BUSINESS NEWS Rex Lee, president of Pyramid Imaging Inc., was awarded a certificate recognizing the company becoming the VisualApplets Competence Center (VACC) for the U.S. This designation enables Pyramid to consult with and provide support for users of Silicon Software’s VisualApplets software for the graphical programming of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) vision processors. Based in Mannheim, Germany, Silicon Software produces off-the-shelf products and customer-specific original equipment manufacturer solutions with its hardware and software developments for machine vision and quality inspection in automation. The company focuses on the intelligent image processing boards of the microEnable product series and the VisualApplets software. “Silicon Software’s technology is very unique and revolutionary. Their technology allows programming Xilinx FPGAs without knowledge of any FPGA hardware description language (HDL),” said Lee. “Thus, nonexperts can have Xilinx FPGAs programmed for real-time image processing in days rather than in months using traditional HDL programming.” VisualApplets allows for rapid development of embedded vision applications. Any application requiring highbandwidth solutions or low size, weight, and power (SWAP) solutions will benefit due to the elimination of frame grabbers (once the FPGA is in the camera) or by greatly reducing existing CPU requirements, given that most of the image processing can be done on the FPGA in the grabber. Pyramid Imaging was one of 28 companies internationally to earn VACC certification, which is valid for two years. Basler AG concluded the takeover of mycable GmbH. Mycable Founder and Managing Director Michael Carstens-Behrens will continue to work for mycable GmbH and Basler AG in the future. With the acquisition of mycable, Basler intends to increase its market penetration in the rapidly growing field of embedded vision technology. At the same time, Basler wants to significantly reduce the integration efforts of embedded vision technologies for its customers. With its camera module series dart, Basler has been addressing a wide range of applications in the field of embedded vision for more than two years. mycable GmbH is an experienced provider in the field of consulting and development of embedded computing architectures. Customers who want to use Basler camera modules, but are hesitant due to the time-consuming integration of embedded processing platforms, will benefit from the merger and the associated competence expansion. “Together, we have a great potential to make Embedded Vision technology usable for a broad range of users,” said Arndt Bake, chief marketing officer, CMO. For mycable, the vision market is already its strongest market segment and Basler offers mycable an ideal platform for the marketing of its products and services. “We will benefit from Basler’s global sales and service network and its strong brand to provide our know-how and achieve the best possible growth in the embedded vision market,” says Michael Carstens-Behrens, managing director of mycable. Mycable GmbH is a consulting company in the area of embedded computing systems. Founded in 2001, the 13 employees of mycable GmbH support their customers in the selection of embedded computing architectures. Consulting and conceptual designs as well as prototypes and serial products are developed within the framework of a customer order. If necessary, mycable also coordinates the production of prototypes and small batches. mycable’s customers are primarily active in the automotive and computer vision industry. Vision Engineering and Luxo Corporation, part of the Glamox Group and a manufacturer of armbased illuminated bench magnifiers and lighting solutions, announced a new strategic business partnership. Vision Engineering will offer a range of co-branded magnifiers to the North American and Central Europe industrial markets directly and through their authorized distribution channel. Mark Curtis, vision engineering’s managing director, commented, “We are very excited to work with Luxo Corporation. This business partnership reflects our commitment to provide our customers with a high quality product portfolio and outstanding customer service.” The comprehensive range of cobranded professional bench magnifiers expands Vision Engineering’s current product portfolio and gives customers a greater choice of quality inspection solutions. Knut Rusten, Glamox senior VP of professional building solutions, said, “The collaboration with Vision Engineering allows us to jointly develop a range of products which can be applied to a broader range of technical markets that can be accessed through Vision Engineering’s global direct and indirect sales channels.” With over 140 years of combined optical experience, both Vision Engineering and Luxo Corporation are global manufacturers known for their superior quality and reliability of products, often serving in harsh industrial conditions. Vision Engineering and Luxo Coropration are working together to facilitate a transition of the business without interruption of customer service.
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