Friday, 28 March 2014

Cognex Machine Vision System

Cognex Machine vision system are unmatched in their ability to inspect, identify and guide parts.

Cognex revolutionizes manufacturing. Our vision systems work tirelessly so that the products you produce are made at higher speeds, without defects, and at lower cost.

Customers and consumers worldwide are demanding higher quality products than ever before. To achieve this, performance is the key and Cognex Machine vision System really performs. Using advanced technology to ensure the most consistent repeatability, the highest accuracy, and the minimum setup time.

Uniquely, Cognex virtually eliminates the need to adjust vision equipment once it is installed, saving you time and money and totally eliminating production downtime. We are the only vision company that creates solutions specifically designed to simplify every aspect of deploying vision on your production lines.

Automation often demands vision. Cognex Machine vision system perform tasks that are practically impossible for people to do reliably and consistently. With the widest range of integration tools available, Cognex Machine vision system interface to virtually any factory network or automation control system.

With more than half a million systems installed Cognex is the world’s most trusted vision company. We have the people, experience, and knowledge to ensure our vision systems do exactly the job you need whatever you make, Make It Right with Cognex machine vision.

Cognex Machine Vision System Products

In-Sight Vision Systems

In-Sight Vision Systems Our main product range, In-Sight® vision systems are rugged, industrial systems that can solve virtually any vision task. Available in a wide range of form factors, performance levels, and resolutions to match the exact requirements of each application, In-Sight systems are easy to understand and quick to configure, with a unique built in suite of communications capabilities for easy integration with any PLC, robot, HMI or manufacturing system. Ideal for deployment by manufacturing companies, OEMs, and by system integrators.

Checker Vision Sensors

Checker Vision SensorsChecker® vision sensors are the easiest and most affordable way to solve simple, single-function vision tasks, such as determining the presence or absence of parts in an assembly. Self contained, with built in lighting, optics, camera, processor, and industrial interfacing in a package designed to fit into the tightest of spaces, Checker is ideal for applications that are currently served by photoelectric sensors. Used extensively by both manufacturers and OEMs.

VisionPro Vision Software

VisionPro -Vision SoftwareVisionPro® vision software offers the highest performance and most advanced vision tools for even the most demanding of vision applications. Designed specifically for advanced system integrators and OEMs who prefer the image acquisition flexibility and programmability that PC-based solutions provide.

To Know more about Cognex Machine Vision System, Contact us at:

Menzel Vision & Robotics Pvt Ltd
Address: 4, A-Wing, Bezzola Complex,
Sion Trombay Road, Chembur
400071 Mumbai, India
Tel:(+91) 22 67993158
Fax: (+91) 22 67993159
Mobile:+91 9323786005 / 9820143131

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Smart View Metals

Smart View Metals

On-Line Detection, Identification, and Visualization of Metal Defects

Smart View Metals has become the most trusted surface inspection system worldwide. With more installations on more lines than any surface inspection system ever, Smart View is relied upon around the world by virtually every major flat rolled products producer. For many of them, Smart View is the de-facto standard in on-line defect detection and identification.

The Smart View system detects irregularities or defects on the surface of the metal strip. Smart View then identifies each defect using our patented Smart Learn® Multi-Step Classifier. The defect image is displayed for the operator to see. All information and images are available in real time and can be stored in our database for future use. Reports can be created and formatted to fit the needs of every mill.

Our Value

Smart View provides more value to users than any other surface inspection system.
  • Improve product quality
  • Maximize yield
  • Detect, identify, and visualize defects before value added processes
  • Reduce the need for manual inspections
  • Provide the reports you need in a form you can use
We have been successfully inspecting metals surfaces for two decades. In fact, Smart View systems inspect over 1 billion square meters of metal every day! We have metals customers on all continents and more metals customers worldwide than anyone else in the industry. More companies guarantee their quality with Smart View systems than any other surface inspection system.

Our Detection

The Smart View Metals system is highly modular, allowing the use of appropriate technology for your application using standard system components. We install appropriate light and camera configurations for each line. Some allow strip inspection while going over a roller and others allow inspection on the unsupported strip. Cognex offers the most comprehensive selection of lighting solutions in the industry, applying collimated, diffuse, or side lighting depending on your application needs. For example the use of collimated light allows us to employ our exclusive synchronized view technology with two sets of cameras looking into the surface from different angles. In addition, our collection of thresholding algorithms can be optimized for your particular surface and requirements, all performing on-line in real time. You never have to wait for Smart view results.

