Teledyne Completes Acquisition of Dalsa THOUSAND OAKS, CA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA—Teledyne Technologies Inc. and Dalsa Corp. jointly announced the successful completion of the previously announced plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”). The Arrangement was completed following the approval of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) and satisfaction of the various conditions precedent to the Arrangement. MACHINE VISION MARKET CONTINUES SOLID GROWTH IN NORTH AMERICA ANN ARBOR, MI—Sales of machine vision components and systems in North America rose substantially in the third quarter of 2010. Overall, year-over-year growth hit 68%, up from second quarter 2010 at 60% and first quarter 2010 at 34%, according to the new sales tracking report of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA). The new report, titled Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report, showed that sales were robust in all major machine vision supplier markets, including cameras, lighting, optics, imaging boards, software, application-specific machine vision systems and smart cameras. The new report also disclosed that 68% of companies submitting data for the report expect sales to improve through first quarter of 2011. Of the remaining companies, 28% anticipate sales at or near the level reached in the third quarter, and just 4% believe that sales will decrease. “These results are very impressive, leaving little doubt that the recovery in the North American machine vision market is real and sustainable,” notes Paul Kellett, AIA’s director of market analysis. “Based on industry expectations, we expect the recovery to continue at least another six months,” Kellett adds. XENICS OPENS U.S. SUBSIDIARY BEVERLY, MA—Xenics, a manufacturer of infrared detectors and customized imaging solutions, has established Xenics USA Inc. to broaden its market presence in North America. The office, located near Boston, is headed by Luc DeBrouckere, who has 35 years of managerial and technical experience in IR imaging. Besides serving industrial customers, Xenics USA is positioned to better penetrate the strategically important and rapidly growing market for security systems, as well as the thriving institutional and OEM markets for governmental projects. The product spectrum marketed and supported by Xenics USA, which is a subsidiary of Leuven, Belgiumbased Xenics nv, will include all products and solutions in the company’s broad-based product portfolio. ANDOR LAUNCHES SCIENTIFIC IMAGING COMPETITION BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND— Andor Technology, specialists in scientific imaging, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems, has launched the second Andor Insight Awards 2011 scientific imaging competition. Now in its second year, the competition rewards visually stunning and scientifically captivating images, spectra, graphics and movies. The competition is open to entries produced with Andor equipment regardless of technique or application. Researchers can submit their entry into one of two categories: physical sciences or life sciences. The winner of each category will receive an Apple iPad and benefit from significant publicity of their work throughout a range of scientific publications. “Last year’s competition highlighted the depth of cutting-edge research carried out with Andor products and systems by researchers all over the world,” says Donal Denvir, Andor’s technical director and Insight Awards jury member. “We look forward to rewarding more visually stunning and scientifically captivating entries through this year’s competition.” The deadline for this year’s awards is May 31, and contestants can submit an unlimited number of entries. The winners will be announced at the end of July. First place for the 2010 Insight Awards was shared between Dr. Neil Ganem, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and Professor Mihalis Mathioudakis and Dr. David Jess from the Solar Physics Group at Queen’s University, Belfast. FAIRCHILD IMAGING TO BE ACQUIRED BY BAE SYSTEMS ARLINGTON, VA—BAE Systems has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Fairchild Imaging Inc. (Milpitas, CA), a company specializing in solid-state electronic imaging components, cameras and systems for aerospace, industrial, medical and scientific imaging applications. BAE Systems currently owns 8.7% of the equity of Fairchild Imaging and, upon completion of the acquisition for a cash consideration of approximately $86 million, will have acquired all of the remaining outstanding equity. Upon closing of the acquisition, Fairchild Imaging’s staff in Milpitas will become part of BAE Systems’ Electronic Solutions sector, headquartered in Nashua, NH. The proposed acquisition of Fairchild Imaging follows BAE Systems’ acquisition of OASYS Technology in 2010. OASYS Technology specializes in the design and manufacture of electro-optical systems and subassemblies for aerospace, defense, industrial and commercial markets. The acquisition is conditional, among other things, upon receiving certain regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first half of 2011. SONY APPOINTS