Industry contracts signed
NOVEMBER 9--Several machine-vision companies have signed contracts to provide systems for imaging projects.
Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA, http://www.cognex.com) has sold a SmartView web-inspection system to Outokumpu Oyj (Finspang, Sweden), a supplier of copper and stainless-steel products. The system will be used to inspect copper for defects as small as 200 μm.
DVT Corp. (Norcross, GA; http://www.dvtsensors.com) has received a multiple machine-system order for Series 600 SmartImage sensors from PPG Industries, a manufacturer of continuous-strand fiberglass. The sensors will be networked over Ethernet with other automation devices in manufacturing lines to inspect microscopic fiberglass filaments for breakage.
DRS Technologies Inc. (Parsippany, NJ; http://www.drs.com) has been initially funded with $3.5 million from an international digital-camera supplier to produce high-speed, industrial digital cameras. The company also landed a $3.8 million contract from the US Army to provide second-generation, forward-looking-infrared, thermal imaging systems for Abrams tanks.
Optics 1 Inc. (Westlake Village, CA; http://www.optics1.com) has been awarded a $25 million contract from the Naval Air Warfare Center (Lakehurst, NJ) to develop a new imaging optical system over five years called the Advanced Multi-spectral Optical Surveillance System.
InVision Technologies Inc. (Newark, CA; http://www.invision-tech.com) has received a $1.3 million order to deliver a CTX 9000Dsi explosive-detection system for baggage screening security at the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, Chile. The company also received approximately $1.1 million in orders for a ContourScan 3-D Log Scanning System and two StereoScan Headrig Scanning Systems.
The US Food and Drug Administration (Washington, DC; http://www.fda.gov) has cleared for marketing a swallowable camera capsule, the Given Diagnostic Imaging System, designed by Given Imaging Ltd. (Norcross, GA; http://www.givenimaging.com). The camera acquires two images per second as it glides through the small intestine to detect polyps, cancer, or causes of bleeding and anemia.
Xtria Healthcare Services Div. (Richardson, TX; http://www.xtria.com) has been awarded a $10 million contract from the Lahey Clinic Medical Center (Burlington, MA; http://www.lahey.org) to design, build, integrate, and support a Picture Archiving and Communications System with Lahey Clinic's Radiology Information System and Hospital Information System. The integrated system will deliver diagnostic imaging, patient, and administration information to staff workstations.
ImageWare Systems Inc. (Jersey City, NJ; http://www.iwsinc.com) is providing its digital booking Crime Capture System and facial-recognition Face ID software to the San Bernardino, CA, County Sheriff's Department.
Braintech Inc. (N. Vancouver, BC, Canada; http://www.braintech.com) has received additional orders from ABB Inc. in Canada to furnish a total of 19 3-D vision-guided robotic platforms for engine-parts handling at a major automaker's assembly plants.