Machine vision distributor spotlight: 1st Vision Inc.

In this article, Jon Chouinard, VP of Business Development at 1st Vision Inc., discusses machine vision cameras and sensors, the machine vision market, and future developments.

Nov 13th, 2015
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To provide our readers with much information onhow to obtain the right technology for their application as possible, we are profiling major machine vision and image processing distributors from across the globe.

In this article, Jon Chouinard, VP of Business Development at 1st Vision Inc., discusses machine vision cameras and sensors, the machine vision market, and future developments.

Company name:1st Vision Inc.
Headquarters:
Andover, MA, USA
Year founded:
1999
Regions served:
North America
Products carried:Industrial Cameras, lenses, machine vision lighting, cables, and many vision related accessories. 
Companies carried:Allied Vision, IDS Imaging Development Systems, JAI, Teledyne DALSA, KOWA, FUJI, Tamron, CCS, and Advanced illumination, to name a few

How have market changes and customer demands changed the way that you’ve approached business?

Engineering resources for most companies are taxed with rapid development and pressing scheduled. We have worked to provide technical resources quickly to development groups in order to help them make decisions. Our blog post for instance is providing insight from lens selection to understanding the latest imaging sensors with real life examples. Our staff all has 25+ years’ experience to assist in the design process and have positioned ourselves as technical resources to help specify imaging components.

In what areas do you see the most growth?

As cameras become more compact and less expensive, they are finding their ways into many industries aside from the class vision vertical markets. We have experience in many markets and working with clients on handheld devices to cancer detection.

What is your take on the current state of the machine vision market?

The machine vision market is strong and continuing to grow. Industrial imaging has become easier to use, in turn more end users and OEM’s are taking advantage of the technology. Connectivity between cameras, third party software and hardware are now well established under industry standards promoting industry growth.

Is there a particular trend or product in the next few years that you see as “the next big thing?”

As CMOS sensors continue to lower the price per pixel and drive to higher resolutions and bandwidth, I expect the interfaces to continue expansion. Manufacturers are also development methods such as Teledyne DALSA’s TurboDrive to address higher throughput on existing GigE networks.

What camera type do you think will be most popular in two years and why?

I expect GigE to continue its popularity due to long cable lengths and easily available hardware. USB3 will continue growth with additional camera manufacturers developing new image sensors in conjunction with the interface.

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