements to the Triniti platform will also be shown through an automatic focusing demonstration, where Gardasoft’s new TR-CL series of single channel industrial lens controllers will provide accurate and repeatable control of Optotune EL-10-30 and EL-16-40 focus-tunable lenses.

The demonstration of the new TR-CL series will highlight auto-teaching and auto-recognition applications. It enables automation of machine vision applications by making access and control of system cameras, lighting and lenses possible in a single machine vision environment.

Gardasoft’s new TR-HT series will also be on show, high power LED lighting controllers available for machine vision applications. With two independent output channels, each rated at 150W and each capable of driving 50A in pulsed mode and 5A in continuous mode, these new models are ideally suited to driving high power LED area and LED bar lights.


IDS will be introducing a number of new camera series featuring USB 3.1 and GigE connectors.

The GigE uEye FA camera featuring an IP65/67 housing and M12 X-type circular connector will be shown. It is designed for applications in factory automation or harsh environments.

A new industrial camera series with a USB 3.1 type-C connector will also be presented by IDS. A housed version will be available as well as a single-board version with different lens holders. The camera series consists of models with various sensors, starting with the two megapixel IMX290 sensor and six megapixel IMX178 sensor from Sony.

In the field of 3D imaging, the stereo camera Ensenso X, which will be presented by IDS, is based on a flexible approach using a projector unit. Different cameras with variable working distances can be mounted on the unit. In doing this, different working distances and angles can be engineered, as well as applications imaging larger objects such as pallets or entire rooms.

Numerous exhibition demonstrations will show the possibilities and features of the cameras, including in bin picking, pallet detection and a multi-camera system with 16 USB 3.0 cameras.


JAI will showcase a range of new industrial high-speed monochrome line scan cameras from its Sweep Series, and will present an expanded range of small size and affordable area scan cameras from its Go Series.

The new Sweep SW-4000M-PMCL model is equipped with a 4k CMOS monochrome line sensor with a scan rate of up to 200kHz. The Sweep SW-8000M-PMCL model features an 8k CMOS monochrome line sensor with a scan rate up to 100kHz.

From the Go Series, JAI will show four new five megapixel models with GigE Vision interface. The GO-5101M-PGE (monochrome) and GO-5101C-PGE (colour) are based on the IMX264 CMOS sensor, whereas the GO-5100M-PGE (monochrome) and GO-5100C-PGE (colour) are based on the IMX250 CMOS sensor. All models feature low noise, high dynamic range and a global shutter. The GO-5100-PGE models also feature multi-ROI.

JAI also expands its Go Series with two new USB3 Vision models: GO-5100-USB, a five megapixel camera (IMX250), and GO-2400-USB, a 2.35 megapixel camera (IMX174).


Kowa will introduce a new 2/3 inch 3MP lens series with six focal lengths from 8mm to 50mm at the show. Other new products include an F-mount 28mm lens, a range of telecentric lenses and IR-corrected 2/3 inch 5MP lenses with focal lengths of 16, 25 and 35mm.

In the last two years, Kowa has released 1 and 2/3 inch ruggedised lenses made for use in high vibration and high shock environments. All internal glass elements of these series are glued. A two-way reversible nut is used to lock the focus adjustment ring in place tightly. Interchangeable iris plates which can be glued are used to select the F-stop.

Kowa plans to introduce ruggedised versions of series with other image sizes as well in the next one-to-two years.

LMI Technologies

LMI Technologies will be showing its Gocator 2400 series, the latest addition to the Gocator products of smart, all-in-one 3D line profilers.

The Gocator 2400 series is a new line of 3D smart sensors optimised for specific industries. The first two models in the series, the Gocator 2410 and 2420, are blue-laser profiling sensors designed for electronics and small parts inspection. These high line profile sensors provide an X resolution of 6µm, along with highly repeatable results, down to 0.2µm in height.

Twice the speed as the Gocator 2300 series (400-5,000Hz with windowing), the 2410 and 2420 sensors double the possible resolution of scan data in the direction of travel. In addition, because the sensors use a blue laser to create profiles, data around the edge of specular targets is cleaner, which is crucial for electronics and small part feature recognition.

The Gocator 2410 and 2420 come in a revised IP67 industrial housing with web-based user setup, built-in 3D visualisation, and drag-and-drop measurement tools.


