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Keywords: Robots, Machine vision, Inspection
Since its founding in 1981, Cognex Corporation has grown to become one of the world's leading suppliers of machine vision systems, having sold over 175,000 vision systems worldwide. The company is composed of two divisions, the Modular Vision Systems Division (MVSD) and the Surface Inspection Systems Division (SISD) and they have acquired more than 150 patents and have over 130 US and international patents pending. Cognex's vision systems automatically identify products, inspect for defects, gauge part dimensions, and guide robotic equipment, at up to thousands of parts per minute. Their products are used to track semiconductor wafers through manufacturing processes, to guide the placement of surface mount devices onto circuit boards, to inspect light bulbs, and to assess the quality of printing on the face of watches.
This is a well presented simple site which is easy to navigate.
http://www.bmva.ac.ukThe British Machine Vision Association
The British Machine Vision Association provides a national forum for individuals and organisations involved in machine vision, image processing, and pattern recognition in the United Kingdom. Its principal aims are to: promote knowledge of machine vision and pattern recognition; encourage practical applications of the technology; facilitate the rapid transfer of research results to industry; and represent the UK machine vision community, nationally and internationally. Areas in which the association is active includes: machine vision in quality control; machine vision in medicine; machine vision in security and surveillance; machine vision in the environment; and machine vision in entertainment.
Founded in 1988 in Lübeck, Germany, Basler AG develops and markets artificial vision systems for use in quality control systems worldwide. The primary application of their products is for optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of automated industrial manufacturing processes.
The Thomas Register is a US industrial products sourcing site, containing the details of over 173,000 US and Canadian manufacturers, and providing direct links to the supplier web sites.
http://www.lmint.comLMI Technologies Inc.
LMI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in 3D Machine Vision which provides non-contact laser sensors and systems for improved quality and productivity in industrial applications. They offer over 40 vision and laser sensor models designed for multiple applications. Their sensors and systems provide 3D profiling, thickness measurement, surface smoothness, defect detection, and have been used for molten aluminium pouring control; automotive assembly; electronics applications; glass manufacture; road inspection; and robot guidance.
The site contains a series of technical papers to assist in understanding the basics of laser measurement technology as well as to assist users in sensor selection for specific types of applications. Overall, this is a site that is well worth visiting.
http://www.machinevisiononline.orgAutomated Imaging Association
The Automated Imaging Association is dedicated to machine vision technology and provides its members with access to industry news including technical papers, news and feature articles and case studies, and a forum for submitting questions to a panel of industry experts.
This site contains very little information for non-members.
http://www.ismv.ic.ornl.govImage Science and Machine Vision Group
The Image Science and Machine Vision Group conducts pure and applied research in machine vision and perception. Their mission is to emulate the human visual sensory and cognitive process for the purpose of developing human-level visual and decision-making capabilities for computers and robots. The group supports the competitiveness mission for US industry through government-industry partnerships and by performing machine vision R&D to automate product quality assessment and process characterization. The group is staffed by eight post-graduate professionals, who specialise in sensors and optics, image synthesis and processing, pattern recognition, and event modelling, detection, and classification.
http://vision.fe.uni-lj.siMachine Vision Group
This site presents some of the work of the Machine Vision Group at The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Their current research is active in: muscle fibre image segmentation, classical active contour models, industrial OCR, robot vision, and tracking players in sports games.
http://www.imagelabs.comImage Labs International
Image Labs International offers complete machine vision systems for vision inspection, image analysis, and defect identification. The site contains “The Vision and Imaging Technology Resource”, a comprehensive catalogue of the latest vision component specifications and information at your fingertips, and has links to many other sites with expanded vision industry news and industry information.
This site contains a huge amount of online information and is well worth visiting.
CLAWAR is a European Union funded thematic network on climbing and walking robots, investigating all aspects of technology and systems relating to mobile robotics.
It brings together core research groups, industrial users and robot manufacturers who are engaged in work on climbing and walking robots and associated support technologies (such as gait control, sensors, actuators, artificial intelligence, and system reliability issues) and specific applications of these machines.
This is an interesting site with some useful links. http://www.uwe.ac.uk/clawar/home.htm is also worth visiting as this provides additional information into the background of the CLAWAR network.