December 2020


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Dear …,

Welcome to the EMVA newsletter! Each month it provides hands-on information on machine vision in Europe and the world. Find out about the latest projects of the EMVA, innovative products, what’s going on in the machine vision industry and interesting events.

Thomas Lübkemeier
Kind regards,
Thomas Lübkemeier
EMVA General Secretary


EMVA Season’s Greetings

Usually at this point one looks back and several interesting aspects of a year get highlighted.
For 2020 it feels like there is only one issue – the global Corona pandemic.
Even extremely important political events like the Brexit scenario and the US elections were dominated by the Corona topic.

But on the other hand a lot has been done throughout this year. Companies found creative solutions in challenging times and we all as professionals learned performing in a virtual and online world. And social work – being profession or on a volunteer base – finally received an increasing attention, in fact already well deserved before the pandemic.

As EMVA we could manage to continue with growing the membership, driving forward the work on global machine vision standards and even introduce special activities like the international survey on the pandemic impact on our Vision Tech Industry.

EMVA’s quarterly survey on machine vision sales in and to Europe after three quarters clearly points towards a significant two-digit negative growth compared to 2019. During the summer months many positive expactations were linked to a strong 4th quarter but now Europe suffers with a strong 2nd pandemic wave.

Despite of the currently challenging situation we are still looking forward to hopefully physical events in 2021 beneficial for our vision community as well as for the users of our technology:

  • Control Vision Talks in Stuttgart, Germany
  • EMVA Business Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • European Machine Vision Forum in Cork, Ireland
  • International Vision Night & Standardisation Booth at the VISION show in Stuttgart, Germany.

We would be excited to meet you and your colleagues at our highlights throughout the year.

The EMVA Board of Directors and the whole EMVA team wishes you and your family peaceful holidays and a prosperous New Year.

Take care and stay well!



Member News

EMVA welcomes new member
FARO Europe

FARO is the leading global source for 3D measurement technology for 3D Metrology, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) and Public Safety Analytics. For 40 years, FARO has provided industry-leading solutions that enable customers to quickly and easily measure their world, and then use that data to make smarter decisions faster. The Company develops and markets computer-aided devices and software used for inspecting components and assemblies, production planning, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes. Read more

‘Roadmap Industrial Image Processing’ available for free

PDF of the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance “Roadmap Industrial Image Processing” available for free for the next 3 months

Public life is still being dominated by the coronavirus and the economy all over the world is facing enormous challenges. In offering a free pdf of its “Roadmap Industrial Image Processing” for the next three months, the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance is launching another activity to expand the knowledge in the field of image processing, machine vision and optical measuring and testing technology. Read more


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Macnica ATD hosts Advanced Imaging Webinars 2021

Image Macnica ATD Europe hosts a series of technical Webinars early in 2021 called “Advanced Imaging Webinars” and aims to highlight in roughly 1,5 hours key innovations of the companies and brands which are distributed by Macnica ATD Europe.

Presentations are held by representatives from Caeleste, Sony, Macnica, ams and Corning Varioptic. Participation at the Webinars is free of charge. Read more ›

OPTO expands its dealer network

Opto GmbH and 1stVISION, Inc will work together in the future.

ImageFounded in 1999, 1stVision, Inc. (a division of Next Imaging), based in Andover, Massachusetts, is the largest distributor of machine vision and automation technology products in North America. The 1stVision team of sales engineers brings more than 200 years of accumulated imaging experience to the market.

We are extremely enthusiastic about the innovation, breadth and depth of standard and customized products that Opto GmbH produces for our market. The cooperation and teamwork between our two companies is great and we look forward to a successful future together“, said Mike Troiano, President and CEO of 1stVision, Inc.
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Case Study

IFM – Retrofit your vehicles with collision protection

Forklift drivers need a high level of concentration when manoeuvring in reverse. The camera-based anti-collision system from ifm, which automatically detects persons and obstacles in the rear area of the vehicle, warns the driver and stops the vehicle, if necessary, provides support. The innovation: Existing vehicles can be easily retrofitted with Imagethis plus in safety.

The cold rolling mill Risse + Wilke Kaltband GmbH in Iserlohn produces metal sheets of different thicknesses and qualities. The unmachined steel strips, wound into coils, are repeatedly rolled by means of cold rolls until they have the required material properties. Then saw blades, clutch plates and other metal parts are punched from them. Read more ›


Recent case studies

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Expanding its range of Global Shutter AF-Zoom Cameras

ImageWe are delighted to share details of our latest autofocus-zoom camera modules.
The Harrier 36x AF-Zoom Cameras combine a powerful 36x optical zoom lens, a Sony global shutter CMOS sensor and multiple video outputs to deliver a first-class 1080p/60 block camera solution that is suited to a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. If you need to capture distortion free images of moving objects, these competitively priced global shutter cameras are what you are looking for. Read more ›

Customizing the AEON Camera Calibrator ACC

Image AEON offers customization of their ACC series of devices designed for camera and image sensor characterization according to the EMVA 1288 standard. An interesting example is an ACC4 adapted for use with a climate chamber.
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New Alvium CSI-2 cameras allow industrial machine vision applications on embedded systems

Image Allied Vision’s Alvium 1800 camera series with MIPI CSI-2 interface combine high-performance sensors, industrial grade hardware, and optimized CSI-2 driver support for embedded vision applications.