Lumenera will present the soon-to-be-released Lt29059 USB 3.0 camera at Vision. Built with a high resolution 35mm format CCD sensor with a fully global electronic shutter, the Lt29059 captures excellent quality, high-resolution images with zero blur. The camera provides high smear rejection and dynamic range and is built for rugged 24/7 use. A completely integrated Canon EF lens controller offers increased longevity and durability with no external cabling required.

The compact, lightweight design of the Lt29059 ensures easy integration into tight spaces and enclosures. The robust enclosure is designed to dissipate heat effectively and increase reliability by avoiding the need for a fan. The CCD sensor provides both monochrome and vivid colour images for the most demanding environments, whereas the industrial-grade Lt29059 is ideally suited for applications requiring high resolution – such as intelligent traffic systems, high-resolution industrial inspection, surveillance and UAVs.

Matrix Vision

Matrix Vision will show its current USB 3.0, GigE and dual-GigE camera families, each integrated with Sony’s latest, more economical versions of its Pregius sensor range, which offer reduced frame rates and resolutions of 9 and 12 megapixels. 

The perception camera mvBlueSirius will also be on display. The multi-camera optical system perceives the 3D location, the speed and the direction of travel of objects in its field of view. The characteristics and fundamental principles of the product are based on the interactions between the human eye and the brain. 

The mvImpact Configuration Studio allows users to get started in industrial image processing thanks to its intuitive and simple operation concept. Used in conjunction with the mvBlueGemini smart camera, users without programming expertise and developers without image-processing knowledge can implement complete inspection tasks visually, quickly and cost-efficiently. New features such as the measure tool are offered in release 1.3 of the software.

Matrox Imaging

Matrox Imaging will demonstrate container integrity and marking inspection projects created using a new version of the Matrox Design Assistant flowchart-based vision software. The projects will run on the new Matrox Iris GTR smart camera, as well as the Matrox 4Sight GPm vision controller with two additional cameras.

Matrox Design Assistant is a hardware-independent integrated development environment (IDE). It lets users create an application flowchart and HMI to take machine vision projects from concept to completion quickly, without the need for conventional programming.

Matrox Iris GTR is an IP67-rated camera measuring 75 x 75 x 54mm, allowing it to fit into tight and dirty spaces. It uses On Semiconductor Python CMOS image sensors with high readout rates and an Intel Celeron dual-core embedded processor, which allows it to inspect on fast moving production lines or perform more inspections in an allotted time.

Matrox 4Sight GPm is a vision controller featuring a combination of embedded PC technology, compact size and ruggedness, making it an ideal solution for cost-sensitive image analysis and machine vision applications.

In a second demonstration, the latest version of Matrox Imaging Library vision software and add-ons will be paired with the Radient eV-CXP CoaXPress frame grabber to create and analyse high-quality 3D profiles of an industrial component.


Microscan, will be showcasing its MicroHawk barcode reader and smart camera platform, as well as its LVS verification solutions.

MicroHawk offers Microscan’s range of software and hardware options on a small smart camera suite. It offers scalability to perform basic to high-performance auto ID, as well as simple to advanced machine vision. The MicroHawk family includes a fully-integrated imaging engine and three industrial-rated miniature imagers.

With the release of AutoVision 4.0, Microscan has added more powerful features to its machine vision technology portfolio. For example, the Circle Measure Tool measures the radius of a circle when inspecting features like drill holes and apertures, and the Color tools detect, identify, and match coloured objects such as test tube caps, PCB components, or features in automotive dashboard displays.

On Microscan’s booth, visitors can also try the LVS barcode and print quality verifiers, which provide both an online and offline verification of codes (symbols and text) printed on labels and packaging.

Midwest Optical Systems

Midwest Optical Systems’ entire machine vision filter line-up will be on display. The innovative StablEdge filter design will be featured, along with an expanded acrylic filter line, new high temperature polarisers, filter test kits and exclusive mounting solutions. A live demonstration will show how StablEdge filters provide excellent wavelength control at any angle. StablEdge hybrid filter designs combine absorptive filter glass and interference filter coatings to provide out-of-band blocking and more than 90 per cent peak transmission. 

