A visionary guide for the imaging industry

As a systems integrators` magazine, Vision Systems Design is especially interested in the ways that new products and technologies are used to build more-effective machine-vision, medical, scientific, and military/aerospace imaging systems. In the course of providing you--our readers--with this information, staff editors come across novel ideas, methods, and techniques that systems integrators are using to build these systems.

Feb 1st, 1998

A visionary guide for the imaging industry

Andy Wilson Editor at Large

andyw@pennwell.com

As a systems integrators` magazine, Vision Systems Design is especially interested in the ways that new products and technologies are used to build more-effective machine-vision, medical, scientific, and military/aerospace imaging systems. In the course of providing you--our readers--with this information, staff editors come across novel ideas, methods, and techniques that systems integrators are using to build these systems.

Indeed, we often discover that many system integrators are harnessing the power of products and technologies from little-known manufacturers. Because of this, they are often reluctant to speak about the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that they have used to obtain these products. Of the companies that supply us with information, the most interesting articles seem to emerge from the small systems-integration companies, which, it seems, are more likely to latch on to new technology.

What is not surprising, however, is how systems integrators find some of the suppliers they use. Of course, they find them at trade shows such as The Vision Show, in magazines such as Vision Systems Design, at image-processing conferences, and using the Internet. But many small OEM suppliers are relatively unknown, despite the fact that these companies have developed leading-edge technologies. This situation is unfortunate as it limits the product choices that you can make in specifying your next system.

New buyers guide

Accordingly, Vision Systems Design magazine has decided to remedy this situation. To bring you the most comprehensive listings of machine-vision and imaging products and manufacturers available, we are offering a Buyers Guide section in this issue, along with our regular selection of technology trends, feature articles, and new products. The 1998 Vision Systems Design Buyers Guide is targeted specifically at systems integrators who design, develop, and apply machine-vision, medical, scientific, and military/aerospace imaging systems.

It provides extensive lists of such OEM products as image sources, input devices, image processors, image displays, image storage, networking and image-processing software, output devices, system-integration services, and ancillary, positioning, and test and measurement equipment. These are all the products that systems integrators must consider when specifying the features and performance of any image-processing system. And, because this information is cross-referenced in an easy-to-use fashion, you can quickly find and choose the best OEM products and manufacturers available to meet your design and development needs.

How have we done?

In this way, we not only strive to promote machine-vision and image-processing systems as a unified industry, but also to aid you in designing your next-generation system. Furthermore, such a comprehensive resource will be useful for a whole year. So, during 1998, when you need to modify, upgrade, or design a new imaging system, turn to the Vision Systems Design Buyers Guide as your complete source of OEM imaging products and suppliers. To that end, we have structured this Buyers Guide to be the most useful in the field of machine-vision and imaging systems. Please comment and let us know how we have done.

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