Stemmer Imaging Goes Hyper­spectral

The Perception Park software allows the use of hyperspectral imaging in industrial applications for the first time without special expert knowledge in chemometry or spectroscopy. (Source: Stemmer Imaging)

For the first time, Stemmer Imaging is expanding its portfolio and acquires a stake in a software specialist, namely Perception Park, the Austrian provider of the data processing platform Perception System & Studio. The company is consolidated retroactively from 1 October 2018.

Perception Park also operates in the field of machine vision, with the company’s expertise lying in chemical color imaging (CCI) software technology. The intuitively configurable data processing platform Perception System & Studio developed by Perception Park renders complex hyperspectral data at the molecular level usable for machine vision. The key technology’s applications encompass the food-processing industry, mining, the healthcare sector and the recycling sector. In comparison with traditional machine vision systems, hyperspectral systems offer a whole spectrum for each pixel instead of a monochrome or color value. In this way, highly precise color coordinates, chemical material properties and layer thickness information can be derived from the acquired data. Chemistry is thus rendered visible.

Perception Park was founded in 2012 by Markus Burg­staller and Manfred Pail. While Manfred was respon­sible for marketing & sales, Markus was a key researcher for the first indus­trially suitable hyper­spectral camera. (Source: Perception Park)

Customers have been benefiting from the inten­sified coope­ration between Stemmer Imaging and Perception Park since January 2016. After bolstering the distri­bution network by acquiring the Dutch Data Vision in January 2018 and the French Elvitec in July 2018, Stemmer Imaging is now investing in an inno­vative software provider, Percep­tion Park, for the first time. With this invest­ment, the listed company is enhancing its product portfolio with a pioneering tech­nology of the future with high potential for growth on the market.

“We aim to implement the growth and inter­natio­nali­zation strategy announced in connection with the IPO as planned. For two years, we have already enjoyed cooperation with Perception Park that has been trusting and enriching in every respect. We believe that we can add an important technology to our product portfolio, leverage synergies in the future, and above all that our customers will benefit. In addition, we are streng­thening our location in Graz, where we founded our wholly owned subsidiary in Austria at the start of June. This investment is therefore predominantly strategic in nature,” says Lars Böhrnsen, CFO of Stemmer Imaging.

The purchase price amounts to a low single-digit million amount. (Source: Stemmer Imaging)

Links: Links: Perception Park GmbH, Graz, AustriaStemmer Imaging AG, Puchheim, Germany

Further reading: New Partnership for Hyperspectral Imaging, photonicsviews.com, 14th April 2016 

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