February 2021


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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
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Thomas Lübkemeier
EMVA General Secretary


New Standards Initiative
EMVA and Khronos Collaborate to Gather Requirements for Embedded Camera and Sensor API Standard

Call for Exploratory Group participation to all sensor and camera manufacturers, silicon vendors, and software developers working on vision and sensor processing

The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), the leading European industry association dedicated to vision technology, and The Khronos® Group, an open consortium creating graphics and compute interoperability standards, jointly announce the formation of an Embedded Camera API Exploratory Group, open to all at no cost, to explore industry interest in the creation of open royalty-free API standards for controlling embedded cameras and sensors.

All participants will be able to discuss use cases and requirements for new interoperability standards to accelerate market growth and reduce development costs in embedded markets using vision and sensor processing and associated acceleration. If the Exploratory Group reaches significant consensus then EMVA and Khronos will work to initiate the proposed standardization initiatives at the appropriate organization. Read more

Control Vision Talks
No On-Site Control Trade Fair in 2021!

EMVA’s Forum for Machine Vision & Optical Metrology – the Control Vision Talks – consequently will not take place at Stuttgart fair ground this year.

The decision is made: once again this year, it will not be possible to hold the 34th Control international trade fair for quality assurance as an on-site, live event. After in-depth consultation with the exhibitors and the trade fair advisory board, trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. had no choice but to cancel the trade fair highlight which was scheduled for the 4th through the 7th of May, 2021.

The EMVA and its media partner inVision magazine well understand and support this difficult decision. The running preparations on the forum’s program and speakers list have been stopped immediately.



Member News

LMI TECHNOLOGIES Acquires AI & IIoT/5G Inspection Company FringeAI

LMI Technologies (LMI) is pleased to announce the acquisition of FringeAI, an innovative AI and IIoT/5G inspection company based in Boston, Massachusetts. The company delivers a software suite that leverages integrated deep learning, dedicated edge devices, and IIoT/5G connected cloud services, to deliver AI-based solutions across many markets.

The company will be integrated into the LMI group of companies with FringeAI forming a new AI Solutions group. TKH Group N.V., shareholder of the LMI Group of companies, finances the transaction from existing resources and expects that the acquisition will have a positive impact on earnings per share in 2021. Read more

UltraFast Innovations and EDMUND OPTICS partner to provide global access to the Highest-Precision Laser Optics

UltraFast Innovations (UFI), a manufacturer of high-precision laser optics products, has partnered with Edmund Optics® (EO) to provide global access to industry-leading laser optics for the most demanding applications.
EO is now the exclusive global distributor of UFI optics to the industrial market. In addition to providing custom solutions, EO will also maintain a global inventory of standard UFI components that will reduce the typically long lead times of high-precision and high-power laser optics. UFI products are in stock and available for immediate shipping. Read more



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Multi-sensor Data Fusion for In-line Visual Inspection

Visual inspection is the cornerstone of most quality control workflows. When performed by humans the process is expensive, prone to error, and inefficient: a 10%-20% pseudo scrap and slippage rate and production bottlenecks are not uncommon. Under the name IQZeProd (Inline Quality control for Zero-error Products), researchers at Fraunhofer IWU are developing new, inline monitoring solutions to recognize defects as early in the production process as possible for a variety of materials such as wood, plastics, metals, and painted surfaces. Read more ›

Picking the unknown

Robust and flexible robotic automation in logistics

The global pandemic has radically impacted the supply chain and logistics industry, making the need for robotic automation more urgent than ever. With more than 70% of labor in warehousing being dedicated to picking and packing, numerous companies are gradually investing in logistics automation. But what happens when the robots must handle an unlimited number of (unknown) stock keeping units? These companies need a fast, reliable, and robust way to automate picking and placing of a large variety of objects. Read more ›

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ACTIVE SILICON – Zoom in for a closer look!