Our Classification

The Smart Learn® Multi-Step Classifier is a patented classification tool set for Smart View surface inspection systems. Smart Learn provides the flexibility to implement classification schemes tailored to your particular process and requirements. The advanced Smart Learn architecture allows the use of various learning classifiers. Combining automatic learning classification with expert knowledge, Smart Learn maximizes the potential of your inspection system for improved product quality, higher production yield, and decreased customer returns.

Our Through-Process Visibility

The Windows®-based Smart View Metals system, connected to your mill network, provides information for mill-wide users, from the manufacturing floor to the front office. Smart View Metals uses industry standards like OPC and ODBC to ensure easy integration with other plant business, production, and quality systems. A real-time operator interface shows current inspection results on-line all the time. The Open Network Inspection Viewer, distributed across the plant network, enables any user to view current or historical inspection results remotely from any step in production from hot mill to the finishing line.

Smart View Can Do More

Smart View users can easily upgrade their system with powerful capabilities that are not available anywhere else.

Our Surface Quality Monitoring software automatically measures and reports the surface quality characteristics of the coil in real time. For the first time you can have a measurement of overall surface properties such as spangle, cloudiness, roll chatter marks, or surface roughness. It can even predict post-processing properties of the product when it is being produced.

Smart View Streaming Video can combine defect detection with full-width video recording of the strip. Watch in real time or go back and replay any archived coil to virtually inspect the strip. All this is done with standard Smart View cameras and lighting.

To know more about Smart View Metals, contact us at:

Menzel Vision & Robotics Pvt Ltd
Address: 4, A-Wing, Bezzola Complex,
Sion Trombay Road, Chembur
400071 Mumbai, India
Tel:(+91) 22 67993158
Fax: (+91) 22 67993159
Mobile:+91 9323786005 / 9820143131

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

What Are Vision Inspection Systems?

What Are Vision Inspection Systems?

Vision inspection systems (sometimes referred to as machine vision system) provide image-based inspection automated for your convenience for a variety of industrial and manufacturing applications. Though not a new technology, 2D and 3D machine vision system are now commonly used for automated inspection, robot guidance, quality control and sorting, and much more.

What Vision Inspection Systems Can Do

These intelligent inspection systems come equipped with a camera or multiple cameras, and even video and lighting. Vision systems are capable of measuring parts, verifying parts are in the correct position, and recognizing the shape of parts. Also, vision systems can measure and sort parts at high speeds. Computer software processes images captured during the process you are trying to assess to capture data. The vision system can be intelligent enough to make decisions that impact the function you are trying to assess, often in a pass/fail capacity to trigger an operator to act. These systems can be embedded into your lines to provide a constant stream of information.

Applications for Vision Inspection Systems

Vision inspection systems can be used in any number of industries in which quality control is necessary. For example, vision systems can assist robotic systems to obtain the positioning of parts to further automate and streamline the manufacturing process. Data collected by a vision system can help improve efficiency in manufacturing lines, sorting, packing and other applications. In addition, the information captured by the vision system can identify problems with the manufacturing line or other function you are examining in an effort to improve efficiency, stop inefficient or ineffective processes, and identify unacceptable products.

Industries Using Vision Systems for Inspection

Because vision inspection systems combine various technologies, the design of these systems can be customized to meet the needs of many industries. Thus, many companies enjoy the use of this technology for quality control purposes, and even security purposes. Industries using vision inspection systems include automation, robotics, pharmaceuticals, packaging, automotive, food and beverage, semiconductors, life sciences, medical imaging, electronics, consumer goods among other kinds of manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies.

Benefits Of Vision Inspection Systems

Overall, the benefits of vision inspection systems, include, but are not limited to, production improvements, increased uptime, and reduction in expenses. Machine vision system allow companies to conduct 100% inspection of parts for quality control purposes. This ensures that all products will meet the customers’ specifications. If you want to improve the quality and efficiency of your industry, a vision inspection system could be the answer for you.


Menzel is a company solely involved in catering to the growing imaging solution needs in India. South Asia & the South East Asia. Be it simple video inspection, machine vision system or detailed image analysis, be it surface inspection for defects or quantification of micro structure measurement data, be it a research project or a production line, has an imaging solution for every application.

Ease of operation, fast, accurate result and a great price performance ratio and most importantly providing a solution that works for you from day one are the key factors that go into the integration of each of our imaging solution.

