Tracking changes

Keeping up with changes in the machine-vision and image-processing industry can be a challenging task, even for the most experienced.

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Keeping up with changes in the machine-vision and image-processing industry can be a challenging task, even for the most experienced. Indeed, the old adage that the only constant is change is probably more pertinent to those developing vision systems than most other industries. Each year, new technologies bring forth new opportunities, hitherto emerging standards become adopted by OEM suppliers, and ever more sophisticated products become integrated into end-user systems.

To keep track of these developments, this Vision Systems Design Buyer’s Guide provides you with up-to-date information on the over 700 OEM suppliers of vision and image-processing equipment available. These companies are listed in more than 50 product categories, including solid-state cameras, optics, lighting, add-in boards, monitors, automation equipment, and software. At, users can search the entire Buyer’s Guide by category, company, or keyword. This fast and convenient Online Buyer’s Guide contains all the product, manufacturer, and system integration information found in our print version, as well as additional information about vendors, distributors, and system integrators.

This Buyer’s Guide contains four sections: a Product Guide, a System Integrators listing, a Manufacturer’s Reps listing, and a Company Directory. The Guide’s table of contents provides an overview of these sections, and the Product Index on page 59 contains a detailed list of the product categories.

While this issue provides a useful year-long reference to the companies involved in machine vision and image processing, our web site offers additional invaluable information. To ease the task of specifying a camera, for example, our online Industrial Camera Directory lists more than 200 camera vendors, their products, and key camera specifications. Our daily updated Machine Vision News & Technology and Machine Vision Products sections will keep you informed about the latest technology, applications, and new products as they occur. Here, too, you will find a number of tutorial-based webcasts, white papers, and editorial digests that provide unmatched resources for both experienced system developers and newcomers to the field.

Those involved in specifying the numerous components required to develop today’s machine-vision and image-processing systems will surely find these global resources of great benefit. Should you have any suggestions about how we may continue to improve our magazine, web site, and newsletters, we would like to hear from you. I hope you find this issue useful and look forward to your continued loyalty as a reader of Vision Systems Design.

Andy Wilson, Editor in Chief

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