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Jan. 15, 2020 | No 1

Welcome to 2020 I don't know how you are doing, but we are looking forward to the new year: in which direction will the economy continue to move, which machine vision companies will be the next to be affected by the wave of acquisitions and which new trends will determine the (technical) discussions alongside AI? By Vision 2020 (10 to 12 November) at the latest, we will know more to draw a first conclusion of the year 2020 in Stuttgart. Until then, we will present the most interesting news from machine vision and 3D metrology on a weekly basis so that you can get a picture of the current situation for yourself.

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Dr.-Ing. Peter Ebert, Chief Editor inVISION


Image: Gidel Ltd.

Image: Gidel Ltd.

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Acceleration of FPGA and ASIC Development and Validation

The developer's kit CertifEye is a development, debug, and validation solution. It provides developers with infrastructure that injects known images and videos into FPGA/ASIC processing (IP) or an ISP pipeline under test, process them in FPGAs in near or real time, and return results back to the host.

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Image: EMVA European Machine Vision Association

Change in EMVA Presidency

The EMVA announced that Dr. Chris Yates (l.) will adopt the role of President of the EMVA effective from the 1st January 2020. Chris will succeed Jochem Herrmann (r.), the current President of the EMVA, who has held the role since 2015 and now decided to step down to be able to spend more time with his family. According to the association statutes, the decision to elect the new President was agreed by the Board of Directors of the EMVA during a recent board meeting in Berlin where Chris Yates was elected unanimously. Yates is the Director of Advanced Technology within the Safety, Sensing, & Connectivity business of Rockwell Automation, having previously been the CEO and founder of Odos Imaging prior to the company's acquisition by Rockwell Automation during 2017.

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Image: ©Lukas Gojda/stock.adobe.com / TeDo Verlag GmbH

More than 1,000 inVISION LinkedIn Followers

Shortly before the turn of the year it happened. Less than 3.5 months after the 'inVISION News' corporate site was launched on LinkedIn, it already had more than 1,000 followers. News, products and technical articles from the fields of image processing and measurement technology are posted there daily.

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Image: VDMA e.V.

Image: VDMA e.V.

Declining Numbers in German Mechanical Engineering

In November 2019, order intake in the mechanical engineering sector in Germany fell by 15% in real terms compared with the previous year. While orders from domestic customers fell by 15%, foreign customers ordered 14% fewer machines. Orders from the euro partner countries fell by 11%, while non-euro countries posted a 16% drop in orders.

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Image: Isra Vision AG

Image: Isra Vision AG

Isra Vision grows by 1%

Isra Vision AG has published its audited but not yet certified figures for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Revenues for the past fiscal year grew in the low single-digit range (+1%) and amounted to €153.9m (FY 17/18: €152.5m). EBITDA increased by 6% to €52.0m (FY 17/18: €49.0m), with the EBITDA margin growing to 34% of revenues and 30% of total output. The operating cash flow for the fiscal year 2018/2019 increases to €33.3m (FY 17/18: €25.6m), the net cash flow rises to €5.2m after investments of €10.3m for the acquisition of Photonfocus AG (FY 17/18: €5.0m).

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Image: Patrick Schwarzkopf

Image: Patrick Schwarzkopf

New IFR President

The robotics association IFR has elected Steven Wyatt (m.) as its new president. He succeeds Junji Tsuda, Yaskawa (l.), who had been in office since December 2017. Wyatt is Global Head of Portfolio and Digital for ABB's Robotics & Discrete Automation division. Prior to his election as IFR President, he served his predecessor as Vice President for two years. He is succeeded in this role by Milton Guerry (right). He heads the Schunk team in the USA and is a member of the Board of Directors of the RIA.

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New CEO at Schneider Optics Inc.

Effective December 16, 2019, Stuart Singer started as Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Optics Inc., the US subsidiary of Schneider-Kreuznach. Singer is responsible for the sustainable growth of Schneider Optics by reinforcing business and partnerships with current customers, developing new business and new opportunities for the years to come.

