Machine Vision technology at Automate 2011

Machine vision applications, solutions are just some highlights at Automate 2011


Machine vision, a Automate 2011critical automation technology used for inspection, part tracking, robot guidance and process control among other applications, will be featured at Automate 2011 at McCormick Place in Chicago, March 21-24, 2011.

“Advances in machine vision have played an important role in helping companies achieve improved product quality in industries such as food & beverage, semiconductors, electronics, automotive and pharmaceuticals for decades,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), the industry’s trade group.

“In recent years the technology has expanded into a wide variety of non-manufacturing industries such as security, lab automation, medical imaging, defense, and entertainment, which is why we’re seeing rapid growth on a global basis,” Burnstein added.

Automate 2011Another area where machine vision is making inroads is warehousing and distribution. Solutions for these industries will be explored at Automate because the event is collocated with ProMat 2011, the leading show for the materials handling and logistics industries.

Leading machine vision companies from around the world will exhibit at Automate 2011, showcasing their newest products. Among the exhibitors showing vision are Adimec, Advanced illumination, Basler Vision Technologies, CCS America, Edmund Optics, FLIR, The Imaging Source, JAI, Keyence, LMI Technologies, Matrox Imaging, MVTec, National Instruments, PPT Vision, Point Grey, Resonon, Schneider Optics, Spectrum Illumination, Teledayne DALSA, Toshiba Teli, Vision Components, and Z-Laser America.

System integrators will demonstrate how these products are incorporated into complete automation solutions. “Customers are looking for solutions, which is why you’ll see a pavilion dedicated to complete solutions right at the front of the show,” Burnstein noted.

Leading integrators in the pavilion showing vision will include ATS Automation, Cyth Systems, Decision Technology, Dunkley International, Phoenix Imaging and Sensor Control.

The Automate 2011 Conference provides several sessions designed to teach customers how to successfully apply vision. Additionally, there are basic and advanced courses that users and suppliers can take to earn AIA’s Certified Vision Professional designation.

“The Certified Vision Professional designation is becoming an important credential for individuals involved in developing vision solutions,” Burnstein explained. “Users and suppliers want to have their key people trained on the basic elements as well as the more advanced techniques. The Automate 2011 event is the first time we’re offering the advanced level courses and test and we look forward to further expansion of the CVP program in the future.” Burnstein said a special booth at Automate 2011 will focus on the CVP program as well as a new initiative aimed at certifying machine vision and robotics integrators at the company level.

Burnstein said advanced vision is also a key element of the Robonaut 2, the first human-like robot that recently was launched into space. This new development from NASA and General Motors will be featured in a special keynote on Tuesday, March 22 at Automate 2011.

Machine Vision Online

- Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering,

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Safety for 18 years, warehouse maintenance tips, Ethernet and the IIoT, GAMS 2016 recap
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Safety at every angle, Big Data's impact on operations, bridging the skills gap
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me