By merging with Image Processing Europe, Vision Systems Design now assumes the leadership role in providing North American, European, and Asian readers with global vision and imaging information. The merger makes our magazine more relevant and useful to the needs of our readers, with an enhanced publication that mirrors the fast-paced market and product parameters of the machine-vision and image-processing industry.
Consequently, this issue of Vision Systems Design reflects changes in perspective, content, and appearance. After a detailed study of the international acceptance and success of instant Internet communications, of company Web sites, and of immediate access to suppliers and buyers around the world, changes have been made to reorient, redirect, and relaunch the magazine as a global publication.
To that end, traditional feature articles, news stories, and new-product writeups in the magazine will be enhanced with more topical information and will more closely track the changing aspects of products, markets, trends, technologies, and applications under worldwide circumstances. In support of the print publication, the Vision Systems Design Web site (www.vision-systems.com) will present more daily and current global information that cannot wait for the monthly publication.
We are also adapting our editorial to changing market conditions. For example, camera-based systems are becoming increasingly more intelligent. They are offering systems designers a novel way to use complete machine-vision systems at single points in the production process. At the same time, sophisticated point-and-click machine-vision software packages are allowing PC- and networked-based vision systems to be deployed faster and easier. This trend will be reflected every month in a new feature section "Profile in Vision Solutions," which will show how systems designers are leveraging the use of this easy-to-deploy technology to cost-effectively and efficiently automate machine-vision and image-processing systems.
The print format also has been modified. It incorporates much of the appealing design of Image Processing Europe, such as its front-cover design, colorful diagrams, and sectional layout designs, among others. This new format is more readable, informative, and colorful. It will include shorter and more-concise articles and stories about the systems integration of off-the-shelf and custom hardware and software products into systems that solve real-world application problems. To that end, the magazine's editorial package will be more comprehensive, insightful, and instructional.
The global-focused Vision Systems Design is evolving to meet changing market, product, and readers' needs. Please let us know how we are doing.
George Kotelly, Editor in Chief
Andrew Wilson, Editor