QMT Features: October 2011
Vision 2011
Vision 2011 exhibition, being held in Stuttgart, Germany 8-10th November promises to be geared more than ever towards endusers.

"All indications are that this year’s VISION will surpass the record from 2010, with over 300 exhibitors, of whom more than 40 per come from abroad,” said Florian Niethammer, project manager for the exhibition.  Exhibitors will  cover innovations across a broad range of vision technology, including cameras, vision sensors, frame grabbers, software tools, illumination systems, lenses, accessories, complete systems, innovative application solutions and services.

VISION 2011, International Trade Fair for Machine Vision (MV), will be geared more than ever before towards users with an Integration Area - an exhibition platform specifically for systems integrators, - and live demonstrations in the Application Park. There is also a VISION Academy,  the user-oriented training forum,  which takes place during VISION 2011.

VISION 2011 will also again feature an International Pavilion for first-time exhibitors from abroad, a group stand funded by the German Ministry of Economics (BMWi) for innovative young enterprises from Germany and the presentation of the 19th VISION Award for outstanding achievements in machine vision.

In addition to the innovative trade fair, visitors  can look forward to an extensive advanced training programme on all three days. The Industrial Vision Days will be the leading event in this respect. Representatives from the machine vision industry will give talks on current topics from machine vision practice. The Industrial Vision Days are again being organised by the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) Machine Vision Group. The programme includes topics such as 3-D in medical technology, parallel computing in machine vision, the advantages of the latest data interfaces, e.g. USB 3.0, CameraLink HS and 10 GigE Vision, and much more besides.

Medical applications
The machine vision industry is also opening up more and more application areas in the non-industrial sector. VISION 2011 will examine this trend and focus for the first time on medical technology. The range of applications in medical technology and the inventiveness of the innovations appear immeasurable: mini-cameras for endoscopies or minimally invasive surgery, scanners to improve the quality of dentures, skin scanners to identify skin cancer, sensitive digital cameras to analyse the retina in ophthalmology, movement analyses in sports medicine and orthopaedics, robot-aided operations, simulation of cosmetic improvements, monitoring and documentation of operations, as well as machine vision systems to support medical training are just some of the numerous examples.

A Medical Discovery Tour will indicate, by means of a special logo, exhibitors’ stands that are offering machine vision products, solutions or services for medical technology. “One frequent machine vision task in medical applications is non-contact optical tracking of movements as a man-machine interface. In addition to precision and speed, stability and reliability are the decisive factors here”, said Thomas Ruf, head of R&D at VRmagic Imaging. The company has developed Eyesi, an eye surgery simulator, which can be used by trainee eye surgeons as a training aid for operations without any risk for patients. (See iQMT video on this application at  our website: www.qmtmag.com)

During a special show, entitled "Interface standards brought to life", visitors to the trade fair will also have the opportunity to talk directly to developers and see standards being used. This special show has been initiated in cooperation with the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) and the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA). An Expert Panel will take place on the second day of the trade fair as part of the Industrial Vision Days. The topic to be discussed is entitled; "The future of machine vision. Going embedded".

The market for vision sensors has developed rapidly in the last few years. Compact and robust, they are becoming increasingly more intelligent, and can be implemented without too much know-how. Cognex has extended the range of applications of its Checker vision sensors right on time for VISION 2011. This involves the clock speeds during parts presence checks, completeness checks and dimensional checks, but also simplified installation and programming. The new Checker 4G is now also available with coloured illumination and polarisation options.

During VISION 2011, Schott will open up new prospects for wafer inspection with the MORITEX IR MEMS Inspector. Wafers can be fully inspected in one operation internally and on the surface at the macro and micro level. Since silicon wafers can be fully transilluminated with infrared (IR) light, the IR MEMS Inspector is used primarily for bonded wafers, for example in MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) and semiconductor production..            



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