Preparations positive for Vision 2011

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Vision 2011 is expected to be even more successful than last year's conference, which itself was the best Vision show to date: 323 exhibitors and more than 6,700 visitors from approximately 60 countries came to Stuttgart in 2010.

'The current registration figures are promising and suggest that the recovery in the economy and the machine vision industry will also have an impact on Vision,' stated Florian Niethammer, project manager for Vision. 'I expect this year we will once again surpass the excellent result of Vision 2010, both in exhibitor and visitor figures.'

Vision 2011 will take place once again in Stuttgart from 8-10 November. With more than 20,000 square metres of exhibition space, the entire spectrum of components, complete systems and innovative solutions from the machine vision industry will be showcased. This primarily includes cameras, sensors, frame grabbers, illumination, laser, optics, lenses, software, and service offerings.

This year's trade fair will pay close attention to medical imaging. 'Feedback from Vision visitors in the last two years revealed that the topic of medical technology is becoming increasingly more important. This industry is now regarded as the fifth most important visitor industry,' said Niethammer.

The VDMA Machine Vision Group is planning to hold talks relating to medical technology applications during the popular Industrial Vision Days. In addition, four representative exhibitors at the event will show what is important in this respect and how useful machine vision systems can be in medical technology: for example, the Ace cameras from Basler are being used to an increasing extent in digital dentistry.

The research centre Carinthian Tech Research (CTR) in Villach will showcase how multispectral machine vision can be used to provide information on the condition of the tissue or cells, for example. VRmagic Imaging has developed Eyesi, an eye surgery simulator, which will be shown and Stemmer Imaging will display a video server suited to medical imaging.

The interest in complete solutions has increased according to the visitor survey results of the last show, with almost every fourth visitor looking for turnkey machine vision systems. Approximately 25 per cent of visitors also classified themselves as end users. In order to cope with this demand, Vision 2011 will set up three areas for this customer base: the integration area as a platform for system integrators and solution providers; the application park, which presents practical handling, automation, packaging and labelling applications, as well as the user seminars for the practical communication of machine vision know-how.

Young, innovative companies from Germany are also coming to Vision 2011 thanks to the sponsorship of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). The BMWi is represented with a group stand and assumes 80 per cent of the trade fair costs of the young companies. Foreign exhibitors who have never before been present at the event, have a renewed opportunity to get to know the trade fair and present their innovative products and services on an International Pavilion set up especially for them.

As part of the framework programme the Industrial Vision Days with its range of daily presentations plays a key role as an indispensable information platform for visitors. The scope of the presentations ranges from the latest developments to user presentations. The Vision Award has also made a name for itself and will be presented for the 19th time. This award recognises excellent machine vision solutions.

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