To know more about Machine Vision System Contact us at:

Menzel Vision & Robotics Pvt Ltd
Address: 4, A-Wing, Bezzola Complex,
Sion Trombay Road, Chembur
400071 Mumbai, India
Tel:(+91) 22 67993158
Fax: (+91) 22 67993159
Mobile:+91 9323786005 / 9820143131

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Adept Technology Reports Fiscal Year 2014 Second Quarter Results

• 35% Increase in Revenues, 27% for First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2014;
• Operating Income of $0.1 Million;
• Adjusted EBITDA of $1.1 Million, $1.6 Million for First Six Months

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent robots, autonomous mobile solutions and services, today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter.

Fiscal 2014 Second Quarter Highlights

Revenue of $14.6 million increased 35.0% compared with the 2013 second quarter.
Gross margin of 46.9% expanded significantly over the 2013 second quarter gross margin of 31.8%.
Operating income was $0.1 million, a $5.5 million improvement over the 2013 second quarter operating loss.

Adjusted EBITDA was $1.1 million, compared with the 2013 second quarter adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.4 million.

The 2013 second quarter included charges for restructuring, impairment of intangible assets and goodwill and adjustments to the excess and obsolete inventory reserve totaling $3.0 million.
Commenting on fiscal 2014 second quarter results, Rob Cain, President and CEO, noted, "This quarter represents the first time since the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 that Adept Robotics generated operating income, a clear testament to the progress we are making. The business continues to improve and we are very focused on improving our bottom line while growing the top line. We are investing in the markets where we see significant opportunities to grow the top line, including mobile, food and service."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $14.6 million, compared with $10.8 million reported in the 2013 second quarter, and $13.6 million in the 2014 first quarter. Gross margin for the second quarter was 46.9%, compared with 31.8% in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 and 46.1% in the first quarter of 2014. Operating expenses in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $6.7 million, compared to $8.8 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $6.5 million in the first quarter. The Company's operating income for the second quarter was $0.1 million, compared with operating losses of $5.3 million in the 2013 second quarter and $0.2 million in the 2014 first quarter. 

In the 2014 second quarter, Adept Robotics reported GAAP net income attributable to common shareholders of $0.1 million, or $0.01 fully diluted net income per share. This compares with a net loss of $5.3 million, or a loss of $0.50 per share, in the 2013 second quarter, and net loss of $0.5 million, or $0.05 per share, in the 2014 first quarter. Adept's non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $1.1 million in the 2014 second quarter, compared with an adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.4 million in the 2013 second quarter, and an adjusted EBITDA of $0.5 million in the 2014 first quarter. A discussion of this non-GAAP measure and reconciliation to the applicable GAAP measure is included below.

Adept's cash and cash equivalents at December 28, 2013 totaled $5.3 million, compared to cash and cash equivalents of $6.3 million at June 30, 2013. The decrease in cash was primarily due to cash used in operating activities of $1.3 million, offset by cash provided by stock plans of $0.6 million.

Quarterly Conference Call (February 6, 2014)

Rob Cain, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Seth Halio, Chief Financial Officer, will host an investor conference call Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, to review the Company's financial and operating performance for the fiscal 2014 second quarter. The call may also include statements regarding the Company's anticipated operational activities for the remainder of fiscal 2014. These statements will be forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. The Company intends to continue its practice of not updating forward-looking statements or providing anticipated financial performance information except as is included in this press release. The call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-941-6009. International callers can dial 1-480-629-9819. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. In addition, the conference call will be available over the Internet at in the Investor Relations section of our website. A webcast archive will also be available following the call's conclusion until the Company reports its financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter. 

