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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

Collaborative co-workers

The nature of human and robot collaborations within factories is evolving. Beth Harlen investigates the influence of machine vision technology on this budding relationship

Stop press!

Greg Blackman examines the advances being made in software and imaging technology for inspecting webs of printed material

Filling the filter niche

Midwest Optical Systems, a specialist in machine vision filters and other imaging solutions, will soon be celebrating its 30th year. Beth Harlen reports

Steve Wardell

Director, imaging at ATS Automation and member of the AIA board of directors

Made to measure

Greg Blackman on the growing use of vision technology in production machines for quality control inspection

Flight tracking

Greg Blackman on the vision equipment used in manufacturing and testing aerospace components, including the systems generating image data in wind tunnel experiments

Internal imaging

Miniature image sensors and LED chips in endoscopes are enabling doctors to look further inside the body to diagnose medical conditions, and cameras are now even placed inside pills that the patient swallows. Beth Harlen investigates

Staying in control

As a middle child, Erik Widding is used to going his own way. He speaks to Beth Harlen about why his company, Birger Engineering, is proud to do the same

The greatest show on earth

Rio de Janeiro will host South America's first Olympic Games this summer. Rob Ashwell looks at the vision technologies needed to cope with the thousands of visitors that come with hosting such an event

Driven by vision

Within the automotive industry, machine vision has become the eye of production, as Beth Harlen finds out

Shining light on life

Greg Blackman investigates the imaging techniques used for high-throughput cellular imaging and super resolution microscopy

Delivering in time for Christmas

Last minute Christmas shopping might be the norm for some, but how do logistics companies and retailers meet the Christmas rush? Rob Ashwell finds out

A snapshot of success

As a young company just starting out in the machine vision camera market, Vreo is not afraid to take risks. Beth Harlen reports

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