ROADMAP 2020/21

Sick will continue to develop its 2D and 3D machine vision portfolio with a focus on an outstanding user experience to facilitate increased efficiency in industrial automation.

During 2021, Sick’s Nova plug-in – a foundation for machine vision SensorApps –


cameras into applications such as high-resolution surface inspection and other machine vision uses, as well as aerial imaging, 8K live broadcasting, VR 360-degree video and volumetric capture.

Basler will broaden its products and solutions for applications in factory automation, medical and life sciences, logistics, robotics, retail, and traffic and transportation with vision components such as new cameras, light modules, lenses, cables, PC cards and frame grabbers. Recent additions to its

camera and sensor selection include the Ace 2 high- resolution camera models, with further sensors and features to be added in a number of camera series and embedded vision modules. The company continues to

explore the possibilities of new and maturing technologies such as embedded vision, 3D vision and AI, as well as powerful and cost-effective interface options with the aim of providing customers with more efficient vision solutions. Basler is also enhancing its online tools on baslerweb.

will be extended with more functionality including specific deep learning tools. This will allow users to combine standard image processing with deep learning to solve challenging tasks in an embedded vision sensor. With the plug-in, the functionality of Sick’s 2D sensors can be

com. These tools, such as the Vision System Configurator or the Application Advisor, help to combine suitable and compatible components, and therefore reduce the complexity of designing a vision system for a specific application.

Phytec’s Phycore-i.MX 8M Plus system on module (SOM) is available as an alpha version and will go into series production towards the end of 2020. The latest NXP i.MX 8 family

derivative – the i.MX 8M Plus applications processor – offers advanced image processing and vision features. In addition to powerful quad Cortex-A53 cores and a real- time Cortex-M7 core, a neural processing unit (NPU) and

extended, by downloading tools or by developing custom tools in the Sick AppSpace. The company will also

extend Nova for its 3D vision sensors, and release a line of high-performance 3D cameras for easy integration. vision

a single source. In addition to the extensive interfaces provided by the processor, the carrier board to which the SOM mates breaks out two independent four-lane Mipi CSI-2 interfaces. The camera optics, carrier

board and SOM that comprise this imaging kit platform can be readily developed to meet cost objectives and technical requirements of end-users. The company has in-house domain and manufacturing capabilities to develop solutions that include imaging, AI, IoT, security, product lifecycle management, BSP and driver development, optics, SMT production, mechanical design, and box build, among others.

dual image signal processors are integrated on this device, which is supported on the Phycore-i.MX 8M Plus SOM. When combined with

inexpensive Phycam-M Mipi camera modules, Phytec provides a complete embedded imaging kit from


Vision Components will add more Mipi camera modules with full SW driver support for several processor platforms in 2021, for easy, fast and flexible integration into embedded vision solutions. This will include sensors offering SWIR, time-of- flight, onboard AI accelerators and more. Together with the front-end sensor technology for Mipi, the company will also enhance its accessories, for example with cable lengths of more than 15m. Vision Components now

offers non-native industrial image sensors as Mipi camera modules, in addition to simple Mipi sensors. com/en/

In the coming years Emberion is developing a non-cryo cooled MWIR camera, along with a super-pixel detector with the capability of simultaneously imaging in the visible-SWIR-thermal wavebands. The company is also

working on its visible-SWIR cameras, which are built around in-house developed infrared imagers based on nanomaterials and custom- designed CMOS readout integrated circuits. Its primary products are visible-SWIR (400 to 2,000nm) cameras based on a novel VGA (640 x 512 pixel) image sensor, providing excellent performance with a competitive price. The key performance

differentiator of its camera core is its wide spectral range captured with a single focal plane array. It captures snapshot images with a time- controlled electric shutter, and offers frame rates up

Kowa will add 35mm and 50mm focal lengths to its JC5MC lens series. These lenses are optimised for 5 megapixel cameras with a chip size of 2/3-inch and a pixel size of 3.45μm. The C-mount lenses have a maximum length of 27mm and a maximum weight of 55g. The compact design

makes the lenses in this series particularly resistant to shock and vibration. Focal lengths of 8, 12, 16 and 25mm are available.

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