Vision 2010 Shows Strength of Industry Recovery STUTTGART, GERMANY—After the largest economic crisis in 60 years, Vision 2010 is now benefiting from a sharp upturn in the economy, mainly in Germany. The willingness of the industry to invest is currently exceeding even the most confident expectations of economic forecasters. Many exhibitors are reporting a marked improvement in orders booked. According to the VDMA Machine Vision (German Engineering Federation for Machine Vision), many companies report increasing orders from user industries, including machinery and plant engineering, the plastics and rubber industry, robotics and the electronics industry. For the first time more than 300 exhibitors have registered. Last year the number was 293; this year it is 323 exhibitors. At the same time, the amount of international exhibitors has grown from 42% to 44% in 2010. An accompanying program provides multiple perspectives on machine vision applications and solutions. Twenty-seven countries were represented, including the United States (32 exhibitors), Japan (14), Great Britain (13), the Netherlands and Switzerland (10 exhibitors each). The exhibitors showcased machine vision and identification components, including smart, matrix and line scan camera systems, high-speed and infrared cameras, vision sensors, frame grabbers, software tools and libraries, lighting, objectives and optical filters, as well as accessories and application solutions and services for complete systems. VISION AWARD GOES TO SICK WALDKIRCH, GERMANY— The Vision Award—the Award for Applied Machine Vision—was presented to Sick for the 3-D color camera ColorRanger. The jury included Dieter-Josef Walter, Daimler AG; Don Braggins, Machine Vision System Consultancy; Hermann Tropf, Vision Tools, and Martin Wäny from Awaiba Lda. The jury members chose from a total of 28 submissions. NAVITAR AWARDED CONTRACT FOR ASSEMBLY TO BE USED BY NAVY ROCHESTER, NY—Navitar Inc., a manufacturer of precision optical and electro-optic systems, was recently awarded a contract with the Defense Supply Center in Columbus, OH, (DSCC) for a multielement lens assembly to be used by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAVAIR). The lens assembly requested by the DSCC has been approved for use in the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment of U. S. Navy aircraft carriers, specifically within the optical landing system. The origins of the lens assembly lie with Buhl Optical, an optics company previously based in Pittsburgh, PA, that was acquired by Navitar in 1997. Buhl fi rst manufactured the lens assembly for the Navy in 1989. Navitar engineers worked with NAVAIR to make slight modifications and improvements to the specifi cations and updated the lens design to meet today’s standards. LUMENERA SHIPS 125,000TH DIGITAL CAMERA OTTOWA, ONTARIO, CANADA—Lumenera Corp., a manufacturer and developer of high-performance digital cameras and custom imaging solutions for scientific, industrial and surveillance markets, has sold 125,000 digital cameras since its inception in 2002. To date, more than 1,250 camera variants have been designed, including USB, Ethernet, GigE, custom and OEM solutions. PHYSICAL OPTICS CELEBRATES 25TH YEAR TORRANCE, CT—Physical Optics Corp. (POC), a system integration company for military, aerospace, homeland security and avionics markets, marks its 25th year in business serving advanced technology communities. POC, founded in 1985 by Dr. Joanna Jannson and Dr. Tomasz Jannson, began as an R&D company focused on holographic technology and laser optics. POC serves the private sector in applied technologies, electro-optic systems, information technology, avionics, wireless communication, software and advanced sensor systems. The privately-held company has grown in revenue and personnel each consecutive year as a self-funded, employee-owned business. This year’s consolidated revenues have topped $45 million and the company now employs 225 people. POC holds 91 U.S. patents and has introduced 100 new products to worldwide markets since the company’s inception. During the past 12 months, POC has created 16 new, high level technical jobs. EDMUND OPTICS INCREASES FOCUS ON TAIWAN SINGAPORE—Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components, continues its expansion across Asia with the opening of an office in Taichung City and appointment of Mr. Johnson Chang to lead its Taiwan Sales operations. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Johnson Chang to our Asia Sales team. This is an exciting time for us as we continue to see rapid growth in the demand for our products across the region, especially in Taiwan,” commented Vincent Thong, director, Asia Sales. “Chang’s knowledge and experience in vision integration systems and imaging lenses adds tremendous strength to our Asian team.” In his role as Sales Manager, Johnson Chang will spearhead further development of EO’s Taiwan presence. Chang joins EO after having worked in precision optics for more than 12 years at one of Taiwan’s most established lens manufacturing businesses.
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