Image The new Harrier 10x AF-Zoom Camera is a compact, low power camera with real-time full HD video output and 10x optical zoom. With its 2MP Panasonic progressive scan CMOS sensor, it’s the best value 10x autofocus-zoom camera on the market.
This small block camera measures only 43 x 44 x 62.4mm and weighs 112g. It offers up to 1080p60 Full HD video output and many sophisticated camera features that are listed on our camera product page. The camera can be controlled using VISCA protocol serial communications or Pelco – D/P Control Protocol.
As part of our extensive Harrier range, the camera is available with 3G-SDI, USB, HDMI and H.264 IP output options. Read more ›

Smart Infrared Camera IRSX impresses with unique app and job concept

Image In order to attract attention in the field of temperature-measuring smart infrared cameras, not only innovative technology is required. Above all, it also requires special features that often make the use of the camera in thermal process control possible in the first place. Like the IRSX smart infrared camera from AT – Automation Technology.
Thanks to its high-precision calibration model, the AT smart infrared camera already impresses with a very high measurement accuracy of +/- 2°C. However, what makes it particularly interesting for industrial use is its variety of different apps that are not only available, but can also be exchanged at any time, allowing the functionality of the camera to be changed flexibly.
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Axion-xB Frame Grabbers Improve Performance of Camera Link Imaging Systems

Image Design engineers in the machine vision industry now have more configuration options than ever before with the introduction of the new Axion-xB line of frame grabbers from BitFlow, with support for the highest performance Camera Link® Base cameras on the market. Available in single, dual and quad link versions for maximum design flexibility, the new frame grabbers demonstrate BitFlow’s ongoing commitment to the highly popular Camera Link (CL) standard. Read more ›

New Nd:YAG Doublets Eliminate Chromatic Aberration and LT Series Lenses Achieve Autofocus for 1.1” Sensors

Edmund Optics® just released TECHSPEC® Nd:YAG Air-Spaced Achromatic Focusing Doublets, which achieve diffraction-limited performance at 1064nm, and TECHSPEC® LT Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses, which feature high-resolution, dynamic autofocus for 1.1” sensors.

TECHSPEC® Nd:YAG Air-Spaced Achromatic Focusing Doublets are designed for use with high power Nd:YAG laser systems to minimize spot sizes in such applications as laser welding and aluminum, steel, and plastics processing. These doublets are more economical than aspheres and provide superior achromatic performance than single lens elements designed for the same applications. Read more ›

Simply brilliant – object handling for glossy and metallic parts

With the LumiScan Object Handling product family, HD Vision Systems is now offering industrial companies a convenient option for automatically detecting, gripping and placing workpieces in an oriented manner. With LumiScan BinPick in sizes S, M and L, gripping in every box and from every pile is a success. LumiScan MotionPick, on the other hand, supports the safe gripping of moving parts – for example from a conveyor belt.

The solutions based on light field technology offer users reliable detection of metallic or shiny objects. In addition, the LumiScanX sensor as part of the systems, minimises occlusions of objects in cluttered piles through its integrated camera array. Read more ›

3D Mesh and 2D/3D Pattern Matching Added to Gocator 6.1 Software

Image LMI Technologies (LMI) announced the official launch of Gocator® 6.1 software. This release includes the groundbreaking addition of high accuracy 6DoF alignment and 3D mesh data generation for advanced shape measurement on 360º surface scans (using multi-sensor systems); a new 2D contour-based part and feature locator with Surface Pattern Matching; a GoHMI SDK toolkit for developing Gocator®-to-factory operator interfaces; and a number of other smart 3D technology capabilities that drive improved automated quality inspection in the context of IIoT and industry 4.0. Read more ›

Cool performance: The FXO series with CoaXPress-12

Image Image acquisition with CoaXPress always had a touch of exotic and expensive. The FXO series with CoaXPress-12 shows that an excellent picture with a high-end interface and an attractive TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is affordable for everyone thanks to modern camera construction.
CoaXPress has always met the technical requirements of vision integrators very well. The long cable lengths of up to 35 m, the stable data connection to the camera, the deterministic protocol with the highest transmission rates and the thin cables with the possibility of powering the camera via the data line. Read more ›

embedded world: Vision Components presents smallest embedded vision system

Image Probably the world’s smallest embedded vision system – fully integrated in one board and hardly bigger than an image sensor module: VC picoSmart from Vision Components will premiere at embedded world 2021 DIGITAL (March 1–5).

Only 22 mm x 23.5 mm in size, this board camera yet contains all components necessary for image processing: 1-megapixel CMOS sensor with global shutter, FPGA module, high-end FPU processor, and memory. An interface board can be connected via the integrated FPC connector. Read more ›

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Upcoming Highlights

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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