Every Friday we give you a snap shot of the week’s machine vision news; some we’re covered, some we’re about to cover and some we just don’t want you to miss.
Scorpion Vision kicked the week off with news that it has become the become the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland of the Hikvision machine vision product range.
Also, check out this interesting report from Hampleton Partners, an international mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory firm for technology companies. They reckon that technology M&A activity has cooled down in the first half, but they suggest we look deeper and consider the nuances. The firm issued 11 technology M&A market reports for 2H 2017 in the key business segments of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), automotive technology, cybersecurity, digital marketing, e-commerce, enterprise software, financial technology, internet of things (IoT), IT services, and SaaS & cloud services.
Hyperspectral imaging is all the rage at the moment and a pioneer in the field, Specim Imaging, which is based in Oulu, Finland, has received a €3.5m investment from Bocap SME Achievers Fund II Ky.
And good news from A3. The latest industry figures show that the machine vision market in North America posted its best first half performance compared to any other year. Hooray.
EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) has launched its EyeVision software (see picture above). It’s an image processing software which, it says, is easy-to-handle, but at the same time offers a lot of possibilities. In the field of quality control the software offers for example the recognition of errors on surfaces on diverse materials such as metal, paper and plastic. It recognizes even the most delicate scratches, holes and cracks. Additionally also print material can be inspected, for example errors on labels or prints on cloth, or WEB inspection.
Also other very fast inspection tasks such as fill-level control in bottling plants or the quality control of bulk goods or pattern matching of good and bad parts in only just a few milliseconds, can be handled with the EyeVision Software.
We also heard from CBS ArcSafe (Denton, Texas, US), a leading manufacturer of remote racking and switching solutions for low- and medium-voltage switchgear, which has introduced its remote switch actuator (RSA) for the Siemens Vacu-Break V2F and V7F series of fusible panel units. The company said that its lightweight, portable CBS ArcSafe RSA-154C will allow technicians to remotely close or trip a Siemens panelboard switch (PBS) from a safe distance of up to 300 feet, well outside the arc-flash boundary.
Then Pixus Technologies (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), a provider of embedded computing and enclosure solutions, told us it had released a new mounting rail that supports very high insertion forces. The modular extrusion rail accepts standard OpenVPX or other architectures boards based on the IEEE 1101 specification.
In many OpenVPX systems explained the company, the high insertion forces of some plug-in modules can cause standard mounting rails to bow, or crack. The rugged Pixus version features a thicker metal, has two mounting screws, and a re-enforced design to provide strength and durability. When utilized in concert with Pixus’ new offset card guides, both 4HP and 5HP plug-in modules can be used in the same subrack.
And don’t forget to check out our sister site RoboPro Magazine. So that’s it for now, have a great weekend and see you soon.