Preview VISION: On a Growth Path

Machine vision – everywhere (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Trend topics at the 2018 Vision trade fair are embedded vision, deep learning, and hyperspectral imaging. “The prospects are highly promising,” said the organizers earlier this year during the joint CEO round table of Messe Stuttgart and the VDMA Machine Vision Association at the Stuttgart television tower.

“The industry is still on a growth path. In Germany alone, growth in the machine vision industry in 2017 provisionally amounted to 18 percent. Throughout Europe, the turnover in the machine vision industry rose by between 12 and 14 percent. All the forecasts point to another successful year in 2018,” said Florian Niethammer, team director at Messe Stuttgart.

More than 450 exhibitors are again expected to take part in 2018. More than 300 companies from all over the world have already registered. They include market leaders such as Basler, Cognex, ISRA Vision, MVTec, Teledyne Dalsa, Sony, and Stemmer Imaging. The first-time exhibitors include, e.g., Connect Tech, Micro-Epsilon Messtechnik, Genesi Elettronica, and Neadvance Machine Vision.

In addition to traditional industrial applications, non-industrial applications have also become much more important in the last few years. The exhibitors will therefore present, for example, applications for the areas of traffic, food and beverage technology, and medical technology. Machine vision is also gaining ground in the agricultural sector, for example in sorting tasks during or after harvesting, in so-called precision farming, or through greater use of drones.

Special synergy potential and mutual exchange opportunities will be created here this year due to Intervitis Interfructa Hortitechnica, the technology trade fair for wine, fruit juice, and special crops, which will be held concurrently with Vision.

The biggest drivers of embedded vision technology at present include autonomous driving, but also integrated face and object recognition in smart cameras or surveillance cameras. Another topic is hyperspectral imaging.

Vision presents the complete range of machine vision technology. In addition to first-rate exhibitors, the trade fair is characterized by its high degree of internationality and a varied accompanying program. The Industrial Vision Days, the world’s largest talk forum for machine vision, will again form an integral part of the trade fair. Other special shows, which are being staged with cooperation partners, include the Application Forum, the Integration Area, International Machine Vision Standards under the overall direction of the EMVA and the IPC4Vision Pavilion which will focus on the topic of industrial PCs. The organizers are confident that the very large number of exhibitors and visitors at the last Vision in 2016 will again be exceeded this year. (Source: Messe Stuttgart)

Link: VISION, Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany

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