JUNE 27, 2009--The International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show, held June 9-11 in Rosemont, IL, gave a modest boost to hopes of improving business conditions for vendors and integrators of machine-vision products.
The show was produced and sponsored by the Robotic Industries Association, Automated Imaging Association (AIA), and Motion Control Association. Attendance at the show was about 4000, with 140 exhibitors on the floor. The accompanying conference featured tutorials and application sessions on robotics, machine vision, and motion control.
A large crowd attended the keynote speech by Ellen Purdy, enterprise director of the Joint Ground Robotics section of the Office of the Under Secretary for Defense Acquisitions, Technology & Logistics. She spoke of the plans and needs of the Defense Department for robotics in warfare roles and how companies in the industry could participate.
Several standards committee meetings were held. At the lens mount standard meeting, three associations--the European Machine Vision Association, Japanese Industrial Imaging Association, and AIA--said they are working together and making strides toward standardizing lens mounts. They are addressing the categorization of sensor sizes and utilization of appropriate mounts for these categories.
The AIA Camera Link committee also met and discussed proposals for the next generation of the Camera Link standard. Steve Kinney from JAI heads the Camera Link committee--he describes the options and plans for the standard in a Vision Systems Design exclusive video.
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-- Posted by Conard Holton, Vision Systems Design, www.vision-systems.com