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Virtual viewpoint

Rob Ashwell finds that logistics, healthcare and research are turning to consumer imaging systems for their needs

Teaching machines new tricks

Artificial intelligence seems to be sweeping the world and neural networks are now starting to find their way into the industrial imaging market. Greg Blackman investigates 

Wilhelm Stemmer

Wilhelm Stemmer, who has recently retired and sold his shares in Stemmer Imaging, the company he founded 30 years ago

Keeping Up With Consolidation

Pierre Cambou, imaging activity leader at Yole Développement, analyses the merger and acquisition landscape for machine vision

The changing face of vision

Embedded vision, deep learning, and Industry 4.0 could all have a big impact on the machine vision sector in the future. Three experts give their opinions

Eyes on the East

Andrew Williams explores the production and automation markets in China, India and other fast-growing nations

Cooperation matters

Following a successful European Machine Vision Forum, which brought together representatives from industry and research, Professor Bernd Jähne at the HCI, Heidelberg University and a board member of the European Machine Vision Association, argues collaboration between industry and academia is now more important than ever

Coming full circle

Greg Blackman looks back at what the UK vision industry was like 25 years ago, when the UK Industrial Vision Association was founded

Bridge to an embedded world

Jochem Herrmann, EMVA president and chief scientist at Adimec, on standardising for embedded vision, which could potentially infiltrate manufacturing in a big way

Q&A: Boaz Arad

Boaz Arad, a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Computational Vision Lab, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and winner of the EMVA Young Professional Award 2017

Disaster averted

Matthew Dale explores how thermal imaging can be used to avoid machine failure and emergency maintenance in industrial environments

Contrast is king

Greg Blackman finds that advances in LEDs and greater illumination control are furthering machine vision lighting

Algorithms made to measure

Greg Blackman speaks to Guy Lavi at Israeli firm Volume Elements, a company that specialises in developing vision algorithms

Europe works

Anne Wendel, director of the VDMA Machine Vision group, discusses the VDMA’s new campaign promoting the EU called Europe Works

Stores turn vision analytics into sales

Retailers are using complex vision analytics to track shoppers, from entering a store to the point of purchase. RetailNext’s Mark Jamtgaard spoke at the Embedded Vision Summit about an embedded system for just such a purpose. Greg Blackman reports

Vision on a different scale

Embedded processing is opening up a huge market for imaging, a market that machine vision suppliers are trying to tap into. Greg Blackman attended the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara, where Allied Vision launched its new camera platform

High-tech harvesting

The harvesting process could be on the verge of a complete overhaul thanks to machine vision, finds Matthew Dale

Sights on 3D

Cognex has strengthened its position in 3D vision with a number of recent company acquisitions in the area, as Greg Blackman discovers

Do you speak neural network?

Neural networks will be the common language of the future for computer vision, according to Professor Jitendra Malik from UC Berkeley. Greg Blackman listened to his keynote at the Embedded Vision Summit in Santa Clara

Connected cities

Urban areas are being transformed by the Internet of Things and other information and communication technologies. Andrew Williams looks at how digital security cameras will fit into these smart cities

Turning systems into solutions

Matthew Dale explores the art of vision integration, including system design methods and how new standards will help integrators and end-users alike

News from VDMA

Embedded vision was one of the major trends at the 2016 Vision show in Stuttgart, writes Anne Wendel. For the classical machine vision industry, it seems to be the new hot topic, but how does the other side, the embedded community, view vision technology?

Staying on the rails

Matthew Dale finds that optical inspection techniques are improving upkeep and the running of rail networks

Cut from a different cloth

Greg Blackman looks at the intricacies of inspecting fabrics, a market that offers big returns on investment for an automated vision system if it can deal with product variation

Gift of Sight

Rob Ashwell on the advances being made in robot guidance, from the rise of robotics in warehouses to lighting control for robot-vision systems

Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell, marketing manager for the high performance imaging division at e2v

Trash Talk

Recycling is becoming big business, and hyperspectral cameras are exactly the right tool to help sort the growing volumes of waste, as Matthew Dale discovers

Capturing the thought process

Rob Ashwell looks at the advances being made in scientific image sensors and how these are furthering our understanding of the brain

Intelligent Illumination

Smart Vision Lights has built its company, originally from designing custom illumination, as Greg Blackman finds out

Shigeki Masumura

Shigeki Masumura, president and CEO of Machine Vision Lighting, and winner of the 2016 Vision Award

Forward-looking factories

Greg Blackman gets to the bottom of Industry 4.0, and asks how machine vision will fit into the factories of the future

Image processing reaches new depths

Facebook, Amazon and Google are all working on high-profile deep learning projects, from speech pattern recognition to building driverless cars. Rob Ashwell looks at how the technology is being deployed in the machine vision sector to improve and speed inspection

Another dimension

Greg Blackman finds that 3D vision needs to become less complex and much faster in order to increase its adoption in factories

Engineers of tomorrow

Greg Blackman investigates the initiatives the machine vision sector is undertaking to inspire the next generation of engineers

Is flexibility the key to a smart future?

The challenges of either building a full system or integrating machine vision on the factory floor are numerous. How is it best to work around legacy systems, in constrained spaces, and feed accurate information back to computers to guide automated robots? Rob Ashwell investigates

Seeing the smart future

Torsten Zoeller, senior marketing communications manager for Cognex, Europe, discusses the requirements for smart cameras in facilitating factories of the future

Seeing the smart future

Michele Leoni, senior product manager, machine vision at Datalogic, discusses product traceability for the next generation of factories

Seeing the smart future

Greg Hollows, director of the Imaging Business Unit at Edmund Optics, looks at the growing divide between sensor technology and optical design, and how the imaging community can address this to build better vision systems

Seeing the smart future

Markus Burgstaller, CEO and head of R&D at Perception Park, believes that hyperspectral imaging could revolutionise industrial manufacturing. Here he outlines what he thinks is needed to bring the technology onto the factory floor

Seeing the smart future

Max Larin, CEO of Ximea, says that recent technology advances in imaging components has opened up new applications for hyperspectral imaging, enabling smart production in a number of industries

Ten years of GenICam

GenICam is now 10 years old. Christoph Zierl, technical director at MVTec Software and vice-chair of marketing and operations of the GenICam standard group, discusses the achievements and future development of the machine vision standard

Sights on solar

Matthew Dale looks at how thermal imaging is improving solar plant inspection

Tolga Birdal

Working for Siemens and the Technical University of Munich, Tolga Birdal received the 2016 European Machine Vision Association's Young Professional Award in June

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