BitFlow Identifies Five Machine Vision Trends for 2018 WOBURN, MA — In an industry such as machine vision where new standards and technologies are being launched at an unprecedented rate, emerging trends are multiplying faster than cameras on an automation line. Some trends are inevitable developments that are years in the making, while others are more disruptive, bleeding in from areas unknown. Consider, for example, how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has fundamentally altered manufacturing, paving the way for companies to achieve new milestones in product quality, cost efficiencies, and greater visibility throughout the enterprise. BitFlow, Inc., a manufacturer of frame grabbers for machine vision cameras, annually gives its top five industry trends for the upcoming year. According to BitFlow, the trends to watch in 2018 are: Cross-Industry Collaboration: Diverse new uses of machine vision components have thrust vision manufacturers into markets where they are encountering interface standards they are not accustomed to, such as HDMI 1.3 in microscopy, SDI in broadcast, 3G-SDI in defense, LVDS in traffic imaging, and GMSL in automobiles. To resolve these differences, all parties will need to collaborate to share expertise on how best to get the data from a camera’s sensor to the PC memory for processing. Smart Cities: As part of the “Smart City” concept, vision systems will be deployed in larger numbers for monitoring traffic patterns, and for recognizing license plates for security purposes. Advanced vision technologies, including connected vehicle technologies, will help to reduce the number of collisions, fatalities, and injuries. The ITS segment will grow at nine percent or more from 2017 to 2025. Because many existing ITS systems are currently analog and therefore outdated, the CoaXPress standard, which uses legacy coaxial networks migrate to digital transmission, will continue to gain traction in this area. Vision-Guided Retail: Amazon is beta-testing an unattended grocery store on its corporate headquarters that rings up purchases with machine vision-enabling cameras, aided by sensors and RFID tags. It then charges the customer’s Amazon account as they walk out. No waiting in lines. Over the next 3-5 years, retailers may flock to this vision technology in the hope is that these “mobile stores” will be the savior of their remaining brick and mortar mainstays. In a recent study, it emerged that over 80% of business was still conducted in brick and mortar, so increasing the efficiency of this is tantamount to a successful shopping experience. Coaxpress Vs. USB3 Vision/ GigE Vision: USB3 is an industry leader in the sub 400MB/S application areas, but for customers looking to get an extra benefit in an upgrade from this, or a significant benefit in an upgrade from GigE Vision, the option is to migrate to a single link CoaXPress solution. With a 600 MB/S data rate and removing all the latency, interrupt, cable and I/O challenges of USB3 and GigE Vision, CXP is poised to become the industry leader in low ban data rate. The low price tags of the hardware in this market is ensuring an easy decision for customers of GigE Vision and USB3 Vision systems. Hyperspectral Adoption: PC-based hyperspectral imaging is used to identify materials, find objects, or detect processes that are not visible to the naked eye. Applications in areas outside of manufacturing are fueling strong growth for hyperspectral cameras, which combine spectroscopy with digital imaging. The military surveillance segment makes up the largest market share of hyperspectral imaging, followed by the environment testing, and mining and mineralogy segments. There is also adoption of hyperspectral imaging in various medical procedures and diagnostics. The relative complexity of analyzing and processing imaging data has acted as a major hindrance to the growth of the market, along with the high cost of hyperspectral cameras. Manufacturers are now poised to overcome these drawbacks. In 2018, the machine vision industry is expected to grow at ten percent or more. In fact, industry sources are now projecting global sales of machine vision components to reach a staggering USD $19 billion by 2025 or nearly double its current value. Growth will provide the needed funding for new cutting-edge technologies, and for refining current ones. BUSINESS NEWS Baumer Optronic GmbH is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Founded in the 1990s by Dr. Oliver Vietze, who was at that time pioneering CMOS image sensor research under his aegis the former locally-acting company. Vietze grew the unit from an initial team of 35 employees to the present 147-person Vision Competence Center of the Baumer Group and a global player in the field of industrial image processing. “Our high-performance industrial cameras and intuitive vision sensors are successfully deployed in various industries and thousands of applications around the world. Our customer satisfaction is based on products renowned for the highest quality, precision and reliability,” said Dr. Albert Schmidt, managing director of Baumer Optronic GmbH, when being asked to summarize the company’s success factors. As the Vision Competence Center of the Baumer Group, Baumer Optronic develops and manufactures industrial cameras and vision sensors to support customers in their applications with cross-industry solutions. The robust CMOS and CCD cameras hedge high customer investments in process automation with cutting-edge sensor technologies, resolutions from VGA to 48 megapixels and frame rates of up to 891 fps. VeriSens vision sensors excel through intuitive operation as well as easy and quick integration and are an ideal imagebased solution for complex tasks in process control without the need of an additional PC. PEOPLE NEWS ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. expanded its board of directors to eight members and appointed Kirsten Lange as a new director. Lange, a German citizen, has 27 years of business experience in top management and in consulting, across many of the geographies ATS serves. Most recently, she served as a member of the management board of Voith Hydro, where she was responsible for growing the automation and service divisions, and developing new digital business models. Previous to that, Lange spent 22 years with the Boston Consulting Group (“BCG”), based in Munich, Germany, where she worked as a partner and managing director serving over 100 companies in sectors such as machine and plant construction, chemicals, automotive, energy, packaged consumer goods and more. At BCG she spent two years in Shanghai, running the local office and developing the Chinese market. Since 2015 she has served as a member of the board of directors and audit committee of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Lange graduated from the University of Munich with a degree in journalism and earned a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD/France. Lange’s appointment, which follows a search process, reflects the objective of the board of directors to ensure that the board and its committees are comprised of persons having the knowledge, experience, skills, expertise, and diversity of perspective necessary for effective governance of the company.
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