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By Larry Adams
For visitors to Stuttgart, the main attractions are often the German hospitality, the beauty of the countryside and the high-end shopping in this quaint, but cosmopolitan city. But, for four days in November, the attractions for users, buyers and sellers of electronic-imaging products can be found in the halls of Messe Stuttgart. There, the aisles will be filled with state-of-the-art imaging hardware and software.
The Vision 2005 show in Stuttgart, Germany, opens on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and runs through Thursday, Nov. 10.
Nearly 200 exhibitors will display a complete cross-section of imaging equipment that will be spread throughout more than 13,000 square meters (approximately 46,800 square feet) of exhibit space.
Those attending the 2005 fair can view a variety of new technologies from some of the industry’s most innovative manufacturers, says Dr. Thomas Walter, divisional director, who heads the show. Sixty percent of the exhibitors are component manufacturers and about 40% are manufacturers of complete solutions involving machine-vision systems. To give visitors better orientation, the fair stands are labeled with the letters “K” for component manufacturers and “S” for systems manufacturers. The product spectrum comprises cameras, frame grabbers, optics and lighting solutions, processors, software tools, machine vision and identification systems and services.
“The vision show is now the world’s leading show,” says Walter. “Machine vision is one of the fastest growing industries in Germany. Nearly every branch of the (trade association) VDMA needs these systems. More than 36 branches of the VDMA use machine vision including automotive, metal working, electronics, textiles and medicine. With machine vision, they can automate their processes.”