LMI Technologies Enters Chinese Market VANCOUVER, CANADA—China Daheng Group Inc. Beijing Image Vision Technology Branch (Daheng) has signed on as an authorized distributor of LMI Technologies’ Gocator 3-D smart sensors in China. This distribution deal marks Gocator’s entry into the world’s second largest economy and arguably the most expansive manufacturing marketplace. “We are seeing an explosive need for 3D inspection and measurement sensors that improve the quality of production,” says Daheng’s Manger of Development, Duan Deshan. “We are excited to be able to address this demand by working with LMI Technologies to bring their Gocator line profiler technology to China.” With Daheng’s extensive machine vision industry expertise, Gocator’s initial market impact is expected to be substantial. Having completed LMI Technologies’ thorough distributor training process, Daheng can now field Gocator inquiries as an authorized distributor. AIA SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH KOREAN MACHINE VISION INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION ANN ARBOR, MI—The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean Machine Vision Industrial Association (KMVIA), a year-old trade association representing machine vision in Korea. The agreement outlines a range of activities on which the two associations will collaborate including an exchange of market data, mutual support for trade shows and technical conferences, promotion of leading global standards, and promotion of member companies and their products and services. “As KMVIA is a very young association and Korea is a fast growing market, we expect AIA can give us great help to accelerate growth with fluent experience,” says Hong-ki Baek, chairman of KMVIA. One of the first activities AIA will support in Korea is the KMVIA’s first trade show, The Korea Vision Show, April 3-6, 2012 in Seoul. Burnstein said AIA would participate with a booth and lead a delegation of industry executives interested in doing business in Korea. Burnstein signed the agreement on behalf of AIA, while Hong-ki Baek, Chairman of the Board of KMVIA, signed for the Korean trade group. The agreement was formally announced during the AIA Networking Reception at VISION 2011 in Stuttgart. Sungho Huh of Envision, a member of the Board of KMVIA, gave an update on the Korean machine vision market at this event, attended by more than 220 global industry executives. For more information about AIA, contact AIA Headquarters at www.machinevisiononline. org. For more information about KMVIA, contact Sungho Huh at firstname.lastname@example.org. MATROX IMAGING LIBRARY CLASSROOM TRAININGS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2012 MONTREAL, CANADA—Matrox Imaging is offering classroom training on the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) processing tools and the MIL/MIL-Lite environment, April 16-20, 2012, at its Montreal, Canada headquarters. Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) Processing is an intensive threeday course, which explains how to select the best image processing tools for an application and demonstrates how to use them to their full potential. Created especially for the first time user, Introduction to the MIL/ MIL-Lite Environment is a twoday course which includes a general overview of the library, shows how to set up a development environment and covers the basics of managing image buffers, capture and display. All participants will have the opportunity to discuss their specific application requirements with Matrox technical staff. Participants who register for Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) training before March 1, 2012, will benefit from saving 20% on the cost of tuition. POINT GREY MAKES CLEARVIEW IMAGING DISTRIBUTOR RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA—Point Grey has made ClearView Imaging its exclusive distributor in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Customers will see immediate benefits as a result of providing local distribution of Point Grey products through ClearView, including faster response times and local technical support. “ClearView is delighted to have secured the rights to distribute Point Grey’s prestigious range of advanced digital cameras in the United Kingdom,” says Allan Anderson, managing director, ClearView Imaging. “The brand perfectly complements our existing portfolio of high quality, leading-edge imaging components.” With immediate effect, ClearView Imaging, managed by Allan Anderson, will be the first point of contact and handle all product inquiries, orders and technical support for Point Grey’s customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Point Grey’s office in Germany will continue to provide sales and support services to continental European customers. DATALOGIC TO ACQUIRE PPT VISION MINNEAPOLIS—PPT Vision has announced that Datalogic S.p.A., a globally recognized leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation, has agreed to acquire PPT Vision. According to the terms of the acquisition agreement, PPT will operate as a separate company for machine vision within Datalogic Automation, the industrial automation division of Datalogic Group. After the closing, Guglielmo Piazzi will assume the responsibility of chairman of PPT Vision, reporting to Datalogic Automation CEO Gian Paolo Fedrigo. PPT will maintain its Minneapolis headquarters, with a network of sales partners, distributors and integrators around the world, according to Bob Heller, who will continue as president and CEO, reporting to Piazzi. “Today’s announcement marks a bold step forward in executing PPT’s goal to be the best in the world in machine vision solutions for manufacturing companies,” said Heller. “The partnership provides both organizations with stronger global sales channels, additional product development resources and industry leadership positions in automation and machine vision.” Datalogic is a solutions provider and producer of bar code readers, data collection mobile computers, RFID and vision systems, according to Heller. “Datalogic’s ID and bar coding technologies and vision sensors are highly compatible with PPT’s strengths in highperformance, embedded vision systems,” he said. “Our organizations are already collaborating on new technologies, to be introduced in first quarter 2012, that expand our broad product road map to fully serve today’s growing machine vision market.” Datalogic reported the value of the transaction at $5.2 million, financed with internal capital resources. A significant portion of PPT’s value was in intangible assets, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights and other intellectual property rights, as well as a large portfolio of customers and strategic partners. Tamburi Investment Partners acted as financial advisor for the transaction, which is expected to close in December. DRÄGER AND JENOPTIK EXTEND THEIR COLLABORATION JENA, GERMANY—The Lübeckbased company Dräger Safety AG & Co. KgaA is to cooperate with Jenoptik’s Optical Systems division. Collaboration will focus on the development, production and supply of optoelectronic system solutions. The long-term strategic collaboration will be based on a cooperation agreement concluded in the fourth quarter of 2011. Jenoptik will develop and produce integrated optoelectronic modules, systems and equipment for Dräger. Among others, strategy workshops where both partners contribute their technological expertise to set up specific development projects represent a key element in this context. The first concrete project agreement is already entered. The total volume is in the lower singledigit million-Euro range and will initially extend over a period of three years. “We have found a project partner in Jenoptik that covers the entire process chain. We were highly impressed by the company’s expertise in the development of optics, electronics and software,” explains Stefan Kammer, head of Strategic Purchasing at Dräger Safety AG & Co. KgaA. Wolfgang Keller, head of Jenoptik’s Optoelectronic Systems business unit, agrees. “We are delighted to have won Dräger, a leading international company in the field of safety technology, as another key customer for our optoelectronic solutions,” Keller adds. “Our cooperation with Dräger highlights the fact that we, as a system provider of integrated, optoelectronic solutions, can meet the most demanding requirements in terms of development, large-scale production and software integration.” Dräger and Jenoptik have successfully collaborated on thermal imaging cameras for rescue services, especially fire departments since 2008.
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