Exclusive mounting solutions by MidOpt will also show how filters can adapt easily to any system. In addition to exhibiting, MidOpt will be presenting ‘Next generation imaging – learn why filters are a requirement in your vision system’ on stage 1, hall 1.

MVTec Software

MVTec Software will be showcasing its newest technologies at Vision. Visitors can experience highlights of the latest Halcon and Merlic software releases in informative demonstrations on texture inspection, matching, deep learning, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Halcon 13 is now even more robust when it comes to recognising bar codes and data codes, even when they are damaged, occluded, or incomplete. The performance of shape-based matching has also been improved, and a new feature for user-friendly texture inspection has been added. Enhanced functions for optical character recognition (OCR) based on deep learning technologies are also included in the new release.

In demonstrative live sessions, MVTec experts will discuss the ‘Debugging of HDevEngine’ Halcon 13 feature. The presentation will explain how developers can use HDevEngine in HDevelop to locate and fix programming bugs in the machine vision section of their C# or C++ application. The new feature simplifies processes for programmers of machine vision applications, resulting in savings in time, cost, and effort. An intermission demonstration will also show three-dimensional augmented reality scenarios using 3D vision technologies.


Navitar will be demonstrating its new M12 board lenses and 4K HDR lenses for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles and surveillance systems. Navitar's 4K compact, lightweight HDR wide angle lenses offer superior stray light rejection down to 1 x 10-5, while maximising MTF at the Nyquist frequency of small pixel sensors. Operating in the visible or VIS/NIR waveband at apertures up to F/1.8, these new lenses are environmentally robust and perform at military grade temperature ranges of -20 to +80°C.

Other products on show will include the Zoom 6000, 12X Zoom, telecentric lenses and custom objectives.


Photonfocus will introduce two software-defined CMOS camera platforms based on the latest FPGA and interface technologies. The cameras are designed for use in the fields of high speed, high dynamic range (HDR) and hyperspectral imaging.

With these two new platforms and the existing MV1 camera platform, Photonfocus will be able to combine the latest demanding CMOS sensor technologies with real-time FPGA image processing. This is ideal for industrial and metrology applications ranging from HDR to ultra-low light conditions.

The 3D laser triangulation camera portfolio will also be extended with the addition of robust line finder technologies. Software supporting 3D applications as well as improvements to the spectral calibration process in hyperspectral imaging setups will be introduced. Additionally, Photonfocus will extend the spectral range coverage of its cameras by introducing a high speed VGA SWIR camera.

Pleora Technologies

Pleora Technologies will demonstrate its GigE vision over NBase-T technology at the show with a live demo and a technical presentation. 

Pleora Technologies is bringing the bandwidth and Cat5e cabling advantages of NBase-T technology to imaging design with the iPort NTx-NBT embedded video interface. The NBase-T specification defines a type of Ethernet signalling capable of boosting the speed of twisted-pair copper cabling beyond its previous limit of 1Gbps.

The iPort NTx-NBT provides a cost-effective upgrade path for imaging device designers by transmitting GigE Vision video at speeds up to 5Gbps over existing Cat5e cabling in retrofit installations, or inexpensive cabling for new systems. The video interface 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.

Point Grey

Point Grey will be showcasing its new series of GigE Vision-compliant products, featuring the latest global shutter CMOS technology and using 10 GigE’s high data rates to maximise sensor resolutions and frame rates. The first available model will be based on the Sony Pregius IMX253 1.1-inch CMOS sensor, offering 4,096 x 3,000 (12.3 megapixel) resolution and supporting 4K60 ultra-HD video.

The company will also introduce a new Blackfly S camera model based on a 20 megapixel Sony Exmor R IMX183 1-inch CMOS sensor. The Blackfly S camera family combines compact size (29 x 29 x 30mm), a comprehensive feature set, high frame rates and a diverse range of sensors.

The new Spinnaker SDK that will be presented at the trade fair introduces a number of tools to simplify and accelerate the creation of vision applications. The intuitive SpinView GUI integrates camera control and management software to optimise the user experience in evaluating new camera models and features, and allows for fast deployment of user controls.

A variety of other new products will also be shown, including high resolution, high performance Grasshopper3 camera models, 3D vision stereo technology, and Point Grey’s latest 360-degree spherical vision camera.

