The Vision Show, which first launched in 1996 and is held every other year, showcases vision and imaging technologies such as cameras, lenses and optics, lighting equipment, sensors, vision software, frame grabbers, complete vision systems and other ancillary products. According to the AIA, the global trade association that produces the show, it is North America’s only dedicated machine vision and imaging show, and featured a sold out hall with 103 exhibitors. “With today’s savvy buyers it is important to exhibit at trade shows like The Vision Show,” said exhibitor Greg Hollows, Director, Machine Vision Solutions for Edmund Optics. “The customers are there for valuable face-to-face time with suppliers, they are comparing products from different vendors and learning about what new technologies can help them solve their company’s problems. We met some brand new customers and helped to retain some that we already do business with,” added Hollows.
The show offered an in-depth four-day educational conference and attendance at the conference was up 47percent over 2010. More companies seem to be investing in the education of their employees again (after the economic downturn which began in 2008). Another attraction to the conference was AIA’s Certified Vision Professional program. Two levels – CVP-Basic and CVP-Advanced – were taught. This was the first time the CVP-Advanced was offered in Boston. Those interested in certification sit for an exam and AIA reports that 23 people were certified at the Basic level and 19 people at the Advanced level as a result of the Boston conference. “In the two years since we launched the certification program, we’ve seen strong interest from the system integrator community,” said Dana Whalls, vice president of AIA. “But many of the 155 individuals already certified come from end user, OEM and vision supplier companies, which shows that our industry across the board values continued training and education,” added Whalls.
The AIA announced its AIA Certified System Integrator program at the show. This certification program is designed to help qualified system integration companies highlight their experience and areas of expertise. Companies must meet AIA’s specific criteria for years of experience, skill level of employees, and number of successful projects completed each year. Additionally, the AIA verifies each company’s experience in specific industries. “This program will help the end-user community make informed decisions when it comes to selecting a system integrator company to work with,” said Rusty Ponce de Leon, president of Phase 1 Technology and a member of the AIA Board of Directors. Mr. Ponce de Leon chaired the AIA committee that developed this program. “There are hundreds of highly qualified system integrator companies in the industry today and the AIA Certified System Integrator program allows these companies to showcase their successes,” Ponce de Leon added.
The AIA released Camera Link HS, the next generation communications protocol standard, at the Boston show. Camera Link HS offers high bandwidth scalable from 300 MB/s to 16,000 MB/s and flexible cable lengths of up to 300 meters on fiber optic and 15 meters on copper cables. Exhibitor Teledyne DALSA (Canada) displayed their Falcon2 camera and Xcelera HS PX8 frame grabber that utilize this new standard. Silicon Software (Germany) showed their microEnable 5 series frame grabbers for Camera Link HS and CoaXPress.
A few of the other new products included the introduction of the world’s first 10 GigE video transmitter by Pleora Technologies (Canada). SCHOTT North America (USA) showed off its new miniMML, which has a micro telecentric lens, illumination and CMOS camera all in one compact unit. They also featured new spot LEDs and a LED strobe controller. Active Silicon (United Kingdom) showcased FireBird, its new line of frame grabbers for CoaXPress, Camera Link and PoCL, along with high definition serial digital interfaces modules (HD-SDI) for block cameras.
The Vision Show is next scheduled for May 2014.