Company Profile

Adept Robotics is a global, leading provider of intelligent robots, autonomous mobile solutions and services that enable customers to achieve precision, speed, quality and productivity in their assembly, handling, packaging, testing, and logistical processes. With a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance motion controllers, application development software, vision-guidance technology and high-reliability robot mechanisms with autonomous capabilities, Adept provides specialized, cost-effective robotics systems and services to high-growth markets including medical, electronics, food and semiconductor; as well as to traditional industrial markets including machine tool automation and automotive components. More information is available at All trade names are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to presenting GAAP net income (loss), we present non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA (loss), which we define as earnings before (to the extent otherwise applicable) interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, intangibles and goodwill impairment, merger and acquisition related expenses, stock compensation expense, and restructuring charges as a relevant measure of performance approximating operating cash flow, a metric commonly used among technology companies. We believe that this provides meaningful supplemental information to our investors regarding our ongoing operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA (loss) should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, GAAP measures of financial performance. For more information on our adjusted EBITDA (loss) please see the table captioned "Reconciliation of GAAP net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA (loss)" below. While we believe that adjusted EBITDA (loss) is useful as described above, it is incomplete and should not be used to evaluate the full performance of the Company or its prospects. Although historically infrequent, unpredictable and significantly variable and thus included in this adjustment, mergers and acquisitions expenses may occur in the future if additional acquisitions are pursued. Further, while we have incurred restructuring expense in the past, this is not a routine aspect of our operating activities and varies in amount and effect. Additionally, stock-based compensation has been, and will continue to be, a recurring expense as an important incentive component of employee compensation. GAAP net income (loss) is the most complete measure available to evaluate all elements of our performance. Similarly, our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, as presented in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, provides the full accounting for how we have decided to use resources provided to us from our customers and shareholders.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements about our expectations about stabilization, the impact of our restructuring and resulting cost reductions, opportunities in our markets, and our ability to grow our customer base, revenues, and cash flow. Such statements are based on current expectations and projections about the Company's business. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to factors affecting our fluctuating operating results that are difficult to forecast or outside our control; our limited liquidity due to historical operating losses and negative cash flow, the effect of the current state of the manufacturing sector and other businesses of our customers; the effectiveness and unintended consequences of our restructuring actions and other expense-related matters; changes in our management team; the impact of our acquired businesses and strategic plans on our cash resources and on the Company's operations, the Company's inability to accurately forecast or react quickly to changes in demand for our products; seasonality of results, particularly in Europe; risks of technical and commercial acceptance of the Company's new or current products; the costs of international operations, sales and foreign suppliers and the impact of foreign currency exchange; the cyclicality of capital spending of the Company's customers and lack of long-term customer contracts; the highly competitive nature of and rapid technological change within the intelligent automation industry; the lengthy sales cycles for the Company's products; the Company's increasing investment in markets that are subject to increased regulation; risks associated with outsourced manufacturing and single sources of supply; potential delays associated with the development and introduction of new products; and potential costs of regulatory compliance.

For a discussion of risk factors relating to Adept's business, see Adept's SEC filings, including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, which includes the discussion in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Risk Factors.

For more information about Adept Robotics, Contact us at:

Menzel Vision & Robotics Pvt Ltd
Address: 4, A-Wing, Bezzola Complex,
Sion Trombay Road, Chembur

400071 Mumbai, India
Tel:(+91) 22 67993158
Fax: (+91) 22 67993159
Mobile:+91 9323786005 / 9820143131

Monday, 3 March 2014

Machine Vision Benefits from Changing Military Standards

During World War II, American and British soldiers weren’t always able to take full advantage of being allies. Ammunition used by one army wouldn’t always fit the weapons of the other. Screws from a British tank wouldn’t fit an American M4 Sherman. After WWII, these same militaries learned their lessons and worked together to create common equipment and technical standards for performance and maintenance purposes. This effort led to groups of hierarchical standards referred to as MILSPEC in the U.S.

By the 1980s, however, the tail wagged the dog. Defense contractors had to comply with upwards of 30,000 MILSPEC standards to ensure maximum interoperability across armed forces and military platforms. But interoperability came with high costs and long delays as contractors struggled to make sure they complied with every relevant standard. Defense budgets exploded, and under significant criticism, Secretary of Defense William Perry issued the “Perry Memo” in 1994. The memo eliminated the need to require MILSPEC compliance unless the issuing governmental agency sought and received a waiver. Standards that once demanded mandatory compliance now precluded compliance, preferring the cost savings of industrial standards from groups such as ANSI, ISO, SAE, and others.

Like many support industries, machine vision benefited from military support of commercial standards, allowing smaller companies to compete for defense contracts denied them in the past because of costly regulatory requirements. Today, whenever they can, militaries around the globe turn to commercial standards for imaging and electronics, which, in turn, allow commercial markets to benefit from military technological advances. While unique military requirements always will demand customization for certain systems, the machine vision and broader imaging market continue to benefit from the shift away from MILSPEC to commercial standards.

When One Camera’s Much Like Another (HOW ABOUT ‘A Camera Like all Others’?)

