Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range for electronics industry

Industrial Vision Systems launches IVS-NCGi camera range for electronics industry

The next-generation IVS-NCGi range of digital cameras from Industrial Vision Systems is said to provide a breakthrough in flexibility, performance and ease of use for machine vision for its clients throughout the automotive industry.

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With heightened resolution options for more precision and faster frame rates, the cameras are designed for integration into modern production processes. Its compact form factor also easily fits into space constrained manufacturing lines and cells.

With manufacturers relying on dependable and consistent machine vision throughout the production process, these advanced camera heads provide industrial grade inspection capability with much higher resolutions allowing them to handle the most complex inspection and quality control tasks. Full integration with the IVS software platforms make it one of the most flexible vision systems on the market today.

The cameras come ready to be mounted with standard LED lighting options plus a wide range of field-changeable C-mount lenses and industrial autofocus lens options. The powerful IVS software platforms allow simple set-up and quick integration for inspection across all industry sectors. The cameras are ideally suited for presence verification, gauging, surface inspection and optical character recognition. In addition, the cameras fit the standard IVS-SVP IP65 rated housing for integration into food and harsh manufacturing environments.

The IVS-NCGi cameras offer comprehensive and real-time communication between the cameras and factory information systems. IVS vision systems are designed to communicate with all PLCs, master controllers and proprietary factory controls out of the box allowing rapid integration and easy commissioning on the production floor. They offer fast and efficient operation at every stage from image capture to data output.

Launched in 2000, IVS manages the design, installation and commissioning of quality control vision machines for manufacturing companies. Their vision systems are used for inspection, guidance, identification, measurement, tracking and counting. Its systems are some of the most innovative and advanced machine vision solutions on the market today, successfully deployed in thousands of systems around the world.

BMW Group UK announces chosen start-ups for innovation lab

BMW Group UK announces chosen start-ups for innovation lab

BMW Group in the UK has announced the selection of five start-ups for the BMW Innovation Lab 2018.

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The start-ups will now undertake a 10-week residency at the Lab to develop their applications, before pitching to senior BMW executives on March 22, 2018. Successful start-ups will then be able to secure ongoing relationships with the automotive firm's UK commercial divisions.

The BMW Innovation Lab engages with technology start-ups to develop specific solutions around BMW Group UK's three commercial divisions: BMW UK, BMW Financial Services and fleet manager Alphabet. It brings outside talent and technology into the business to create new solutions to future-proof operations or engage customers. The Lab is also designed to assist BMW Group UK in adopting a more flexible and disruptive culture.

Now in its second year, the inaugural Lab saw four out of five finalist start-ups on-boarded into BMW Group UK's commercial divisions in 2017. The cohort included cloud-based loan servicing platform Divido, which is now being rolled out across BMW UK's entire network of 150 retailers.

Building on last year's success, 21 start-ups were shortlisted from a total of 142 applications from 36 countries including Singapore, Brazil and South Africa. Shortlisted firms then pitched to the BMW Innovation Lab panel, who chose the final five who would secure a place in the 2018 Lab. The five successful start-ups selected for the BMW Innovation Lab 2018 are:

  • – a location data platform that provides better engagement and marketing opportunities to their customers through geo-targeting
  • Ocasta – a mobile-focused development studio that provides a platform for employee-centric communications and an operations suite
  • Overfit Technologies – an employee retention and analytics platform which uses data mapping to help businesses make the most out of data
  • easyCar Club – peer-to-peer car and van hire service with more than 10,000 members, it allows vehicle owners to earn money from their car or van when they are not using it
  • DOVU – a blockchain startup operating in the transport and mobility sector which rewards data sharing to create a 'circular economy'.

The BMW Innovation Lab is run in partnership with L Marks, a corporate innovation specialist and investment fund, which will also provide mentoring and fundraising support for the start-ups. Stuart Marks, Chairman of L Marks, said: "The breadth and quality of applications received from around the world for this iteration of the
BMW Innovation Lab has made selecting just five quite tough. However, each of the final start-ups offers something unique and innovative to the automotive industry. The next 10 weeks will see them embark on an exciting journey to bring their ideas to life, and see them benefit enormously from their time in the Lab."

The selected start-ups will now be mentored by BMW Group's UK leadership team in a collaborative working environment at the company's UK HQ. They will be provided with business education programmes, links to industry experts, and access to investors alongside fundraising support.

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