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Apr. 22, 2020 | No 15

Covid-19 and Industry 4.0 An interesting side effect of the Corona crisis is that companies are increasingly addressing the topic of Industry 4.0. This does not (only) refer to the numerous daily video conferences, but also to the fact that at present it certainly makes sense to have a digital twin of your own production processes in order to be able to better observe and optimize one's plant from a distance. Unfortunately, this worldwide pandemic has impressively shown us how quickly one can be excluded from one's own local incidents. Of course, machine vision, which is indispensable for such optimization processes, is always part of the picture.

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Dr.-Ing. Peter Ebert, Chief Editor inVISION


Image: Optotune AG

Image: Optotune AG

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12mm Liquid Lens for 1.1" Sensors

Optotune and VS Technology present the first wide-angle liquid lens solution for high resolution 1.1" sensors. With the ability to focus from 100mm to infinity in 20ms, the new 12mm lens is a very reliable and fast focusing solution for today's logistics and robotics applications.

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Image: TeDo Verlag GmbH

April Issue of inVISION Online

Issue 2/20 (April) of the trade journal inVISION has been published. This time the 100-page issue focuses on AI & image processing, lenses & illumination, metrology, CAQ and spectral imaging (CT, hyperspectral imaging, thermography...) The cover story deals with the topic 'Deep Learning for industrial CT'. The PDF of the complete issue can be downloaded free of charge on ...

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Image: IFM Electronic GmbH

IFM Reaches 1 Billion in Revenues

With consolidated revenues of EUR 1.0 billion, IFM Electronic reached the magic threshold for the first time in its 50-year history. At the end of 2019, growth over the previous year was 5.5% overall. North and South America as well as China contributed particularly to the increase in sales. The significant downturn in the automotive business and mechanical engineering was cushioned by growth in the food industry and mobile machinery. Preliminary earnings (EBIT) are at a solid level of 5.6% (previous year 7.7%).

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

InVISION reaches 2,000 LinkedIn Followers

The LinkedIn channel of inVISION News now has more than 2,000 followers. Users can find daily industry news, product news and technical articles on image processing, embedded vision & AI and 3D metrology.

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Image: ©archipoch, ©scusi/adobe.stock.com / TeDo Verlag GmbH

Virtual inVISION Show from TeDo Verlag

TeDo Verlag is organising the virtual industry show on the topics of automation, robotics, industrial IoT etc. from May 4, 2020. On May 19, the virtual inVISION Show of the trade journal inVISION will also have its premiere as part of the Industry Show. This will give users and suppliers from the fields of machine vision and measurement technology the opportunity to exchange ideas virtually despite the cancelled trade fairs. Interested visitors will be given free access to the virtual trade fair without registration. Interested exhibitors can contact Mr Daniel Katzer (dkatzer@invision-news.de).

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Image: VDMA, Blitzumfragen zum Coronavirus, März/April 2020

Image: VDMA, Blitzumfragen zum Coronavirus, März/April 2020

Corona Pandemic Hits Mechanical Engineering Increasingly Hard

The situation in the mechanical engineering industry has worsened further due to the consequences of the Corona pandemic. At the end of March, 84% of the member companies surveyed by the VDMA were already reporting adverse effects, and this figure has since risen to 89% (mid-April). In addition, the relative shift in problems has continued: towards demand-side disruptions, i.e. order losses or cancellations. More than 90% of mechanical engineering companies reported supply-side or demand-side disruptions from Europe. On the demand side there are also high failures from the USA (47%). In China, on the other hand, the situation appears to be stabilizing.

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Image: EvoTegra GmbH

Video: Social Distancing and AI

Demonstration of AI based social distancing monitoring for retail stores by Evotegra. The system is designed to support retail to efficiently implement and optimize current requirements like social distancing, mask usage, sanitation and customer limits.

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Image: Toshiba Teli Corporation

Multipix Distributes Toshiba Teli

Multipix announce a new distribution agreement with Toshiba Teli. Multipix now offers Toshiba cameras including the Teli IP Core with FPGA hardware that allows the camera to respond faster than standard MV cameras.

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Image: Pleora Technologies Inc.

Partnership Pleora and Neurocle

Pleora Technologies and Neurocle announced a technology partnership. With the Pleora AI Gateway and Inspection Plug-in, end-users and integrators can deploy machine learning visual inspection capabilities without any additional programming. Images and data are simply uploaded to Neurocle's Neuro-T, deep learning vision software which supports a unique 'Auto Deep Learning' technology with predefined parameters optimized for the Nvidia GPU in Pleora's AI Gateway.

