Editor's note: This article, a Q&A with Peter Kempf, key account manager for Chromasens, is continued from page one.
Pictured: Chromasens 3DPIXA stereo line scan camera
Multispectral imaging shows a similar trend, just with different applications. Overall we see that for highly differentiated products producing “just an image” (black and white or color) is simply not enough anymore. The more data that can be obtained from the product during inspection, the more yield improvement can be achieved.
Is there a particular trend or product in the next few years that you see as “the next big thing?”
We do not see one big thing, the “revolutionary” step to go to 3D and multispectral is just behind us. But we do see this step to carry our business for many years to come and to deliver significant growth.
How will imaging systems have to change to meet emerging applications?
There is no unique answer to this question. For us, any emerging application comes with its own specific requirements. This is also why a big portion of our business is doing custom cameras (2D, 3D and multispectral).
The other aspect is that emerging applications also need custom or specific illumination solutions, which is our second strength as a company. Our company strategy is to constantly integrate the learnings from emerging applications both on the camera and the illuminations side into our standard product offering to make it available in a customer friendly way for any application.
Do you have any new exciting products or developments on the horizon?
There are a couple of new developments already under way to improve performance, give solutions to yet unsolved application problems, and to lower the cost for the customer. However as explained just above, the most innovative and exciting developments are typically executed in close cooperation with a lead customer and thus confidential.
Is there anything vision-related that you’ve seen recently, in any particular market, that you thought was particularly cool?
For us, as a camera and illumination company, I think the new production methods like printed lenses are really something to integrate into our development process. They offer such an exciting approach to get very much customized solution sin low volumes at reasonable price, or even just to get prototypes faster and more flexibly. We are not only eyeing these production technologies as a way to simplify our supply of custom components, but at the same time as an application market (e.g. 3D inspection for 3D printers).
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