Keeping up with changes

March 1, 2018
Our annual Buyers Guide offers a single, comprehensive resource, containing the most up-to-date information on hundreds of global suppliers of machine-vision and image-processing equipment, including 120 product categories such as industrial cameras, optics, lighting, system boards, automation equipment, and software.

In this diverse and growing global market, one key task for developers of machine vision and image processing systems is understanding the numerous disciplines required to design today’s high-performance systems. Another task is keeping up with the latest technology, standards, and product developments as they become available from hundreds of different organizations located worldwide.

While search engines and vendor websites provide many options for finding components such as machine-vision cameras and lighting, such tools require developers to visit a multitude of sites when comparing competitive offerings. Even with numerous trade shows and conferences now dedicated to machine vision and image processing, keeping up with and coordinating such information is not an easy task.

That’s why the staff of Vision Systems Design magazine is proud to bring you our annual Buyers Guide, which is the result of many months of effort by our Buyers Guide department. By providing a single, comprehensive resource, containing the most up-to-date information on hundreds of global suppliers of machine-vision and image-processing equipment, our annual Vision Systems Design Buyers Guide continues to prove its value.

In this issue, the 2018 Buyers Guide provides a valuable resource that lists hundreds of companies in more than 120 product categories including industrial cameras, optics, lighting, system boards, automation equipment and software. With five sections inlcuding Products, a System Integrator location listing, a Distributor location listing, a Company Directory, and Product Category Index, this Buyer’s Guide provides the most comprehensive listing of OEM suppliers of machine vision components and image processing equipment available.

We complement this issue with an even more comprehensive and searchable online Buyers Guide at Our online Buyers Guide contains all the product, manufacturer, and system integrator information found in our print version, but because we allow manufacturers to continually update their information all year long, it also provides you with a dynamic, real-time reference of companies and systems integrators in the machine vision and image processing market.

At, you can quickly and easily search the entire Buyers Guide by category, company, or keyword. In addition to the online Buyers Guide is our online Industrial Camera Directory, which lists more than 170 camera vendors, their products, and key camera specifications. Also online, you will find the latest products, news, applications and technologies in the industry, along with informative webcasts, white papers and editorial digests.

Developing machine-vision and image-processing systems requires an interdisciplinary engineering approach. We hope that the resources you will find in this Buyers Guide and on our website will help you bridge these disciplines and keep up with changes as they happen!

About the Author

John Lewis | Editor in Chief

John has technical, industry, and journalistic qualifications, most recently with more than 13 years of progressive content development experience working at Cognex Corporation. Prior to Cognex where his articles on machine vision were published in dozens of trade journals, Lewis was a technical editor for Design News, the world's leading engineering magazine, covering automation, machine vision, and other engineering topics since 1996.

B.Sc., University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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