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Image: Isra Vision AG

Image: Isra Vision AG

New Product Manager at Isra Vision

As of January 2020, Dana Diezemann is the new strategic senior product manager at Isra Vision. With her many years of experience in the camera sector, she will be responsible for expanding the product portfolio of the recently acquired Photonfocus AG and Isra Sensor Systeme. The goal is to expand Isra Vision's sensor portfolio with embedded modules using Photonfocus' camera technology.

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Image: Fraunhofer IPA

New Management at Fraunhofer IPA

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation was given a new managing director in January 2020. After Prof. Thomas Bauernhansl had managed the third-largest Fraunhofer Institute on his own for years, he was most recently supported by Prof. Fritz Klocke from Aachen. On January 1, 2020, the IPA divisional director of resource-efficient production, Prof. Alexander Sauer (Picture), moved to the executive floor.

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Image: Pyramid Computer GmbH

Pyramid Computer goes North America

Pyramid Computer announced new North America operations, based in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Josef Schneider, CEO of Pyramid Computer GmbH in Germany, said: "We are thrilled to announce an experienced sales and leadership team to spearhead our Pyramid North America operations. This move allows us to finally become a real local partner for our clients in the United States."

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Image: Sick AG

Sick Opens Production Site in China

Sick is expanding its local production capacities in China. In the future, the German sensor manufacturer will also produce in Changzhou in eastern China, where it will focus on localized product manufacturing and customized system construction. The location was inaugurated on December 12 in the presence of 80 guests. The rented production area of 5,800m² will be used from 2020 to manufacture localized automation solutions primarily for the Chinese market. A further 5,500m² of development space is available for sustainable local site development.

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IniVation wins CES 2020 Award

IniVation has won the 'Best of Innovation' Award from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in the category Embedded Vision. The company won the award for the DVXplorer. Using an all-new custom-designed sensor from Samsung, the product is the world's first neuromorphic camera employing technologies suitable for mass-production applications. The DVXplorer includes a real-time sub-millisecond response latency and ultra-high dynamic range. The secret to the performance is a custom patented neuromorphic pixel design which emulates key aspects of the human retina.

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Image: Flir Systems GmbH

Image: Flir Systems GmbH

New Image Sensor Periodic Table

With so many CMOS and CCD sensors to choose from, it's difficult to keep track. Flir's new revised Image Sensor Periodic Table categorises over 130 sensors by resolution and speed, from classic CCDs to the latest CMOS technology or the Pregius S, Sony's 4th generation sensor, from under 1MP to 25MP resolution. The free poster can be downloaded under the following link without registration.

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Image: P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG

Image: P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG

EMVA Forum at Control 2020

In 2020, the European Machine Vision Association EMVA, together with the trade journal inVISION and the trade fair organiser P.E. Schall, will organise the Control Vision Talks - Forum for Optical Metrology and Machine Vision - for the fifth time at the Control fair (May 5 to 8, 2020, Stuttgart). You will have the opportunity to give a free 20-minute lecture on one of the following topics: a) 3D image processing, b) optical metrology, c) CT & X-ray or d) spectral imaging (from SWIR to hyperspectral). Please send your abstract (up to 2,000 characters) and the title of your presentation by email to vision-talks@emva.org. The deadline for submitting your abstract is 27 January 2020.

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Image: NürnbergMesse GmbH

Embedded Vision Arena at the Embedded World

The 'Embedded Vision Arena' with ten exhibitors (including Allied Vision, Basler, Framos, NET, The Imaging Source) will be held for the first time at Embedded World (25 to 27 February 2020, Nürnberg). In addition, there will be two Embedded Vision Sessions, each with five lectures (including Allied Vision, Intel, MVTec, Vision Components), which have been put together in cooperation with the VDMA, on Thursday (27 February) at the Embedded World Conference.

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Image: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH

Vision 2020: Machine Vision is Changing

From 10th to 12th November 2020 Vision will take place in Stuttgart for the 29th time. The world's leading trade fair for machine vision will then be characterised more than ever by the dynamic changes in the industry. For example, the TKH Group will present the combined potential of its brands Allied Vision, Chromasens, Mikrotron, NET, SVS-Vistek, Tattile and LMI for the first time. In addition, the acceptance of Machine Vision has increased significantly, as demonstrated by the first-time participation of B&R and Beckhoff. Currently, over 300 exhibitors have already booked their booth space. A total of about 500 exhibiting companies are expected. Machine vision startups will also be offered a special offer to provide a more attractive stage at Vision. Details of the new concept will be available shortly.

