Snap out of it

Feeling cold, damp, and deprived of interaction with your colleagues? If you live in the northern latitudes, it's time to start planning for travels to warmer climes or industry gatherings.

Feb 1st, 2005

Feeling cold, damp, and deprived of interaction with your colleagues? If you live in the northern latitudes, it’s time to start planning for travels to warmer climes or industry gatherings. If you’re a member of the Automated Imaging Association (AIA; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; www.machinevisiononline.org), then you could be spending a few days in Orlando, FL, attending the 13th Annual AIA Business Conference. Likewise, one of the benefits of joining the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA; Frankfurt am Main, Germany; www.emva.org) is attending the annual EMVA Business Conference, this year in Palermo, Italy, April 29-30. These association meetings offer far more than networking in pleasant environs, as they deliver both technical and market information and a chance to gather perspective on industry trends and potential opportunities.

In the UK, the IPOT and Machine Vision Show (www.ipot.com) is the place to be for manufacturers and integrators. Held in Birmingham on February 16-17, the show is placing increasing emphasis on machine vision, including a series of free seminars provided by the UK Industrial Vision Association (Royston, UK; www.ukiva.org). And May brings The Vision Show West in San Jose, CA (May 17-19), sponsored by the AIA, which should be especially interesting this year for OEMs and system integrators, given the growing demand for machine-vision services and applications.

Pending such travel plans, this issue should help you find some useful information on designing integrated vision systems. To improve the image-processing capabilities of a vision system, consider our Component Integration feature discussing the advantages of DSPs for functions such as blob analysis, edge detection, and spectral imaging. In another feature, Gerald Budd of Phoenix Imaging (Livonia, MI, USA; www.phoeniximaging.com) describes a system he helped develop to inspect engine parts for defects. Finally, editor Andy Wilson writes about the cold-, white-light power of fiberoptic lighting and the roles it can play in high-illumination applications.

You may have observed that vision and food are often linked in this magazine. Again this month we highlight the subject in the Snapshots section, where the inspecting and sorting of blueberries is discussed, and in Technology Trends, where there is an article on a smart-camera system that helps slice the best cut of salmon for packaging. It’s no coincidence that we spend so much time on this fast-growing area of machine vision, since we’re convinced that, barring travel to a warm beach, eating well is the best antidote to the cold and damp.

W. Conard Holton
Editor in Chief
cholton@pennwell.com

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