Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) has increased the production capacity at its headquarters in Germany by 60 per cent. A leading manufacturer of industrial cameras, Basler has doubled the size of its production area for circuit boards to accommodate an additional production line.
In recent years, Basler's camera business has repeatedly set new records for orders, sales and earnings at Basler. In fiscal year 2011, revenue from the sale of cameras increased by more than 13 per cent to 46.1m Euros, up from 40.7m Euros in 2010.
Chief Operations Officer Arndt Bake expects this trend to continue. "New application areas for digital cameras are constantly being found, and so we see even greater potential for our products worldwide," he says.
In August, after reviewing its finances, the company increased its sales forecast for 2012. The company now expects revenues this year to be between 52-54m Euros, rather than the 50-54m Euros it had predicted earlier.
At the upcoming Vision 2012 trade show, Basler will present a selection of its ace area scan cameras featuring a USB 3.0 interface. René von Fintel, Basler's product manager, believes that cameras equipped with the interface will replace most of the current FireWire and USB 2.0 cameras, establishing the standard -- along with GigE -- as the second mainstream camera interface in the industry.
Recent articles on the application of Basler cameras that you might find of interest.
1. Vision system blows the cover off powdered glass
Inspection Systems (Heaton Mersey, UK) has developed a vision-based inspection system that measures the powder coating on the glass and presents statistical data to the plant operator.
2. Basler cameras help protect schoolchildren around buses
Redflex Traffic Systems (Phoenix, AZ, USA) has chosen Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) IP cameras for its new Student Guardian system that helps to protect children around school buses.
3. German ferry traffic monitored by IP cameras
The Glückstadt-based ferry line has installed a system that uses cameras from Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germany) and video gateways from HeiTel Digital Video (Molfsee bei Kiel, Germany) to monitor the volume of traffic waiting at ferry docks.
-- Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design