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Image: P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG

Image: P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG

Control 2020 with Focus on Machine Vision

The 34th Control - international trade fair for quality assurance - will take place from the 5 to 8 May 2020, and will then focus on the subject of machine vision in hall 8, where the European Machine Vision Association EMVA will also hold Control Vision Talks - forum for optical measuring technology and machine vision - for the fifth time together with trade magazine inVISION and trade fair promoter Schall. The subject areas of 3D image processing, optical metrology, computed tomography (CT) and X-rays, as well as spectral imaging will occupy a prominent position in hall 8, and will cover both basic principles and new technologies.

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Image: Fujifilm Corporation / Hitachi, Ltd.

Image: Fujifilm Corporation / Hitachi, Ltd.

Fujifilm to Acquire Hitachi's Diagnostic Imaging Business

Fujifilm announced that it has entered into an agreement with Hitachi to acquire Hitachi's Diagnostic Imaging-related Business to further expand its Healthcare business. Prior to the acquisition, Hitachi will establish a company and implement an absorption-type company split whereby the new company will absorb the Imaging-related business. Under the share purchase agreement between Fujifilm and Hitachi signed today, Fujifilm will acquire all the outstanding shares of the new company from Hitachi. The purchase price is expected to be approximately JPY179bn (USD1.65bn).

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Image: Rebellion Photonics Inc.

Image: Rebellion Photonics Inc.

Honeywell Acquires Rebellion Photonics

Honeywell announced that it has acquired Rebellion Photonics, a Houston-based provider of intelligent, visual gas monitoring solutions that maximize safety, operational performance, emissions mitigation and compliance in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power industries. Rebellion offers the industry's only real-time monitoring platform that visually identifies and quantifies gas releases to quickly detect and analyze leaks and keep workers safe.

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Image: Geopraevent AG

Image: Geopraevent AG

Geopraevent Becomes Part of Hexagon

Hexagon acquired Geopraevent as of January 1. Geopraevent will continue to operate as an independent company under its current management. The Swiss company develops avalanche radars with image algorithms for the automatic detection of surface deformations using high-resolution photos or radar detection of millimetre deformations over a distance of several kilometres in mostly high alpine environments.

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Image: Oculii Corp

Hella and Oculii Start Radar Partnership

Hella and Oculii, developers in the field of advanced software solutions for radar technology, have entered into a strategic partnership. The partnership will provide radar sensing and perception solutions for level 2/3 ADAS and automated driving (AD) based on Oculii's Virtual Aperture Imaging software technology.

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Dissolution Schwab Inspection

The developer of control systems for Blu-Ray production, Dr. Schwab Inspection from Aichach, has been dissolved. Owner Grenzebach takes over part of the workforce. The reason given is the sharp decline in the core business of inspection systems.

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Image: SWIR Vision Systems

SWIR Vision Systems raises USD1.01m

High definition camera manufacturer SWIR Vision Systems has raised USD1.01m in debt. Founded in 2018, SWIR Vision Systems is a spin out venture company for RTI International, and specializes in commercial applications of infrared camera technology for the industrial machine vision, security systems, agricultural, automotive global markets.

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Image: Stradvision Inc.

Image: Stradvision Inc.

Stradvision Raises USD27m for ADAS Systems

Stradvision, a developer in vision processing technology for Autonomous Vehicles, has announced it raised USD27m in its Series B funding round. This round brings total funding to USD40m. Stradvision's efforts are based on its SVNet Deep Learning-based software, which enables high-level perception abilities including: Lane Detection, Traffic Light & Sign Detection/Recognition, Object Detection and Free Space Detection.

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Image: Vision Ventures GmbH & Co. KG

Image: Vision Ventures GmbH & Co. KG

Performance Overview of Public Vision Companies

Vision Ventures beobachtet die Performance börsennotierter Vision Firmen. So stieg die Marktkapitalisierung von Optex Systems EV um 28,6% bei einem Umsatzplus von 3,4%. Diese und weitere Börsendaten vom 6. Januar finden Sie unter dem Link.

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