Speak to Julian Parfitt, Sales Director at Scorpion Vision, and he’ll tell you that the machine vision market is in a very positive dynamic state at present, with fast moving developments across all the key areas. As the company prepares for VISION 2018, Editor Neil Martin asks about their plans.
Scorpion Vision has attended VISION for the last decade and believes it to be the premier show for Europe, with many of its existing and potential customers attending.
So, what is the company’s focus for VISION?
Julian: “Our key focus for Vision is to advance the development of the HikRobot (a subsidiary company of HikVision) Machine Vision business for our customers in the UK and Ireland. Scorpion Vision is the UK and Ireland distribution partner for HikVision Machine Vision and Smart Cameras and we will be present at all three days of the Stuttgart Vision Show 2018.”
As for what they hope to get from being at Stuttgart this year:
“Vision is the most important European show for Machine Vision and also for many of our key verticals such as Automation, ITS, Medical and Test and Instrumentation.
“It is both a key meeting point for discussing business with our customers and the chance to introduce the current and new developing technologies to the market.
“HikVision is gaining market share in Europe with it’s comprehensive range of Tier 1 vision components and systems and we hope that our existing and potential customers will benefit from experiencing the new line-up of product on show.”
Julian believes that visitors should come to the HikVision booth so that they can see the latest lineup of smart cameras, industrial cameras (area and line-scan), block cameras, optics and accessories such as the vision processing VisionBox PC.
Also on show will be vision systems such as Line Laser 3D cameras, Binocular 3D cameras and VPU smart code reading cameras.
Julian adds: “In addition to the above products there will be a focus on Smart Camera technology with the HikVision x86 Open Platform Smart camera. This Smart Camera is built around a powerful x86 platform with Intel Quad core processor and is capable of running both Windows and Linux OS.
“The IP67 rated unit has 1.3, 2, 5 and 6 megapixel sensor options and an integrated LED light source, lens cover and external light source interface, a comprehensive set of IO and SSD storage for fast start-up and data integrity. This cost effective open platform is expected to significantly drive up the use of Smart Camera technology in the industry.”
Julian explains that Scorpion Vision is a Tordivel company. It provides machine vision systems, components and machine vision expertise.
The company was formed in January 2004 by Paul Wilson, now CEO, and the original remit was to represent Tordivel within the UK, promoting, selling and supporting Scorpion Vision Software. In support of these activities and with the expertise gained from utilising machine vision in industrial environments, an online store was created to sell imaging products to UK industry.
This led to a number of key distributorships being awarded, the most recent being In 2017 when it became the sole UK and Ireland distributor for HikRobot (a subsidiary of Hikvision) China.
Today Scorpion Vision, which is based in Lymington, benefits from a purposely small, but select handful of distributorships for which the company is able to offer first class support and product knowledge for these camera products.
Main applications for its products are very wide ranging, and operate in many verticals including: industrial automation, food and packaging, inspection, robotics and pharmaceutical markets. Its core skills of 3D imaging are much in demand and they have proven experience in a very wide range of applications.
As for what impact their applications will have on the market, Julian says: “The fast development of new systems and innovations will have a key impact on the imaging market with the ability to offer quicker more cost effective solutions to a widening customer and application base.”
The company enjoys a strong position in the market as a leading 3D Vision supplier with it’s Scorpion 2D and 3D Stinger™ Portfolio. In addition to machine vision component supply, Scorpion Vision Ltd provides machine vision automation software and systems. The company provides sales and support resources to a reseller channel within the UK, providing technical assistance and a sales support role when required, to the UK Scorpion Vision integrator network.
The company also works closely with it’s parent Tordivel, which is based in Oslo, to deliver Scorpion Vision based automation systems to the UK manufacturing industry. Tordivel is a provider of a world class machine vision technology which has expertise that is second to none within the machine vision industry. Not just a provider of software, but a highly competent automation business with a long track record of delivering innovative and complex machine vision systems that are robust and reliable.
So, final question, where does the company see itself developing in the future?
Julian says: “The machine vision market is in a very positive dynamic state at present with fast moving developments across all the key areas of Smart Cameras, component cameras, embedded cameras and vision systems. We are well placed with our current partnerships and core activities to grow and contribute to this exciting area of industry and we look forward to our time at Vision 2018.”