The Vision Award, a prize for applied machine vision and sponsored by Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, will be presented for the 22nd time at the Vision trade fair when it takes place in Stuttgart, Germany from 8 to 10 November.
Odos Imaging won the award in 2014 with its high resolution 3D time-of-flight system suitable for integration into industrial solutions.
The prize, judged by industry experts, is a gauge of technological developments and trends in the vision industry. ‘The breadth of winners in recent years has ranged from fixed players in the market, to institutes and younger companies, which are particularly dynamic and agile at developing and driving forward new issues,’ commented Florian Niethammer, team leader of the Vision show.’
The submissions have ranged from 3D surface inspection, to an open-source smart camera and a full-body scanner in 1992.
Niethammer added: ‘When you consider the winners' product developments of the last 20 years, you can see how early ideas are initiated in innovative companies. Long before they reach the market.’
Michael Noffz, marketing manager of Silicon Software, which won the award 10 years ago, stated: ‘Receiving this award in 2006 was very important to us and a milestone in our company's history. Our VisualApplets were just at the start of their development. The award sent a clear message about us out to the market, but internally it was also a recognition of the performance of our employees.’
The judging panel is made up of: Jens Michael Carstensen (Videometer); Gabriele Jansen (Vision Ventures); Ronald Müller (Vision Markets); Dr Christian Ripperda (Isra Vision); Martin Wäny (Awaiba); and Dieter-Josef Walter (Daimler).
Prize winners from 2014 to 1996
2014: Machine vision with depth, Odos Imaging: High-resolution vision systems based on a pulsed 3D time-of-flight imaging process, suitable for direct integration into industrial solutions using a standard interface.
2012: Magic 3D, New Imaging Technologies: A new wide dynamic range 3D stereoscopic vision system.
2011: Real-time stereo vision technology for an intraoral 3D scanner, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology.
2010: ColorRanger – multi-aspect imaging using one single camera, Sick Vertriebs.
2009: Go beyond Camera Link with CoaXPress, Adimec Advanced Image Systems.
2008: LeanXcam – the open-source smart camera, Supercomputing Systems.
2007: 3D surface inspection in real-time, In-situ.
2006: Visual Applets – a hardware-based machine vision construction set, Silicon Software.
2005: Image correction processor, CMOS Vision.
2004: Inline absolute measurement in movement including process capability, Inos Automation.
2003: Bi-I, an ultra-high frame-rate stand-alone image capturing and processing device, AnaLogic Computers.
2002: 3D microscopy with absolute measurement of the surface, ABW.
2001: Imaging colorimetry for monitoring the aesthetical quality of surfaces. Massen Vision Systems.
2000: The Linlog photosensing principle – high dynamic range, high speed digital image sensing with world's best low light level performance, CSEM.
1999: VisionSpy, a plug-and-play for reading 2D codes on different textures, Gavitec.
1998: The IT-Inspect machine vision system for objective surface analysis of painted structures, ImageTool Digitale Bildverarbeitung.
1997: 3D endoscope for inspection of cavities, HGV Vosseler.
1996: Development of a fast 3D system for the measurement of all sides of small and large objects; a full-body scanner the Viro-3D 2400, Vitronic.