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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


Vision Knowledge Center
EMVA adds further informative content at website

EMVA presents two new interesting contributions in the Vision Knowledge Center of the association’s website:

At the Embedded Vision Europe conference 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany, David Moloney, Director of Machine Vision Technology, NTG, at Intel Corporation, described the trend to ever deeper and more complex networks with greater computational and memory requirements.

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Deep learning: Success stories, open challenges and future outlook

This presentation of Prof. Sergios Theodoridis, University of Athens, Greece, and Soterios was held at the 2nd European Machine Vision Forum 2017, Vienna, Austria.

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Covid-19 impact continues
EMVA has to cancel ‘International Vision Night’ as Vision 2020 will not take place

Messe Stuttgart announced cancellation of the bi-annual Vision show in Stuttgart due to the pandemic situation.

The evening before the trade show opens its doors the international machine vision community traditionally meets at EMVA’s ‘International VISION Night‘. With the now communicated cancellation of the Vision show in 2020, obviously the EMVA is cancelling the evening event too.

Of course we were looking forward to the meanwhile 13th edition of this special networking event as it always is a very pleasant start into the Vision show‘, comments Thomas Lübkemeier, EMVA General Manager, and continues: ‘As soon as the details for the next Vision show are defined we will get back and continue the currently stopped preparations. I am sure the next VISION Night will be an extraordinary highlight for all participants.’

Survey results on Covid-19 impacts on the machine vision industry

During April and June 2020, the EMVA conducted a bipartite survey on the effects of the Covid-19 crisis for the machine vision industry. A standardized questionnaire was distributed by email to a wide range of industry participants, both EMVA member companies and from the wider industry.

The results were complemented and verified by a series of telephone interviews with senior managers and executives from selected companies representing as wide a cross section of the industry as possible.

The majority of participants expect a U-shaped economic development during and after the crisis. On average the survey participants anticipate the machine vision industry to contract by 17% in 2020. Read more ›

Member News

Passing the Torch at Kappa optronics

Image At Kappa optronics, specialist in “cameras and vision systems for everything that drives and flies”, Johannes Overhues has taken over the reins of management as of 1 May 2020, relieving Christian Stickl who assumed leadership four years prior.

Stickl is passing the leadership torch to the next generation and will depart from the company following a period of transition.
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Case Study

On the track of old masters


Painting analysis with IDS uEye SE cameras

The “Virgin of the Rocks” is a famous work by Leonardo da Vinci and shows the Virgin Mary with the Christ Child, the boy St. John and the angel Uriel in a rock cave. The painting is one of three panels, all from an elaborate and partially sculpted altarpiece made for the Church of San Francesco Grande in Milan. One of actually two versions is displayed in the National Gallery in London. The painting owes its current radiance to an elaborate restoration in which the latest examination methods including image processing technology were used.
An M6 JETSTREAM spatially resolving micro X-ray fluorescence spectrometer from Bruker Nano GmbH Berlin played a decisive role in this. Read more ›

Bosch Waiblingen utilises Autonomous Machine Vision

ImageThe company tested the world’s first autonomous visual inspection product.

In its plant in Waiblingen, Germany, Bosch produces plastic moulded connectors for the automotive sector. Plastic injection moulding is traditionally a difficult application for standard machine vision because of the lack of contrast between the background and the part being inspected – the “black-on-black” nemesis. To solve this problem, Bosch turned to Inspekto, founder of the Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) category.

The automotive industry’s quality standards place high demands on production. Global competition and market expectations put growing pressures on automotive vendors to enhance their QA procedures, moving away from manual to automated inspection. The challenge is to find and implement cutting-edge machine vision methods. Read more ›

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Out now: 12.2 MP Alvium 1800 USB camera with rolling shutter sensor and small pixel size

Image Allied Vision adds another USB3 Vision camera with a rolling shutter to the Alvium 1800 series.

The Alvium 1800 U-1240 incorporates Sony’s back-illuminated IMX226 CMOS sensor that enables high-quality imaging at 12.2 megapixel and 29 frames per second.
Due to the pixel size of 1.85 μm, the camera combines the high image-quality with a small optical format und thus offers a very good price/performance ratio. Read more ›

Uniquely flexible high resolution ToF sensor for next generation 3D vision systems

Image Teledyne e2v announces Hydra3D™, its new Time-of-Flight (ToF) CMOS image sensor, tailored for 3D detection and distance measurement. The sensor supports the latest industrial applications, including vision guided robotics, logistics and automated guided vehicles. Hydra3D’s high resolution and flexible configuration, combined with its on-chip HDR, make it ideal for outdoor applications such as surveillance, ITS, building construction and drones.

The sensor features a 10 µm three-tap cutting-edge pixel, designed with Teledyne e2v’s proprietary CMOS technology and produced by Tower Semiconductor, the leader in high-value analog semiconductor foundry solutions. Read more ›

‘Flex-Eye’ – a new and innovative approach in customized multispectral area scan cameras

Image AI is now introducing Flex-Eye – a new and innovative camera concept giving vision system designers the ability to customize the size and location of wavebands in JAI’s Fusion Series 2-CMOS and 3-CMOS prism-based multispectral cameras.

By combining the Flex-Eye customization process with our existing Fusion Series prism-based cameras, vision system designers can now tailor make a multispectral camera that looks at specific visible and near infrared waveband ranges to meet the exact requirements of their vision applications. Read more ›

Resolution Test Target for comparative measurements for systems of the same type

Image Optical calibration and resolution testing are critical metrics in understanding and optimizing any optical system. Test targets (also called test charts, test samples or resolution test patterns) are used to determine the efficiency of optical systems. They are used to determine resolution, MTF, depth of field, distortion and telecentricity.

It is necessary to test and calibrate every single system for comparative measurements, especially when dealing with several measuring systems of the same type. Read more ›

Compact TFL-Mount lenses for high-resolution cameras with 4/3” sensors

Image The resolution of modern sensors is increasing with every generation. Pixels are getting smaller and while the sensor itself is getting bigger.
It shows that the standard C-Mount is too small to provide a high image quality over the whole sensor size. While F-Mount bayonet is not stable enough and M42 does not allow compact lens designs.
In contrast, the new standardized TFL-Mount with its M35x0.75 thread and 17.52 back flange distance (same as C-Mount) is ideal for large-format compact lenses. Read more ›

European Imaging Academy goes virtual

Each year we welcome over 2000 people to the training sessions and education events offered by the European Imaging Academy across many countries in Europe.

In view of the current Covid-19 situation and travel restrictions, the European Imaging Academy now opens a VIRTUAL CLASSROOM and offers a whole range of possibilities to support you remotely with many e-learning courses on a wide range of topics. 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.


chii2020 – Conference on Hyperspectral Imaging in Industry

28 – 29 October 2020
Graz, Austria
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SPS smart produvtion solutions

24 – 26 November 2020
Nuremberg, Germany
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automatika 2020

08 – 11 December 2020
Munich, Germany
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