Trade Associations Agree to Develop Global Industry Standards STUTTGART, GERMANY—During the Vision trade show in Stuttgart, Germany, leaders from the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) and Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) signed an agreement to cooperatively develop and promote global machine vision standards. Up to this point, each association has developed industry standards on its own; these legacy standards will remain in place. Going forward, if the associations agree on an issue needing standardization, a lead association will develop the standard and then the group will mutually promote the result as a global industry standard. If there is no consensus on the global need of a standard, each association retains the right to develop standards outside the cooperative group. “This accord will benefi t machine vision users and suppliers alike by accelerating the pace of standards development, avoiding overlapping efforts, and creating more awareness of new standards,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of AIA. “This new cooperation in the fi eld of machine vision standards development will play a decisive role in promoting machine vision technology in all markets. It will increase the global information fl ow during the standards development process and help the standards to become established internationally,” says Patrick Schwarzkopf, EMVA general secretary. “We’ve worked diligently since JIIA fi rst proposed this idea to prepare a global standardization process that will benefi t the industry. It is especially rewarding that this agreement is now signed. We congratulate all of the machine vision players and look forward to further cooperation,” says Shigeo Oka, chairman of JIIA. Machine vision, which accounts for more than $5 billion in annual sales worldwide, is a critical technology for industries such as automotive, electronics, food and beverage, lab automation, pharmaceuticals and security. New markets are rapidly developing in areas such as medical imaging, energy and entertainment, and AIA, EMVA and JIIA believe that new standards can help stimulate the growth of machine vision sales. Representatives from the three trade groups said they hope to add leaders from other associations in the future as new groups emerge to represent the growing machine vision industry in countries such as China and India. For more information on the new standards agreement, visit www.machinevisiononline.org. PROSILICA BECOMES ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES STADTRODA, GERMANY—One year after the takeover of Prosilica Inc. by Allied Vision Technologies GmbH, Prosilica will be fully integrated into the AVT Group. At the Vision 2009 trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany, the entire product portfolio from Prosilica was presented under the Allied Vision Technologies name. Prosilica cameras will now become an integral part of the overall AVT camera offering. The change will be visual as well: the Prosilica GC, GE, GS, GB and GX series will take on the red color for which AVT is known, and will carry the brand name Allied Vision Technologies. The Prosilica name will remain for these camera families alongside the AVT Pike, Stingray, Guppy and other new cameras developed after the integration will get names typical of AVT, such as the new AVT Manta. In keeping with the integration, Prosilica Inc. with headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, will do business as Allied Vision Technologies, a division of AVT Group. Prosilica will then be another North American location for AVT Inc. USA (Newburyport, MA). The division’s focus will be on independent development and assembly within the AVT Group. “With the integration of Prosilica’s cameras, we can offer Prosilica and AVT customers more advantages: more innovation, more products and more market success, all under the AVT name,” says Frank Grube, president and chief executive offi cer of Allied Vision Technologies GmbH. MATROX IMAGING LAUNCHES AUTHORIZED INTEGRATOR PROGRAM IN EUROPE STUTTGART, GERMANY— Following a successful launch in North America, Matrox Imaging is pleased to bring its authorized integrator program to Europe. The Matrox authorized integrator program will help European manufacturers fi nd qualifi ed, local machine vision Consultants to integrate vision systems into their manufacturing processes. Matrox Imaging European Sales Manager Sam Lopez says, “The authorized integrator program means that European manufacturers will be able to look in their own backyards and fi nd local vision experts with the knowledge and experience to build powerful turn-key imaging solutions.” Systems integrators who join the program receive several benefi ts that include preferential pricing on Matrox Imaging hardware and software products, pre-qualifi ed sales leads, personalized applications support, as well as frequent training sessions and marketing support. Clients who use a Matrox Imaging authorized integrator benefi t from a turn-key system crafted by a vision specialist. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/imaging/ en/buy/integrators/program/. COHERENT ACQUIRES PRODUCT LINES FROM STOCKERYALE SANTA CLARA, CA—Coherent Inc. has acquired the North American operations of StockerYale Inc. in an asset purchase for $15 million in cash. The company acquired all the assets and certain operating liabilities of the laser module product line in Montreal and the specialty fi ber product line in Salem, NH. John Ambroseo, president and chief executive offi - cer of Coherent, says, “In acquiring these two product lines, we gain access to the machine vision market and expand our bioinstrumentation opportunities through the laser diode module business. We also add core fi ber technology, which will improve our time to market and enhance both the performance and reliability of our fi ber-based product platforms.” Founded in 1966, Coherent Inc. provides photonicsbased solutions to the commercial and scientifi c research markets. For more information, visit www.coherent.com. POINT GREY EXPANDS ASIAN OPERATIONS RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA—Point Grey, a provider of advanced digital camera systems, announces the offi cial opening of its new offi ce in Tokyo. The offi ce, located in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, is managed by Michael Kadoma, who is responsible for business development in Asia. The offi ce will provide fi rst-hand support to Point Grey’s network of authorized distributors in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore and Taiwan. Kadoma will work closely with distributors in Asia to strengthen existing customer relationships and identify new business opportunities. Orders, product inquiries and technical support will continue to be handled by distributors locally. “We are very excited to open an offi ce in Japan and welcome Michael Kadoma to our team,” says Vlad Tucakov, director of sales and marketing at Point Grey. “Establishing this offi ce demonstrates our deep commitment to maintaining Point Grey’s growth in Asia.”
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