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Image: Portwell, Inc. / Engicam s.r.l

Cooperation Portwell and Engicam

Portwell Europe and Engicam have announced a cooperation. With this cooperation, Portwell expands its range of ARM-based products - from standard smart modules to SODIMM and MicroSOM, with the latest ARM processor generations from NXP, STM, Rockchip or Renesas.

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Image: Antares Vision S.r.l.

Image: Antares Vision S.r.l.

Antares Founds German Subsidiary

The Board of Directors of Antares Vision has approved the opening of a new subsidiary in Germany. This decision has been taken as Germany ranks third among the top-selling markets in Europe, after Russia (2nd) and Italy (1st). Last year, the sales volume in Germany accounted for approximately 9% of the worldwide turnover.

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Image: Japan Industrial Imaging Association

CoaXPress White Papers

The CoaXPress Working Group has released the document 'Optical Interface Guideline for CXP V.1.0' which provides solutions for the needs to apply CXP to environments exposed to extremely long distances or harsh electrical noise environments. It summarizes how to use CXP on optical fiber instead of coaxial cable. Furthermore, the CXP WG has released the white paper 'CoaXPress Connector Guidance V1.0'. HD BNC / MicroBNC connectors has been added to the CoaXPress2.0 standard as a high-speed transfer connector of 10Gbps or more. The guide explains the guidelines for connector selection for development. Both documents can be downloaded on the JIIA homepage.

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Image: Xilinx Inc.

Xilinx Appoints New CFO

Xilinx announced it has appointed Brice Hill to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately. Hill will be responsible for all aspects of the financial management of Xilinx and, as a key member of the executive management team, he will add substantial financial expertise and leadership to the company's transformation to adaptable platforms and sustained growth.

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Image: Cross-Cluster-Initiative Thüringen

Thuringian Networks Launch Corona Initiative

19 Thuringian networks and organisations have joined forces across all sectors to form the Cross-Cluster Initiative Thuringia (CCIT). Its goal is to collect comprehensive information and support opportunities for companies in Thuringia and make them available on a central platform. The initiative also aims to help pool companies' needs and work with regional value networks to find solutions for stabilizing production.

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Image: Kuka AG

Kuka Innovation Award 2021

Kuka invites researchers and developers as well as young entrepreneurs to apply for the Innovation Award 2021. Under the motto 'Artificial Intelligence Challenge' concepts around the topic of artificial intelligence are in demand. The deadine for entries is 21 June 2020 and the winning team will receive prize money of €20,000. A jury of experts will evaluate the concepts and select five finalists who will implement their ideas. In return, they will be provided with a robot for at least six months free of charge, as well as training and coaching.

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Image: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Image: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Forum Image Processing 2020

The Image Processing Forum will take place in Karlsruhe from November 26 to 27, 2020. The forum is organized by KIT and Fraunhofer IOSB. The aim of the conference is to report on current trends in image processing solutions and to contribute to the professional exchange between the participants. Proposals for lectures can still be submitted until May 31.

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Image: Dahl Automation GmbH

Dahl Automation Becomes Part of Hahn Group

At the end of March Dahl Automation became part of the Hahn Group. Dahl is an integrator for robot technology, cobots, as well as AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot) and AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) with currently 30 employees. With their expertise in robotics and intralogistics projects Dahl Automation extends the portfolio of the Hahn Group.

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Image: TTG Imaging Solutions, LLC

TTG Imaging Solutions Announces Several Acquisitions

TTG Imaging Solutions announced the acquisition of Nuclear Imaging Services (NIS) and its radiopharmacy, NISotopes, based in Houston, TX. NIS is a leading medical imaging equipment, parts, service, and staffing company with significant clinical aptitude. NISotopes is a unique cardiac-based radiopharmacy that offers both quality products and service in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Furthermore at the end of February TTG acquired Molecular Imaging Specialists (MIS), a medical imaging equipment and service provider based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Image: Shenzhen IntelliFusion Technology Co., Ltd.

Image: Shenzhen IntelliFusion Technology Co., Ltd.

Intellifusion Receives Funding

Intellifusion, which develops machine learning accelerators and is is famous for its jaywalker identification technology, has carried out a round of pre-IPO funding, taking home around USD141m. Founded in 2014, Intellifusion has become one of the most commercially successful Chinese AI startups.

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Image: VRmagic Holding AG

Image: VRmagic Holding AG

VRmagic Joins Haag-Streit Group

VRmagic and the Switzerland-based Haag-Streit Group signed an agreement on the acquisition of round 77% of VRmagic Holding AG shares. The acquisition follows a four-year long successful technology collaboration on the development of a simulator for slit lamp examinations, the Eyesi Slit Lamp. VRmagic is proud to expand Haag-Streit's product portfolio for ophthalmology in the key field of medical training. VRmagic's competencies in virtual reality technology and digital imaging will contribute to Haag-Streit's technology portfolio.

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