The German engineering association VDMA, in cooperation with frame grabber manufacturer Silicon Software, will host around 150 industry experts at the next International Vision Standards Meeting (IVSM) in Frankfurt, Germany. The event will take place on 14 to 18 May to work on machine vision standards and discuss new standardisation initiatives for the future.
Industry standards, along with components and systems with standardised interfaces, help accelerate the market availability of machine vision and the development of new applications and solutions.
In 2009 the international initiative ‘G3’ – made up of the VMDA, the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), AIA-Advancing Vision and Imaging (AIA), the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) and the China Machine Vision Union (CMVU) – was founded to coordinate the development of globally accepted vision standards and prevent duplication of standardisation efforts. Since then the international vision community meets twice a year, rotating meetings in Asia, America and Europe, to jointly work on standards.
Current adopted G3 standards are: GenICam, GigE Vision, CoaXPress, Camera Link, Camera Link HS, USB3 Vision, and VDI/VDE/VDMA 2632, part 2.
Eric Bourbonnais from Teledyne Dalsa was recently appointed chair of the GigE Vision standard committee, taking over from Eric Carey after his 10 years leading the GigE Vision committee.
The EMVA also recently appointed Arnaud Darmont as its new standards manager, who will be responsible for identifying new standardisation needs.
‘Standards are the turbocharger of growth for our industry,’ commented Klaus-Henning Noffz, CEO of Silicon Software and member of the VDMA machine vision board. ‘Standards were one of the reasons for the boom of the machine vision industry over the last years and continue to be the key for further success.’
The newest G3 standardisation project is OPC Vision, led by VDMA. The goal is the elaboration of an OPC UA companion specification for vision describing an easy integration of machine vision in an Industry 4.0 context.
At this years’ IVSM, potential future G3 standardisation projects such as mipi-CSI2 or CCRC agreements will be discussed at the Future Standards Forum.
‘Due to the importance of standardisation, we look forward to hosting the next IVSM in May 2018!’, added Reinhard Heister, in charge of vision standardisation topics at the VDMA.