ASIO VISION AS ISRAELI INDUSTRIAL CAMERA DISTRIBUTOR ISRAEL—Sony Europe’s Image Sensing Solutions (ISS) division has announced the appointment of Asio Vision as an official industrial camera product distribution partner in Israel. Asio Vision has become the only Israeli distributor with the rights to sell Sony ISS’ extensive portfolio of industrial camera modules to its partners in the region. Technology covered by the agreement includes Sony ISS’ machine vision and visual communications product ranges, including SmartCamera, GigE, EVI, micro-XCD and FCB cameras. Matthew Swinney, senior product marketing manager, Sony Image Sensing Solutions commented, “Asio Vision’s founders bring extensive in-house experience of the Israeli industrial camera market. Being a young company, they also bring a fresh approach and we’re looking forward to working with them to deploy our innovative camera technology.” Asio Vision will begin supplying Sony cameras immediately. COAXPRESS STANDARD APPROVED TOKYO, JAPAN—The Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA), host of the CoaXPress high-speed digital interface standard for imaging applications, announced that the first edition of the standard has been overwhelmingly approved by its Working Group as a JIIA standard for public release. Additionally, the AIA/EMVA CoaXPress Liaison Group which consists of members from the Automated Imaging Association (AIA) and the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), have also given their approval, paving the way for global adoption in early 2011. Representatives from both groups voted on the standard during the past month and the results were released in December 2010, showing a total of 31 votes in favor, none opposed and two abstentions. JIIA also announced the launch of a compliance test procedure to test and approve CoaXPress devices as officially compliant products. This compliance program will also manage permission to use the CoaXPress name and logo. Additional details of how this process will work will be announced in Q1 2011. Following this successful ratification of the standard, the CoaXPress specification will now go through a three-month international appeal process, during which interested parties can comment on a wide range of technical and legal areas. The result of this process, which has been agreed upon by JIIA and the two other major industry organizations—the AIA and the EMVA, will be announced at Automate 2011 in Chicago and will pave the way for CoaXPress to become an international standard. EDMUND OPTICS CREATES INNOVATION AWARD BARRINGTON, NJ—Edmund Optics, a provider of optical components, has created the Edmund Optics European Research and Innovation Award to support research and innovation in the field of optics and imaging at universities and non-profit research institutions located in Europe. The company encourages students, PhD candidates, lab managers, teaching assistants and lecturers working on research programs that both utilize and develop optical technology to apply for its award. Edmund Optics intends to sponsor relevant research projects with product donations. In addition, the company will invite the three winners to Vision 2011, a trade show for the imaging and vision industry held in Stuttgart, Germany, in November 2011. Applications will be reviewed internally by Edmund Optics experts and selected according to technical merit and innovative application of optics in the respective research projects, with a particular emphasis on the life quality improvement aspect of the presented projects. The winners will be announced during October 2011. “Optic technology helps us to respond to the challenges we are currently facing in biotech, energy efficiency, security and communications,” said Dr. Thomas Kessler, Edmund Optics executive vicepresident of global sales. “The Edmund Optics European Research and Innovation Award intends to recognize scientists and institutions, to highlight their work, and to actively contribute to the development of their projects.” ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES ACQUIRES VDS VOSSKÜHLER STADTRODA, GERMANY— Allied Vision Technologies (AVT), market leader for digital industrial cameras with Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire interfaces, has acquired 100% of the shares of the camera producer VDS Vosskühler (Osnabrück, Germany). Effective immediately, the acquisition increases AVT’s portfolio by the addition of near infrared (NIR) and long wave infrared (LWIR) camera technologies, as well as extensive competencies in the area of active camera cooling. The acquisition further strengthens the overall market position in the area of industrial cameras. Incorporated in 1985, VDS Vosskühler develops, produces and markets industrial cameras and charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras for visible light. Herein, VDS concentrates in customer-specific variations for OEM customers. Through the acquisition, AVT—an affiliate of the technology company Augusta Technologie AG—gains immediate access to these technologies and increases its customer base substantially.
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