Allied Vision expands its range of Alvium CSI-2 camera series with 3 Alvium 1800 CSI-2 camera models equipped with high-quality Sony IMX CMOS sensors from 2.4 to 12.2 Megapixel resolution. In combination with the industrial grade design and various hardware options, the cameras allow system designers to easily migrate from PC-based to embedded systems without having to compromise on machine vision performance. Read more ›

new vision solutions brochure delivers machine vision industry’s most innovative and extensive product line

Image Teledyne DALSA announced the roll out of its new Teledyne Imaging vision solutions brochure. This new product brochure provides a high-level overview of the newest innovations in machine vision line and area scan cameras; infrared, SWIR and multispectral imaging; scientific cameras; 3D profilers; frame grabbers; smart cameras, integrated vision systems and embedded solutions; industrial X-Ray for NDT; CMOS sensors, and finally, vision software including our latest AI/machine learning modules.

“We are excited to launch this new publication,” says Kirk Petersen, Teledyne Imaging’s Director of Marketing Communications. “It is truly a showcase of our most advanced industrial imaging technology, supporting dozens of vision applications across multiple segments including robotics, AUV, traffic, food processing and inspection, recycling, factory automation and life sciences to name just a few.” Read more ›

New LUMIMAX® BLACK variants of the LG-V02 series now available

Image The LUMIMAX® LG-V02 Area Lights are now available in BLACK variant and the illumination colours Blue and Green. The BLACK series are ideally suited for complex Machine Vision applications with the combination of reflected light and backlight.
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New Go-X Series – small, reliable and affordable area scan cameras

Image JAI has introduced the Go-X Series, a new line of small industrial cameras providing extra reliability features, stringent dust screening, a starting price of €289, and a six-year warranty, the longest offered by any camera manufacturer.

The Go-X Series encompasses a total of 24 different models with a range of resolutions including 2.3, 3.2, 5.0, 8.9, and 12.4 megapixels.
Interface options include GigE Vision or USB3 Vision, supporting power-over-the-interface (PoE/PoUSB) or the use of separate power supplies connected via the I/O connector. For the image sensors, JAI has selected some of the most popular Sony Pregius CMOS global shutter sensors including monochrome and Bayer color versions at each resolution. Read more ›

New Kowa 1.1″ 24MP Lens Series Optimised for Sony Sensors

Image At the beginning of 2021 Kowa will introduce lenses with a transmission of 400-1700 nm. In this wavelength range, the lenses also have a reduced focus shift.
NIR-SWIR cameras and hyperspectral cameras can precisely analyze the reflection properties of materials over a wide range of wavelengths. This is often used in image processing for material inspection and sorting.
For example, during an inspection in the food industry: appearance inspection of fruit in the visual range and internal inspection at 1400 nm (illumination). Without a VIS-SWIR camera and optics, users may need to adjust the focus by changing the illumination and changing the lens. Read more ›

New MidOpt® 450nm Indigo Bandpass Filters

Image Enhance viewing of subjects illuminated by a 450nm blue LED or laser light source.
MidOpt® introduces the BP450 Indigo Bandpass and the BN450 Narrow Indigo Bandpass, two new filters designed for multi-application use.

The MidOpt BP450 Indigo Bandpass Filter is commonly used in fluorescence applications with an emission ranging from (430-460nm). It is suitable for use with LED or laser diodes with higher than normal ambient lighting conditions.

The BP450 is an excellent choice for enhancing viewing of subjects illuminated by a 450nm blue LED. For UV Fluorescence applications, its broad bandwidth and high peak transmission results in significantly brighter, higher contrast images. Read more ›

Easy sensor solution for automated quality inspection

Image SICK offers an easy solution for various quality assurance applications in factory automation with its new Quality Inspection SensorApp and InspectorP62x all-in-one vision sensor. The SensorApp is pre-installed in the entire InspectorP6xx series of 2D vision sensors from SICK, providing flexibility for varying application requirements.

High product and process quality are firmly established tasks in every production plant. Quality assurance also needs to be automated, especially in the context of advancing automation. While customers benefit from high-quality products, companies gain from increased production yield and speed with reduced reject rates and downtimes.
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CVB 2020 – Next generation independent image acquisition

Image The new release CVB 2020 offers innovative functions for extremely flexible and unsurpassed possibilities for image acquisition, image display and image processing.

Since its inception in 1997, one of STEMMER IMAGING’s Common Vision Blox central goals has been to provide a simple single API that supports any acquisition device across multiple interfaces and manufacturers.

We embraced standardisation being directly involved in the formation of GenICam, GigE Vision and USB3 Vision standards and have constantly been the provider of one of the industry’s best performing independent acquisition platforms for machine vision applications. Read more ›

Small volume top performance: The FXO with nBase-T and 10GigE

Image In the new FXO camera series, SVS-Vistek relies on the new Pregius S sensors from Sony, the powerful nBase-T and 10GigE interface. This very small 10GigE camera with C-mount is characterized by speed and an extraordinary image quality.

The new sensors deliver excellent image quality with a dynamic range of approximately 70 dB. Even with insufficient object lighting, when the camera is operated with a gain > 0, the images of the FXO series images show excellent homogeneity and exceptional quality. The basis for this is, on the one hand, the integrated Pregius S sensor with relatively small pixels of 2,74 x 2,74 µm and, on the other hand, a sophisticated heating concept. The heat distribution in a camera plays a decisive role in image homogeneity. Read more ›

New Versions of HyperSpectral Cameras With Imec Sensors

Image After the intensified cooperation in the last months, XIMEA and imec have jointly developed an improved version of the xiSpec hyperspectral cameras.

While maintaining the previous dimensions of only 26.4 x 26.4 x 32 mm and a flyweight of mere 32g, the camera housing and the bandpass filters have been optimized to improve the spectral performance of the cameras. Each xiSpec2 camera is individually calibrated. Read more ›

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As the organization of and participation in events in the near future are currently subject to significant disruption in the context of Covid-19, we monitor the situation closely and we will inform you of any cancellation, necessary arrangements, planned postponement, or alternative forms of holding our EMVA events.

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