Resolve Optics

Machine vision lens specialist Resolve Optics will focus on its specialist lens development, design and manufacture service.

Attendees will be able to learn how Resolve Optics has built optimised fixed and zoom lenses for vision applications, including part recognition, precise component placement and automated alignment, and placement and inspection of manufactured components. In addition, specialists will be on hand to discuss the development of an optimised optical component or system.


At the show, Sofradir will exhibit its latest SWIR sensor, Snake SW, for machine vision applications.

Snake SW is a very low noise, high-speed sensor that offers excellent performance at room temperature. It is complementary to standard cameras based on CCD or CMOS sensors currently used in vision cameras for process control. Unlike visible sensors that can only capture what the human eye can see, Snake SW can detect a whole range of defects and imperfections in fruit and vegetables, glassware, metal surfaces and other materials that have previously gone unnoticed.

Due to its longer wavelength detection (900nm to 1700nm), its ability to detect reflective light and its hot object imaging capabilities, Snake SW allows vision cameras to sort, recycle and inspect more efficiently and effectively. Sofradir will describe at its booth the applications, advantages and benefits that Snake SW brings to camera manufacturers and production line operators.

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions

Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions division will unveil a new series of global-shutter CMOS cameras. The series use the Camera Link v2.0 standard and delivers 5.1 megapixel images at up to 154fps. It is based on the 2/3-type Exmoor CMOS sensor with Pregius technology.

The module has been created by the Sony engineering team to extract the best-possible image from the Pregius sensor – even in low light conditions. The camera is suitable for sectors including: ITS, factory automation, food and beverage inspection, and pharmaceutical applications.

Sony will also preview new technologies due to be rolled out in 2017. The Sony stand will also feature advanced 3D imaging demonstrations using time-of-flight technology by SoftKinetic, acquired by Sony in October 2015.

Specialised Imaging

Specialised Imaging will be showcasing its Kirana ultra-high-speed video camera, winner of the 2016 Queens Award for Innovation. Incorporating a proprietary hybrid image sensor, the compact Kirana can deliver high resolution and high speed (up to 5 million frames per second) simultaneously in a no-compromise design. Comprehensive triggering facilities, highly accurate timing control and a wide range of output signals are coupled with a software package that simplifies image capture and analysis. Full remote operation over Ethernet comes as standard, allowing the Kirana to be integrated easily into almost any environment. 

Also on display will be the SIL2 - a high performance gated image intensifier system designed to improve the sensitivity of high-speed video and camera systems used in low light machine vision applications. Extensive triggering facilities allow the SIL2 to be readily interfaced to most high-speed cameras, and in particular to high-speed video systems. Constructed around high gain microchannel- plate image intensifiers, the SIL 2 provides a wide range of sensitivity, gain and resolution options to satisfy even the most demanding machine vision imaging applications.


Stemmer Imaging

Mitsubishi Electric’s new high-speed contact image sensor (CIS) offers a compact, distortion-free alternative to line scan cameras. It will be featured on the Stemmer Imaging stand and supported by Mitsubishi Electric representatives at the show.

The sensor is distributed under the name Mitsubishi Electric Line Scan Bar. Offering high quality, distortion-free image acquisition right up to the edges of the material, the new CIS scans surfaces at speeds up to 1,000 metres per minute, in a compact and easy to install format.

The CIS offers an ideal alternative to line scan cameras for inspecting defects on flat surfaces. It is simple to install and held in place directly above the surface of interest at a fixed height, with all LED illumination and optics built in.

Typical application areas for the CIS include print and thin film production industries, where it can be used to detect surface defects on paper, plastics, fabrics, banknotes and even holograms. The CIS is available in a range of widths that match the most common sizes. The CIS can also be used for surface inspection of wood, glass and other materials.


Tamron will present its five megapixel M112FM series of lenses. The super-compact lenses have been developed for C-mount cameras with large 1/1.2-inch sensors, like the IMX174/IMX249. They deliver excellent optical performance with no vignetting, and reach 3.45µm pixel pitch resolution.

The M112FM series consists of seven fix-focal lenses, with three lenses being already available: 12mm, 16mm, and 25mm. Four additional lenses, from wide-angle to telephoto, will be announced soon.

