JAI Cameras Added to PPT VISION’s Embedded System SAN JOSE, CA —JAI has announced a strategic partnership with PPT VISION Inc. of Minneapolis, MN, to provide high-performance camera technology for integration into PPT VISION’s M-Series embedded machine vision line. Under the arrangement, JAI will initially provide a UV-sensitive camera and a remote-head camera to enable PPT VISION to expand the applicability of the M-Series line to a variety of specialized applications. Additional JAI cameras may be incorporated at a future date. The 1.4-megapixel, 16 fps ultraviolet camera selected by PPT VISION utilizes the shorter wavelengths of ultraviolet light to “see” smaller surface details or to image items that radiate light below the visible spectrum. These capabilities make the cameras ideal for semiconductor inspection, biomedical analysis and other sophisticated applications. Also being added to PPT VISION’s M-Series line is one of JAI’s high-speed remotehead cameras. The camera is designed for applications involving limited space and/ or high-speed repetitive motion, such as pick-and-place machines, pipe inspection, or other industrial endoscopy tasks. NEWPORT CORP. TO ACQUIRE OPHIR OPTRONICS IRVINE, CA—Newport Corp. has signed an agreement to acquire Ophir Optronics Ltd. (“Ophir”), a global precision infrared optics, photonics instrumentation and 3-D noncontact measurement equipment company. The consideration to be paid by Newport is $8.43 per share, or a total of approximately $230 million in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2011, subject to receiving required regulatory approvals, the approval of Ophir’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions. Newport expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to its earnings following the closing. Ophir is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel, with manufacturing operations in Israel and the United States, and sales offi ces in the states, Japan and Europe. Its shares arepublicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “OPIR”. For the 12 month period ended March 31, 2011, Ophir had revenue of $111.8 million and operating income of $12.5 million. For its fi rst quarter ended March 31, 2011, Ophir reported revenue of $30.2 million and operating income of $3.9 million. Over the fi ve year period from 2006 to 2010, Ophir’s compound annual growth rate in revenue was approximately 19%. For fi scal year 2010, approximately 48% of its sales were to customers in the U.S., 34% to customers in Israel and Europe, and 18% to customers in Asia. The company has approximately 650 employees worldwide. The acquisition will be completed through a merger of Ophir with a newly formed subsidiary of Newport, with Ophir becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Newport following the closing ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES EXPANDS AHRENSBURG LOCATION AHRENSBURG, GERMANY— Allied Vision Technologies is expanding its research and design (R&D) center in Ahrensburg near Hamburg. Beginning August 2011, the camera manufacturer’s branch location will occupy the entire fi rst upper fl oor of the City Center Ahrensburg (CCA) at Klaus-Groth- Straße 1. This will open up an additional 100 1,080 square feet of space for offi ces and laboratories. The additional space is urgently needed. The worldwide market for digital cameras for industrial and scientifi c applications is booming, and Allied Vision Technologies (AVT) is further expanding its position as one of its leading manufacturers.Despite a minimal drop in demand during the crisis year of 2009, in 2010 the company posted an increase in sales of just more than 60% compared to the previous year. For AVT’s engineers and technicians, that means more projects and more product and software development.Due to increased demand, several new colleagues were hired over the past few months and more qualifi ed personnel are still being sough BOULDER IMAGING APPOINTS SENIOR OPTICAL SOLUTIONS ENGINEER BOULDER, CO––Boulder Imaging, a quality inspection, machine vision and high-speed imaging solutions company, announced that Neil Vanasse has joined the company as a senior optical solutions engineer. Vanasse is an optical and mechanical engineer with more than 15 years of experience. Vanasse will be designing imaging solutions around the company’s fl agship product lines Vision Inspectort Intelligent Machine Vision and Quazar High Performance Digital Video Recorder (HPDVR). Vanasse previously held the position of optical/mechanical engineer at Rocky Mountain Instruments working on design, analysis, and testing of ultraviolet, visible and infrared optical systems. He was employed for nine years with Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies where he designed, assembled and tested optical/LADAR systems along with a variety of laser and thermalelectric technologies. MATROX CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY MONTREAL, CANADA—With the introduction of Matrox’s fi rst product Video RAM (a specialized video display device for fi rst-generation microcomputers) in 1976, cofounders Branko Matic and Lorne Trottier launched a company that has continued to develop throughout The past 35 years. The company’s three divisions: Matrox Graphics, Matrox Imaging, and Matrox Video—now provide specialized hardware and software solutions for use in an array of professional markets, including media and entertainment, fi nance, digital signage and medical imaging. CANNATA JOINS BAUMER AS FIELD SALES ENGINEER Southington, CT—Michael Cannata has joined Baumer Ltd. As a Field Sales Engineer. In his new position, Cannata will oversee product sales for the company’s sensor and motion lines in the Ohio/Michigan region. Cannata brings to his new position more than 20 years of sales experience in the automation, motion and safety controls markets.Prior to joining Baumer, he held sales management positions with Phoenix Contact, Pilz Automation Safety, Yaskawa and Rockwell Automation. Cannata has worked extensively with customers in the automotive, tire/rubber processing, packaging, and food/beverage processing industries. MVTEC EXPANDS MARKETING ACTIVITIES IN AUSTRALIA BeginningJune 2011, the distribution of MVTec machine vision software products in Australia and New Zealand will additionally performed by Adept Turnkey Pty Ltd. Besides the distribution of HALCON and ActivVisionTools, Adept will also provide high-level technical support for these software products. “As products that facilitate advanced vision solutions, MVTec’s HALCON and ActivVisionTools are a very good fi t to Adept’s current software product offerings and for its customers,” declares Marc Fimeri, Adept’s CEO. “We are excited about the advanced tools, performance and hardware independence HALCON provides and believe that the capabilities of the software will allow our customers to tackle vision applications in newAnd unique ways. Additionally, the software development environment is exceptional: It comes with extensive source code examples and a detailed documentation.” “Adept Turnkey Pty Ltd provides a powerful sales team which penetrates their market in an outstanding effective way,” says Dr. Olaf Munkelt, MVTec’s managing director.“More than that, Adept comes with a strong technical department and fully understands machine vision technology and industry.”
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