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Imaging in depth

3D imaging is gaining importance in machine vision, but it is the consumer markets where a lot of the technology development is taking place, as Tom Eddershaw finds out

Lighting the way

Greg Blackman finds that advanced lighting control is yielding big benefits for machine vision engineers

Keeping up with fast frame rates

As cameras become faster, Jessica Rowbury discusses some of the challenges in reaching high speeds while also improving the image quality

Grabbing a share of future markets

Despite perceptions that the market for frame-grabbers is in decline, Silicon Software's future appears bright. Tim Gillett meets CEO Klaus-Henning Noffz

Glass half full

Greg Blackman on the intricacies of the lighting and camera systems required for high-speed glass inspection

Keeping an eye on the ball

In a high-tech machine vision company a well-balanced mixture of skills and backgrounds is a significant competitive advantage, Mikrotron CEO Christian Pilzer tells Tim Gillett

Disaster analysis

Jessica Rowbury looks at how satellite imagery and other remote sensing technology is used to study natural disasters

Markered man

Among the praise for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes regards the use of motion capture. Tom Eddershaw looks at how advances in the imaging technique are opening up new possibilities in film making

Sensing solutions for soldiers

Jessica Rowbury looks at the latest sensing technology employed onboard military vehicles and the challenges faced by soldiers in making sense of vast amounts of imaging data

Waste not, want not

Greg Blackman on the inline inspection solutions employed on packaging lines that are helping reduce food waste

Game changer

With the football World Cup in Brazil soon to kick off, Tom Eddershaw finds that imaging technologies are now an integral part of maximising sporting achievement

You are the passport

Jessica Rowbury looks at how imaging and machine vision technologies could one day make ticketless air travel a reality

The colour of money

Tom Eddershaw finds that, with new polymer banknotes entering circulation in various countries, colour imaging systems that offer extended sensitivity into the infrared and ultraviolet are needed to inspect the printed money

The logic of vision

After more than four decades in the vision business, Datalogic products are in use all around the globe. Tim Gillett reports

Keeping European production competitive?

Greg Blackman finds that, in a world where large-scale manufacturing is now predominantly located in Asia and emerging markets, Europe still has a lot to offer when it comes to inspection equipment and quality control

The smartphone generation

With Image Sensors 2014 approaching, Rachel Berkowitz looks at the debt that industrial cameras owe to mobile phones

All in vein

Securing an intravenous line in a patient can be a painful procedure if the nurse is unable to find a vein. Now, imaging devices are becoming available that use infrared light to make veins easier to locate, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

Lighting up the future

Diversity and flexibility has been key for Lumenera, which is expanding fast after 12 years in business. Tim Gillett reports

Driving road safety

Tom Eddershaw looks at the latest vision technology for monitoring traffic, including systems designed to make cyclists safer on the roads

One billion pixels, one billion stars

From the ESA Gaia mission to survey one billion stars, which is due to launch this month, to photographing the sun, Greg Blackman looks at some of the imaging technology used in astronomy

Special delivery

With Christmas fast approaching, staff at distribution hubs of retailers as well as the postal service will be working exceptionally hard. Tom Eddershaw investigates how machine vision can help automate processing packages at distribution centres to get presents delivered in time for Christmas

Guiding sight

Bin-picking remains a challenge for industrial robots, not least because of the difficulties in locating the object with vision technology, as Jessica Rowbury discovers

Industrial ideas meet consumer needs

Systems developed for applications such as inspecting electronic components are finding their way into sports coverage, real estate, marketing and gaming. Siân Harris finds out why

ITAR under attack

Will reforms to the ITAR lists that control US exports of defence-related technologies make it easier for US companies to export? Greg Blackman investigates

Fighting falsified medicines

Rachel Berkowitz discovers that, to comply with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive, pharmaceutical serialisation and authentication solutions have to be based on machine vision

State of play

What are the key talking points for the vision industry as we move into 2014? We asked a number of industry experts for their views on the current state of the industry and the year ahead

Europe and US under the spotlight

Manufacturing across the globe has been hit hard in recent years and machine vision companies have had to diversify to stay profitable. Three industry bodies - the EMVA, VDMA and AIA - share their views on the current state of the vision market and the important developments taking place in Europe and North America that could ultimately affect vision firms

Caught on camera

Warren Clark charts the 25-year history of Basler, one of the largest camera manufacturers in the industry

Setting standards

The number of machine vision standards available has grown considerably since Camera Link was introduced 13 years ago. We asked those on the various standards committees for an update on their standards

All part of the process

The British Machine Vision Conference is due take place at the beginning of September, an event with machine vision in the title - but, confusingly, focusing on academic algorithm development and computer vision. Greg Blackman asks what industrial image processing can learn from academia

Here comes the sun

Greg Blackman on how infrared and thermal imaging can maximise the efficiency of solar panels

Cameras for customers

Baumer Optronic has been making market-leading camera solutions since 1997, as Warren Clark discovers

Inspect, eat, drink, and be merry

Rob Coppinger looks at the imaging equipment used on food-processing lines, including hyperspectral systems for classifying fruit and veg, and 3D vision for measuring baked goods

Innovation and independence

For more than a quarter of a century, privately-owned Matrix Vision has been an innovator in imaging, as Warren Clark discovers

Imaging in depth

Greg Blackman explains the depth imaging technique, time-of-flight, which is of great interest to car makers as a sensing technology able to detect pedestrians and other obstacles

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