TKH gains stereo vision with Nerian acquisition

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The TKH Group, which owns Allied Vision, Chromasens, LMI, Mikrotron, Net, SVS-Vistek and Tattile, has acquired Nerian Vision to add stereo vision to its portfolio.

Nerian, based in Stuttgart, Germany, was founded in July 2015 by Dr Konstantin Schauwecker. The company’s sensors incorporate an FPGA to capture and process stereo vision images into 3D data at more than 70 million 3D points per second and frame rates of up to 125Hz. This allows for real-time capture of high-resolution 3D data at both near and far range.

Nerian will join the group of machine vision companies of TKH Vision, while continuing to sell its products under the Nerian brand and maintaining its existing partnerships.

Nerian cameras are available with IP67 protection ratings for use in harsh environments and with synchronised inertial measurement units embedded in the sensors. Nerian 3D cameras are fully compatible with active pattern projectors for increasing accuracy on difficult-to-measure objects.

Mark Radford, vice president of TKH Vision, said: ‘Nerian’s 3D cameras will allow for new solutions for challenging applications, including mobile robotics and autonomous vehicles, bin-picking and robot guidance across a variety of markets, such as logistics, factory automation, agriculture and construction.’

Dr Konstantin Schauwecker, CEO of Nerian, said: ‘Nerian will benefit from the synergy of the larger commercial organisation and well-established supply chain and production facilities of TKH, which will greatly accelerate Nerian’s ability to capture market share and we look forward to this next phase in our development.’

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