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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

Imaging on guard

Greg Blackman finds that, in order to make security systems effective with video analytics, image quality is of paramount importance

Driving production

Rob Coppinger sees the advantages of using vision systems for part inspection throughout the automotive supply chain

Flexible solutions

Warren Clark speaks to Intercon 1, a company with 25 years' experience in machine vision cabling

Building a spectral picture

Greg Blackman looks at the technology surrounding spectral imaging, including hyperspectral and multispectral solutions suitable for industrial imaging

Adding a splash of colour

Rob Coppinger investigates what it takes to make an accurate colour reading, from software calibration to the colour sensors used

Grabbing the market

After two decades at the top, Bitflow is still at the cutting edge of frame grabbers, as Warren Clark discovers

Eye on the ball

From generating statistics on Germany's top football matches to helping runners avoid injury, imaging plays an increasingly important role in sport, as Greg Blackman discovers

Lightening the load

Greg Blackman looks at applications of vision technology in the transport sector, from helping load trucks safely to managing the flow of shipping containers into and out of ports

Electric potential

Rob Coppinger looks at the inspection systems found on electronics production lines, both visible and X-ray variants, and finds that, when it comes to manufacturing electronics, throughput is everything

Taking charge: the big sensor debate

Industrial CMOS sensors now offer CCD-like image quality, at least that's what some companies claim. But is this really the case and what does it mean for the machine vision market? Greg Blackman investigates the long-running feud between CMOS and CCD

25 years at the top

After a quarter century in the business, PCO is broadening its appeal beyond the research community, as Warren Clark discovers

Handled with care

Random bin picking holds great potential for automating manufacturing, but it's still incredibly complex. Greg Blackman looks at the vision technology required to guide robots in pick-and-place applications

Back on track

With new directives proposed in Europe and the US to track pharmaceuticals and medical devices, Greg Blackman explores the surprisingly complex world of product traceability

The killer application

The infrared sensing technology deployed by the military is such that it can now detect gunfire at 500m. Rob Coppinger discovers how imaging equipment is saving lives on the battlefield

Programming with ease

Greg Blackman looks at the options for high-throughput image processing, including FPGAs and multicore processors, and finds out what unites development in all software packages is ease of use

Life blood

Imaging technology is helping diagnose and treat a range of medical conditions, as Warren Clark discovers

25 years at the top

As Stemmer Imaging reaches another milestone, Warren Clark discovers how the company has evolved

Touch of class

From interactive displays to 360° spherical videos of rock concerts, Greg Blackman finds out why machine vision technology is so suited to applications outside of industry

Vision luminaries

Greg Blackman on how luminescence imaging is improving the efficiency of solar cells

Organic growth

Point Grey Research has become a leading name in machine vision - and all under its own steam, as Warren Clark discovers

Not scratching the surface

Surfaces have a key role, stopping corrosion for one, and Rob Coppinger examines the latest solutions for inspecting this most important of features

Another dimension

Imaging in 3D is billed as one of the most promising growth areas in machine vision at the moment, but is the hype justified? Greg Blackman finds out

An extremely good vintage

Greg Blackman looks at the relatively recent introduction of vision in farming, from measuring vigour in vineyards to grading cherries

Metal heads

Vision systems are used throughout various metal processing tasks, from pressing aluminium parts to automotive welding all the way to shredding scrap metal, as Rob Coppinger discovers

From East to West

Warren Clark charts the history of Ximea, an imaging company with roots in Slovakia

Setting standards

The buzz at last year's Vision show in Stuttgart concerned USB3 Vision, a new machine vision standard based on USB 3.0. Greg Blackman looks at how it will fit into the connectivity landscape

Let the games begin

Rob Coppinger looks at how imaging technology will be employed for security purposes at this year's London Olympics, as well as how it's used at other major events

Space race

Greg Blackman investigates how robots like Robonaut 2 and the Mars rovers are using imaging to operate in and explore outer space

Stories to tell - marking our 50th issue

Imaging and Machine Vision Europe is celebrating its 50th issue, a milestone that represents around a decade of reporting on the machine vision market. To mark the occasion, we've asked senior industry figures to recount their favourite moments from the last 10 years of working in the industry

Entrepreneurial spirit

Warren Clark speaks to Julie Busby who founded vision distributor Multipix Imaging 15 years ago this year

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