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15 years of integrated intelligence:

Vision Components celebrates company anniversary

This year, image processing expert Vision Components looks back on 15 years of company history. The foundation for VC's success was laid at the VISION trade show in 1995, when Michael Engel, who would later found the company, presented a self-developed prototype of the VC11, the first Smart Camera suitable for industrial environments. After a report about the device was met with great interest from the trade press, Vision Components was established in April 1996. Since then, many more innovative hardware and software products, many of which enabled machine vision solutions in new industry sectors, have been introduced in quick succession.

These products included the first intelligent camera with a progressive scan CCD sensor in 1995, and lately also the ultracompact VC nano and VC nano 3D camera series as well as the VC µ Check sensor, a complete solution for use in the semiconductor industry, and the VC Smart Inspect sensor. The latest software developments are the VC Barcode Reader which ensures fast and reliable detection of 1D codes, and the SolarLib program libary for solar industry applications. Introducing a multi-level approach which considerably facilitates programming for VC's intelligent cameras, the company has recently started a paradigm shift: by means of the Microsoft development environment Visual Studio 2010, customers can now also develop new programs directly on a PC, or use a new machine vision script language. Lastly, a VC partner provides further support in implementing machine vision applications through a complete package that requires no programming skills. Moreover, Vision Components has grown considerably over the last few years: the subsidiaries Notavis and Nexxion now extend the product and service range of the VC group. Notavis develops custom-tailored cross-sector machine vision solutions for OEM series applications, while Nexxion distributes VC products and provides service and support for customers in Asia.

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