Power Technology Expands US Machine Vision Laser Manufacturing Capabilities LITTLE ROCK, AR—Power Technology, Inc. (PTI) announced that it is expanding its US production capabilities for machine vision laser modules in direct response to the Thailand flooding. PTI plans to add experienced design engineers and production personnel. In addition, laser diode inventories have been expanded to support affected customers. Unknown to many customers, a large percentage of Machine Vision laser modules and diode pumped solid state lasers are manufactured in Bangkok, Thailand by contract manufacturers. Those manufacturers are now reporting 3.5 feet of water in their factories. Thai government officials project that the flood waters will not recede for six weeks. Disruptions in the supply chain are partially due to the fact that up to 650,000 employees can’t make it to work. For the last 40 years, PTI’s laser designs have supported Fortune 500 and other companies in the biomedical, semiconductor, industrial, defense & security markets and are bringing US design and manufacturing capabilities to the machine vision and inspection industry. Those applications include laser modules designed for 3-D profiling and mapping, dimensional scanning, high-speed road and rail inspection, Web inspection, fluorescence, and illumination. SHUTTLEPIX WINS DESIGN AWARD FROM JAPAN INSTITUTE OF DESIGN PROMOTION BRIGHTON, MI—Nikon Metrology’s Shuttlepix Digital Microscope has been awarded the Good Design Award 2011 organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion. The Good Design Award is a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design organized by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). This award system was originally established in 1957, out of the belief that design was essential in breaking out of the cycle of poverty in Japan. Since then, the Good Design Award has been given to outstanding designs for more than 50 years in the pursuit of industrial development.Approximately 37,000 Good Design Awards have been given in continuing these efforts. JDP receives approximately 3,000 submissions from more than 1,000 companies and designers from inside / outside of Japan every year. These designs are screened by about 60 design experts, who select and recommend those designs worthy of the Good Design Awards. However, the Good Design Awards is not a beauty contest, nor is it an award that assesses the design’s outcome in economic terms. Rather, the Good Design Awards is a system that aims to channel the eminent powers of distinctive designs to build prosperous lives and encourage sound industrial development.It is a campaign to brighten and enrich society through design. AIA SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CHINA MACHINE VISION UNION ANN ARBOR, MI—The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Machine Vision Union (CMVU), a recentlyformed trade association representing machine vision in China. “We are very excited to be collaborating with CMVU in our mutual efforts to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies,” says Jeff Burnstein, president of AIA. The agreement outlines a wide range of activities on which the two associations will collaborate including an exchange of market data, mutual support for trade shows and technical conferences, and promotion of member companies. “We plan to build upon our initial areas of cooperation within the next year as CMVU grows and accelerates its activities,” says Burnstein.“Having experienced the difficulties of starting AIA back in 1984 with only a handful of member companies, I know how challenging it is to build a strong trade group. I’ve pledged the support of myself and the AIA staff to help CMVU in any way we can.” Burnstein signed the agreement on behalf of AIA, while Dr. Ding Shaohua, Chairman of the Board of CMVU, signed for the Chinese trade group. The signing ceremony took place on October 26 in Beijing during the Vision China trade show and conference. During the conference, Burnstein gave a talk on the growing importance of machine vision, which focused on leading applications and future opportunities for vision in a wide-range of industries. MICROSCAN RECEIVES 100TH U. S. PATENT RENTON, WA—Microscan announces that it recently received its 100th U.S. patent, marking a significant milestone in the company’s history as a pioneer in barcode, machine vision and machine vision lighting technologies. Since its start in 1982, the company has had a strong tradition of innovation that includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner (U.S. 4,855,581) and the industry-standard 2D symbology, Data Matrix (U.S. 4,939,354). The 100th patent (U.S. 8,000,594) protects Microscan’s innovative dome light used in its Mobile Hawk handheld reader, which gives the imager its best-inclass read performance on direct part marks. With the growing need for item-level traceability in many industries, companies are increasingly adding 1D or 2D barcodes on their products using a direct marking method such as inkjet, dot-peen, or laser marking. Robust decode Algorithms plus the Mobile Hawk’s powerful lighting technology make it ideal for reading these low-contrast, reflective, or otherwise hardto- read marks. “Microscan continues to focus on simple, precise technology to meet complex needs in industries as diverse as packaging, life sciences and electronics,” says Bruce Scharf, vice president of engineering. “We are now at the 100-patent milestone and our engineers have not slowed down development of straightforward solutions for complex barcode, machine vision and machine vision lighting applications.” For more information about Microscan’s comprehensive line of barcode, machine vision, and machine vision lighting products, visit the company’s website at www.microscan.com. LMI TECHNOLOGIES’ 3-D SMART SENSORS FINDS THREE NEW DISTRIBUTORS VANCOUVER, CANADA—LMI Technologies has signed Cadence Automation, Advanced Control Solutions and Parameter AB as Gocator distributors. Companies in Quebec, the southern United States, and Scandinavia looking to improve their factory automation processes will now have access to LMI Technologies’ Gocator family of 3-D laser measurement sensors. “There is a growing shift towards 3-D measurement in Quebec,” says Marc-Andre Laurin, sales manager at Cadence. “We are seeing an increasing demand for flexible 3-D measurement sensors that are easy to use.” As a strong product entry into the burgeoning Quebec, southern United States and Scandinavian markets, these newly signed agreements hold substantial market potential for Gocator 3-D smart sensors. With the manufacturing sectors pushing economic growth in all three regions, LMI and its new distributors are expecting a large volume of initial interest in Gocator.
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