Recent market reports from infrared imaging specialists Maxtech International Inc. and Yole Développement reveal how commercial markets have benefited from military industry support. From 2013 to 2018, Yole Développement expects the overall infrared camera market to grow by 23 percent, with more than 20 percent of that growth coming from commercial markets (see photo). What are the commercial applications driving that growth? They are many of the same markets responsible for the growth of visible sensors used in machine vision cameras: automotive, Global uncooled thermal camera business (in units)surveillance, thermography, and the emerging night-vision smartphone market. Just as the growth in personal computers drove down the cost of processing data, which benefited the machine vision market, the growth in imaging sensor sales volume and sensor performance also will benefit machine vision system producers and consumers.

But just because the MILSPEC sensor has mostly gone the way of the dodo, and market reports reveal that military spending represents a smaller percentage of the overall imaging market each year, that does not mean the military’s use of imaging is dwindling. In fact, cameras have become ubiquitous within the military, mounted on everything from traditional armored platforms to the common infantryman.

NorPix Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), provider of high-speed digital video recording software and solutions, sells more and more imaging software to the military each year. “They’re primarily using it for research,” says NorPix President Luc Nocente. “Obviously, they rarely tell me what they’re doing with it, but we’re selling it to all of the armed forces. The military tends to work with a lot of different types of cameras. And our software works with any camera with any interface: USB, GigE, Camera Link, analog, compressed, uncompressed … we support them all. Our software also takes in other sensor data, such as IRIG military time stamping and GPS data protocols. So they can acquire images from multiple cameras, each with its own output, overlay location and time data, and store it on any device they like – solid state drives, standard hard drives, whatever. In the past, they’ve done everything from record video from cameras placed around ground vehicles to managing de-icing on plane wings.”

This ability to work with many different types of interfaces also has boosted the appeal of companies like Pleora Technologies (Kanata, Ontario, Canada), a supplier of high-speed video interfaces for military, medical, and automation. Pleora provides a variety of electronics for converting Camera Link, analog, and other camera outputs to GigE.

“Military vehicles are very concerned about size, weight, and power,” says John Phillips, senior manager, product management for Pleora. “The difference in weight between coax cable versus Cat 5 or 6 is only a few ounces per yard – a minimal amount. But when you have miles of coax running through your vehicle, it adds up. So the less weight, the more armor and speed.”

Small Solutions, Custom Solutions

When it comes to putting imaging systems on the smallest of platforms – from soldiers to mini-drones – only custom vision solutions will do. For example, Imaging Solutions Group (Rochester, N.Y.) is part of the General Dynamics team competing for DARPA’s One Shot XG program.
Military snipers may get only one chance to hit their target. That’s why the One Shot program seeks to enable snipers to accurately hit targets with the first round, under crosswind conditions, day or night, at the maximum effective range of the weapon. To achieve this, the One Shot system provides a measured profile of downrange crosswind and range to target. This information is then used to compensate the bullet trajectory to offset crosswind effects and range-related bullet deviations, substantially increasing the probability of a first-shot hit.

“The ISG Imaging System we designed contained a CPU, FPGA, memory, and interfaces to all the various sensors in the system,” says Kerry Van Iseghem, co-founder of Imaging Solutions Group. “The system takes the inputs from all the environmental sensors and uses them to calculate the proper settings to recreate a new ’target’ that the sniper soldier could aim at to hit the intended target. The system is totally contained and manages all aspects of the product.”

The program completed Phase 2E in spring 2013 to reduce system size, weight, and power as well as extend the engagement range. The Phase 2E system will mount on a conventional spotting scope. The next-generation One Shot envisions a compact observation, measurement, and ballistic calculation system mountable on either the weapon or spotting scope. The developed system will measure all relevant physical phenomena that influence the ballistic trajectory and rapidly calculate and display the offset aim point and confidence metric in the shooter’s riflescope in either day or night conditions. The XG system seeks to exploit new technologies to operate over a range of visibilities, atmospheric turbulence, scintillation, and environmental conditions. One Shot XG Phase 2 began in March 2013 and is expected to be complete in Spring 2014.

Economic uncertainty and decreasing military budgets could pose a problem for the developers of imaging technology as defense markets account for a shrinking slice of the overall performance imaging market. However, as the military continues to adopt commercial standards while expanding the number of platforms that use imaging systems and supporting the development and transfer of advanced imaging technology, machine vision system companies can expect their role in protecting people from aggression will continue to grow in both overall market terms and the number of market participants.

To know more about Machine Vision System, contact us at:

Menzel Vision & Robotics Pvt Ltd
Address: 4, A-Wing, Bezzola Complex, 
Sion Trombay Road, Chembur
400071 Mumbai, India 
Tel:(+91) 22 67993158 
Fax: (+91) 22 67993159
Mobile:+91 9323786005 / 9820143131