Vision 20/20 flashback: Vision Systems Design in October 1998

This year, Vision Systems Design celebrates its 20th anniversary. Throughout the year—as part of our Vision 20/20 series—we are going to encourage people to think about where the imaging and machine vision industry could be headed in the next 20 years, while also taking a look back at the past 20 years.

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This year, Vision Systems Design celebrates its 20th anniversary. Throughout the year—as part of our Vision 20/20serieswe are going to encourage people to think about where the imaging and machine vision industry could be headed in the next20 years, while also taking a look back at the past 20 years.

In this flashback, we take a look at October of 1998, where Andy, in his editorial, provided his take on why industry companies need to serve OEMs and end users. In the article, he wrote:

"By paying careful attention to the software-development needs of both systems integrators and end users, machine vision system companies will be able to readily address more application areas."

Because these systems will incorporate standards, he said, they will allow both end users and systems integrators alike to develop flexible, low-cost, machine vision systems.

"When this happens, camera, frame grabber, and machine vision companies will all benefit," he wrote.

Based on today’s technologies and interfaces, it would seem that Andy was correct in his 1998 prediction.

Feature article topics include PCI-bus technology, imaging software, underwater vision, low-light imaging, neural networks, user-friendly machine vision systems, and a vehicle-mounted imaging system. Comparing the technologies described in these articles to now, makes for an interesting read.

In this issue, Andy also detailed a vision system that checks solder-ball placement of ball grid arrays, and provided information on the challenges of the system, and how to overcome them. Additionally, new products covered in the issue include a motion controller, a flat-panel computer, image sensors, line scan cameras, a DSP board, machine vision software, frame grabbers, and more.

Take a look at the October 1998 issue.

We will continue to highlight archived issues in the future, so keep an eye out for more "blast from the past" articles from Vision Systems Design.

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