Lecky Integration Adds Two to Staff LITTLE FALLS, NY- Lecky Integration, a technical consultant company that partners with government agencies, system integrators, OEMs, Fortune 500 companies, and entrepreneurial start-ups, has doubled in size since the start of the new year. Recent hires include: Josh Johnson, a graduate of William and Mary with a degree in Computer Science and a graduate of Full Sail University, who also holds a bachelor's degree in Game Development. Dustin Holtz, a graduate of Full Sail University, with a bachelor's degree in Game Development. Holtz and Johnson join Keith Morgado, also a software developer, and Michael Vittiglio, who was recently promoted to manager of software development in order to help effectively manage company growth and client deliverables. MACHINE VISION AND VISION GUIDED ROBOTICS MARKET TO REACH $15.3B DALLAS-According to a new market research report, "Global Machine Vision and Vision Guided Robotics Market (2010 - 2015)," published by Markets and Markets, the total global machine vision system and component market is expected to be worth $15.3 billion by 2015, out of which the camera and smart camera will account for nearly 27.3% of the total revenues. The global market is expected to record a CAGR of 9.3% from 2010 to 2015. The machine vision system and component market has advanced very fast to meet the growing demand for traditional and non-traditional applications areas. Advancement in processing capabilities has made the machine vision systems more powerful; coupled with the development of smart camera and new interfaces. These advancements have also increased processing power, reduced cost and operational complexities, thereby increasing the scope of machine vision technology for a wider application. The global machine vision system and components market is estimated to reach $9,830.4 million in 2010; growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.3% from 2010 to 2015. Among all the market segments, the optics, lighting and frame grabbers commanded the largest share in terms of revenues in 2010, while camera and smart camera came second in terms of revenues. However, camera and smart camera is the fastest growing market, growing at a CAGR of 10.2% from 2010 to 2015, due to the higher demand for smart camera because of its lower cost of the system and easy to install and use. Processor, software, and hardware market is expected to reach $3,641.6 million in 2015 with an estimated CAGR of 8.8% from 2010 to 2015. At present, Asia Pacifi c region dominates the global machine vision system and component market, which is also the fastest growing region, at a double digit CAGR of 11. 1% from 2010 to 2015 and this trend is expected to continue in the forecasted period as well; followed by North American region, the second largest market for machine vision, which occupied market share of 32.2% of the overall market in 2010. However, ROW was the smallest market for machine vision system and components in 2010. NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS ANNOUNCES 2011 GREEN ENGINEERING GRANT PROGRAM AUSTIN, TX-National Instruments (NI) has announced its 2011 Green Engineering Grant program, a worldwide competitive program that fosters rapid design, prototyping and commercialization of promising new renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid systems. Through the program, NI will donate up to $25,000 USD equivalent in NI Lab VIEW graphical system design software tools and training to eligible startups to help advance clean energy development in applications such as solar, wind and biofuel technology. The 2011 program has a special focus on technologies that improve the smart grid and provide the foundation for a clean energy future. "With only three employees, we work hard to develop clean energy solutions for people in developing nations," says Matt Bennett, vice president of research and development for Wind lift, a startup company that develops mobile airborne wind energy systems, including onboard energy storage for mobile micro grids in post-conflict reconstruction and disaster relief. "The NI Green Engineering Grant gave us the tools to facilitate rapid development of our technology, helping us to progress from concept to prototype in just eight months. Also, the same hardware and software will carry through the entire technology development process, providing a smooth transition when we are ready to enter production." To date, the NI Green Engineering Grant program has delivered NI software and training to more than 40 startups and small companies working on a variety of revolutionary renewable energy applications. The following examples demonstrate how past grant recipients are using NI tools in their renewable energy solutions: Powering remote villages with portable airborne wind technology Producing quality transportation fuels from inedible plants Generating electricity by harnessing ocean thermal energy Because smart grid technology is a foundation for renewable energy innovation, the company will host, on April 19-21, an interactive Earth Week webcast series about smart grid technologies and the 2011 Green Engineering Grant program. The three-part series examines the rapidly changing landscape of clean energy, smart grid and energy storage technologies. It also features presentations from past grant recipients and other technical demonstrations that show how NI technology can help engineers develop and speed the adoption of renewable energy systems. Readers can register for the webcast and learn more about the 2011 NI Green Engineering Grant program by visiting http://www.ni.com/ greengrant. AUGUSTA TECHNOLOGIE ACQUIRES LMI TECHNOLOGIES VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA - LMI Technologies, a 3-D laser measurement sensors for industrial measurement and control applications company, has sold 100% of its shares to join Augusta Technologie AG - a publicly listed German sensor and vision technology company. As a result of this acquisition, LMI will become part of a larger worldwide company in the field of digital imaging technologies. Augusta is located in Munich, Germany, and focuses on two market segments: sensors and vision."LMI is a perfect fi t to our vision activities and will give us access to the rapidly growing 3-D market," says Amnon Harman, CEO of AUGUSTA Technologie AG. "Combining LMI's strength in 3-D with our leading market position in digital machine vision cameras will offer multiple benefits and a much broader product offering for the combined customer base worldwide." Augusta's mission is to further increase its presence in existing and new growth markets - regional and product-related - within the vision industry. LMI's innovative technology and culture offers entry into the growing 3-D market and further regional expansion, especially into North America. ACOUSTICEYE WINS TOP HONORS AT MAINTENANCE XIII INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS LEUSDEN, THE NETHERLANDS- Acoustic Eye's Daniel Bobrow won the first-place award for Engineering Maintenance at the Maintenance XIII International Congress, held April 6-8 in Bogota, Colombia. A jury awarded the top honors to Bobrow for his paper, Implementation of Acoustic Pulse Reflectometry (APR) to Quality Control of Heat Exchanger Cleaning. Fifteen speakers from Cuba, Ecuador, United States, Israel, Peru, Venezuela, Netherlands and Colombia shared their experiences in the field of maintenance to Congress attendees. The top three papers were awarded prizes. Daniel Bobrow won a trip to the Congress of the Brazilian Association of Maintenance, to be held in September 2011.
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