The Ten inVISION Top Innovations 2020

Once again this year, the trade journal inVISION, together with a jury of experts, has selected the inVISION Top Innovations in Machine Vision and Metrology. Enclosed you will find the ten award winners 2020 in alphabetical order.

Image: Emberion Oy

Affordable SWIR cameras

Emberion’s low-cost graphene-based VIS-SWIR photodetector combines light-absorbing nanomaterials and graphene converters to enable photodetection in a wide spectral range. The sensitivity range starts at 400nm and currently reaches up to 1,800nm, but will be extended in the future. The first product is a 512 pixel VIS-SWIR linear array sensor.

Emberion |

Image: Gestalt Robotics GmbH

Real-time learning object detection

Based on a neural network from Gestalt Robotics, highly flexible systems for incoming goods inspection and QA are set up. The user takes three to five photos with a tablet or smartphone of a new object and a few seconds later the system is able to recognize the object. Once the AI has detected an object in the image, the object can also be measured metrically.

Shape Robotics |

Image: Hacarus Inc

Sparse Modelling

Hacarus’ AI based on sparse modelling requires only a small set of data as it focuses on the identification of unique features. Tests have shown that sparse modeling consumes only 1% of the energy of a conventional deep learning platform with the same accuracy and significantly less training time. It is therefore the perfect AI technology for embedded systems.

Hacarus |

Image: HD Vision Systems

Light field sensors for robotics

The LumiScanX from HD Vision is based on light field sensor technology and thirteen cameras. Even in ambient light the system can be used without additional lighting. Measurement distances/volumes can be varied. Optimal results are achieved with a measuring volume of 20 to 120cm edge length. The technology shows its advantages especially with glossy surfaces and fibre composites.

HD Vision System |

Image: Inspekto

Autonomous vision system

The S70 from Inspekto is a completely autonomous vision system where the user does not need any machine vision knowledge. The entire set-up process is completed in just under 30 minutes. The user aligns a test pattern in the field of view and marks the ROI. The AI then automatically adjusts the illumination and camera parameters to the respective environmental conditions.

Inspecto |

Image: LMI Technologies GmbH

3D on glass and reflective surfaces

The Gocator 2512 line profile sensor from LMI is a 3D solution for scanning glass and other reflective surfaces. It is able to scan both reflective and diffuse surfaces simultaneously. The system provides high-resolution height/width data down to 8µm to identify and inspect surface edges/distances of matched components.

LMI Technologies |

Image: Precitec Optronik GmbH

Inline topography and layer thickness measurement

The Flying Spot Scanner from Precitec Optronik combines OCT and scanner technology for very fast inline measurement tasks. The scanner makes it possible to reduce cycle times for measurements of layer thickness and topography to a minimum. Even with complete surface scans, the mirrors in the measuring head show their speed advantage and lead to a significant reduction of the measuring time.

Precitec Optronics |

Image: The Imaging Source
Europe GmbH

MIPI modules with 15m cable length

Up to now, MIPI/CSI-2 modules were assumed to have a cable length of only 30cm. However, thanks to FPD-Link III Bridge, the new MIPI/CSI-2 camera modules from The Imaging Source allow cable lengths of up to 15m with simultaneous data transmission, control channels and power supply via a single coaxial cable. System solutions based on embedded platforms such as Nvidia Jetson TX2 are already available.

The Imaging Source |

Image: tofmotion GmbH

ToF with safety approval

The Time-of-Flight camera Spotguard from tofmotion allows a safe room surveillance. The product detects objects entering hazardous areas in real time and performs predefined security functions to minimize identified hazards. The 3D cameras are certified and approved according to EN13849 (Performance Level D) and EN62061 (SIL 2, Cat.) for a working range of 0.05 to 10m.

tofmotion |

Image: wenglor sensoric GmbH

One software for 2D and 3D vision

Until now, almost every camera or sensor has required its own software, with increasing functionality. With uniVision 2.1, wenglor has now developed a parameterizable software that is compatible with all vision components, from 2D/3D profile sensors to intelligent cameras and vision systems. The vision software is easy to use even without programming knowledge.

wenglor |

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