Applied Vision Corp. Promotes Three AKRON, OH—In light of its continued growth, Applied Vision Corp., provider of machine vision inspection systems, has promoted three staff members to new leadership roles. Jerry Shaffer has been named vice president of customer service, Brian Baird has been appointed director of product marketing and Paul Stephan has assumed the role of director of software engineering. Shaffer joined Applied Vision in 2008 as director of applications engineering with more than 20 years of experience at Delphi/GM where he led machine vision application development teams. He possesses a strong background in engineering and quality control, including Six Sigma training, having obtained Black Belt certifi cation. In his new position, Baird will coordinate and direct market-driven product development and product lifecycle management. In doing so, Baird will take into account customer feedback, the company’s skill set and its mission. For the time being, he will fulfi ll the dual role of engineer and marketer. Working hand-in-hand with the rest of the Applied Vision engineering and commercial teams, Stephan will oversee all software development and the software engineering team. His new role will utilize his extensive machine vision experience and his skill for directing, teaching and accomplishing complex software development tasks COGNEX PROMOTES ROBERT WILLETT NATICK, MA—Cognex Corp., supplier of machine vision systems, has announced the promotion of Robert Willett to president and chief operating offi cer. Willett will assume these responsibilities in addition to his current role as president of the modular vision systems division, which is the largest operating division of Cognex. Willett joined Cognex In 2008. GIGE VISION UPDATE RELEASED ANN ARBOR, MI—The GigE Vision camera interface standard that has been used by the machine vision industry since 2006 has been updated and Version 1.2 is now available. The GigE Vision standard committee worked diligently to improve the standard and Version 1. 2 brings brand new features, such as control of non-streaming devices to the industry. Version 1.2 introduces non-streaming device control. It accommodates networked video distribution applications that leverage switched Ethernet client/server video networks. It enables the integration of various types of devices through a common control protocolGreatly simplifying software development for system integrators. “Version 1.2 is a major milestone for GigE Vision as it opens the doors for new classes of products beyond the traditional camera. It enables the integration of various types of devices through a common control protocol, greatly simplifying software development for system integrators. This demonstrates the direction GigE Vision is taking to be more than a simple camera interface by providing a complete networking model to machine vision,” says Eric Carey, chair of the GigE Vision standard committee and R&D director at Dalsa Corp. GigE Vision is a widely adopted interface, with dozens of companies offering hundreds of GigE Vision compliant products in the market today AIA CHAIRMAN ELECTED DEER PARK, NY—Rusty Ponce de Leon, president, Phase 1 Technology Corp., has been elected 2010 chairman of the Automated Imaging Association (Ann Arbor, MI). Ponce de Leon succeeds Mike Cyros, president, Allied Vision Technologies, Inc., Newburyport, MA, whose two-year term as chairman expired on January 21, 2010. Cyros remains on the AIA board as immediate pastChairman. Greg Hollows, director, machine vision solutions, Edmund Optics, Barrington, NJ, was elected as vice chairman, a newly-created board position. VICE PRESIDENT APPOINTED AT JAI SAN JOSE, CA—Jimi Meshulam has been appointed vice president of fi nance for JAI (San Jose, CA), provider of camera solutions for industrial, scientifi c, medical, traffi c, homeland security and other applications. Meshulam has served as controller for JAI Group’s U.S. operations since joining in 2006. In his new role, he will have worldwide responsibility for overseeing JAI’s fi nance, accounts payable, accounts receivable, human resources, payroll, IT and general and administrative departments. In addition, he will manage the JAI Group’s hedging policies, tax planning, and portfolio of patents and brand names, and will serve as a member of the company’s global leadership team responsible for strategic business planning. PROSILICA INC. OFFICIALLY RENAMED BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA— Prosilica’s integration into the Allied Vision Technologies group is now complete. The former Prosilica Inc. with headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is now incorporated as Allied Vision Technologies Canada Inc. This step completes the integration process of both companies. The new chief executive offi - cer of Allied Vision Technologies Canada Inc. is Michael Cyros, who also heads AVT’s subsidiary in the USA, Allied Vision Technologies Inc. Cyros is now in charge of the whole American operations of AVT, which includes the Burnaby, British Columbia, R&D and production site as well as the Newburyport, MA, sales offi ce. Steve Prescesky remains president and chief operating offi cer of AVT Canada Inc.
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