Instant Machine Vision Overviews Linked to Editorials

Table of Contents

Introduciton
Imaging.market – An Online Platform for Machine Vision Components
Imaging.market for Vision System Designers
A Complete Solution for the Machine Vision Market
Conclusion

Introduciton

Numerous platforms are eager to provide high-quality information about up-to-the-minute market trends, technologies, case studies and more. The aim is to support business success in industrial imaging. Now, Imaging.market is going further thanks to new partnerships with various magazines, instant product overviews tailored to the editorial content of interest can be obtained.

Imaging.market – An Online Platform for Machine Vision Components

Envisage reading an article about the features of the latest image sensors with CMOS Global Shutter technology. Tempted by the promising new prospects, you need information on which cameras based on these sensors are available. What would you do? Browse the websites of your preferred camera vendors and inspect product overview pages on each site, and read through the specs of the latest models.

Figure 1. Sample QR-code linking to CMOS global shutter cameras

But there is an easier and faster way: from now on, online pieces will offer one or more links to the online platform Imaging.market, showing you the tailored selection of machine vision cameras utilizing the CMOS global shutter sensors of interest, for example. Similarly, print articles provide links via QR-codes, which can be simply scanned using a reader app on a mobile phone.

Four types of components make up a traditional imaging system: lenses, cameras, cables, and processing units. Often lights, optical filters, extension tubes, frame grabbers, and advanced software libraries come into play, totaling nine completely different product categories. Owing to the current shape of the machine vision market, most OEMs produce a single category of component.

Thus, making finding suppliers for each product category, selecting one, and requesting a quotation a significant task. Additionally, many organizations require developers to select at least three different suppliers per product category and to request quotations from each - a task that takes several months, delays development, and prolongs time-to-market, let alone the cost implications.

Imaging.market for Vision System Designers

It is the mission of the Imaging.market product platform to advance, streamline, and hasten the selection process of imaging components by providing highly detailed product filtering and sorting features, superior to other buyers’ guides. Area scan cameras, for example, can be filtered by 12 different features, from manufacturer, frame rate, and resolution, to standards like the image sensor brand or the sensitive spectrum. Once a buyer has filtered the portfolio of currently over 1,100 cameras from 14 OEMs based on usage needs, the remaining range can be sorted by attributes such as minimum exposure time, power consumption, or min./max. operating temperature (see Fig. 2).

Figure 2. Filtered and sorted selection of area scan cameras

Figure 3 illustrates the distribution of area scan cameras offered on Imaging.market by resolution and frame rate. The radius of the circle shows the number of cameras available with a certain specification, influenced by the image sensor type, the camera interface, and its technical design. Despite the portfolio constantly expanding, it will consist of the latest cameras with resolutions of 50 megapixels and more, with the chart already indicating this broad coverage.

Figure 3. Distribution of cameras by resolution and frame rate

A Complete Solution for the Machine Vision Market

While several suppliers also feature a comparatively inclusive range of machine vision components, their portfolio is intended to avoid internal competition among different brands. Thanks to Imaging.market’s independence, this product finder is specifically designed to allow for the comparison of competing products.

For that purpose, a developer can view the details of each camera once the selection has been narrowed down to a manageable number. Each product on Imaging.market is specified by up to 5 vendor-defined unique selling propositions (USPs) as well as a comprehensive and standardized set of attributes – more than 70 in case of area scan cameras. This allows for the filtering and sorting but also convenient side-by-side comparison over all camera features (see Fig. 3). Additionally, every vendor has the opportunity to add a detailed description of the camera and/or the manufacturing company as well as videos and downloads, such as datasheets, manuals, white papers, case studies, CAD-data and the like. Close to 2,800 product-related files are currently available for download. Therefore, every manufacturer has the chance to fulfill their customers’ increasing need to educate themselves on product features and the manufacturers’ companies before talking to a sales representative.

To streamline the design process of a vision system, Imaging.market users obtain links to matching products. Figure 4 displays two typical frame grabbers and a cable which would well interoperate with the currently selected camera utilizing a Camera Link Full interface.

Figure 4. Cross-linking with matching related products simplifies the system design process

Finally, when a buyer has identified the set of cameras, lenses, cables and other components which satisfy the requirements, the products can be added to the inquiry cart and quotations requested from all manufacturers at once. This is especially efficient when detailed information regarding the application, requirements, and schedule of the development project is shared during the last step of sending the request for quotation (RFQ).

At the same time, as soft facts like responsiveness and the quality of the technical pre-sales support are critical for many imaging customers, this is a neat way to assess the performance of the different retailers.

Conclusion

Machine Vision has matured, and greater numbers of engineers have established expertise to develop vision solutions, design systems, derive requirements and pick imaging components themselves. Pivotal to their success is a solid source of evidence on current market trends, technology developments, solved applications, as well as fast access to detailed product data. The partnership of content platforms and Imaging.market completely covers these needs and creates a pioneering yet palpable variation to the customers’ changing buying process in the age of digitization.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Imaging.Market.

For more information on this source, please visit Imaging.Market.

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