The three lenses on display at Vision feature a focus range of 0.1m to infinity, with the recommended shooting distance being 0.3m. In combination with their super-compact body (max. Ø29mm lens barrel), they are ideal for applications like factory automation and agriculture that require high precision imaging solutions. Thanks to the aperture range of F/2.0 to F/16 (12mm, 16mm) or F/1.8 to F/16 (25mm), the lenses are suitable for low light imaging.

Teledyne Dalsa

Teledyne Dalsa will showcase its newest innovations, including an LWIR camera, a colour CMOS TDI camera, and a polarisation line scan camera.

Calibir is Teledyne Dalsa’s small, low-power, LWIR camera platform. This microbolometer-based platform covers wavelengths from 8-14μm and supports a variety of camera interfaces, lenses, and onboard processing features.

The company’s Piranha XL colour line scan cameras are built around Teledyne Dalsa’s advanced multiline CMOS TDI colour image sensor, and deliver quality colour imaging with high speed, resolution, responsivity, and low noise. 

The polarisation line scan cameras incorporate an advanced CMOS image sensor with quad linear architecture. Spatial correction enables line scan polarisation to detect birefringence, stress, surface roughness and physical properties like geometry and surface area.

UK Industrial Vision Association

The UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) will have a stand, in part for its members that aren’t exhibiting to have a useful venue to conduct meetings. The association will be taking copies of its Vision in Action newsletter, which will be available for collection at the entrance to the show as well as from the stand. More than 300 copies were picked up by visitors at Vision 2014, so this is an important distribution channel for the publication.

The latest edition of Vision in Action contains a special feature on the increasing use of embedded systems in machine vision applications, ranging from smart cameras, smart vision sensors and compact vision systems, to the use of platforms such as Nvidia, Jetson, Raspberry Pi, CompuLab and Odroid.

Vreo Innovation

Vreo will be demonstrating the capabilities of its Vreo Liberty Board at Vision. The board is a bespoke USB3.0 interface designed for the long-established Sony FCB Block-camera series as well as the Hitachi block camera series. Vreo’s Liberty Board is capable of streaming 1080p at 30fps over USB3.0 and comes with its own free software development kit for both Windows and Linux. Further to this, Liberty has a small form factor of only 37mm x 37mm x 12mm. The board’s applications are diverse: including low vision, machine vision, video conferencing, inspection systems, UAVs and Robotics to name just a few. 


Ximea will have several of its new product lines on display at Vision. 

The xiC camera line features Sony’s CMOS sensors, a USB3 interface and resolutions from 2.3 to 12.4 megapixels. Type-C connectors are also possible.

New models have been added to the xiB PCI express series, with one offering an approximately 50 megapixel CMOS sensor operating at 30 fps, with no requirements for a framegrabber. Also included in the series is the PCI Express Gen3 camera, which is able to stream 64 Gbit/s to get a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor to more than 300 fps. Lastly, a model offering one megapixel at around 3500 fps and HD resolution at 2000 fps will also be shown.

The xiJ scientific grade camera line offers CCD sensors such as the KAI-08052 at resolutions from 4 to potentially 47 megapixels. The cameras provide a USB3 interface with a Type-C connector, as well as very high sensitivity and exposure time. Cooling options are also available with these cameras.

The new xiSwitch that will be on display is a special OEM/custom board that allows users to connect many different camera types and synchronously stream 64 Gbit/s of data from them directly to a PC.


In response to the growing demand for systems that can be integrated into the smart factories, Xilinx is launching intelligent camera software at the trade fair. Using the software, rather than transmitting just image data, cameras will output finished inspection results. 

Xilinx will also be displaying an embedded vision computer with NXP’s flagship Arm processor, combining a 10 GigE camera interface, I/O, encoder and LED controller, field bus interfaces with a 2GHz eight-core Arm A72 architecture processor.

The company will, in addition, demonstrate how sensor fusion can be achieved with high levels of freedom due to freely programmable systems. Homogeneous applications such as heterogeneous sensor fusion, stereovision or multi-camera surround views are supported by Xilinx in a single system. Highlights the show will include the company’s new Trust Zone, encryption systems and anti-tampering functions for embedded vision incorporated on a single chip.