MAY 25--Originally an incubator company of The Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) and now a supplier of machine-vision sensors, DVT Corp. (Norcross, GA; www.dvtsensors.com) has developed four free educational programs for machine-vision professionals:
DVT University. This seminar consists of two- and four-day vision-sensor-training sessions held weekly in North America and Europe. The introductory course covers machine-vision basics such as Vision Sensor Hardware and Software and includes a "Vision Sensor Emulator Tutorial." Upon completion of the introductory course, attendees can proceed to the next course--intermediate training. This course generally attracts new end users with a specific application, existing end users with a new application, and systems integrators working toward DVT certification. The certification program for systems integrators includes training from introductory through advanced levels. Participants in the courses need not be DVT customers.
DVT "On-line" University. For those companies that have restricted travel budgets, DVT offers an on-line version of its educational programs. With free Internet-based teleconferencing software, users can link into DVT's metro-Atlanta-GA campus for 30-minute sessions that highlight new and complex tools and that include a refresher on routine inspections.
Local Workshops. DVT holds local workshops to instruct professionals on the fundamentals of machine-vision sensors. These locally held seminars allow attendees to work hands-on with the latest machine-vision products and interact with an applications engineer about specific factory-floor challenges. Seminars typically last a half-day. Last year, DVT held more than 500 workshops worldwide.
The VirtualTour CD-ROM. DVT has introduced the VirtualTourInteractive CD-ROM. This free, interactive CD-ROM contains more than 30 hours of training, 3-D virtual reality, stereo sound, and vision-sensor information. Easy navigation through the different course topics allows users to learn at their own pace.
The prime benefit of this educational partnership derived by professionals is development of a better understanding of the complex applications, techniques, and products that exist within the industry. An educational partnership allows professionals to put their current applications within a meaningful context and to work on other projects that have factory-floor value. The industry is also rewarded. Direct involvement in machine-vision education programs enables a vision supplier to refine and improve its products. Direct contact with end users also provides opportunities to evaluate potential new features and enhancements needed in the field.