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Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

Dealing With Change

Mixed weather, but useful knowledge at Photonics West, AIA Conference

By Barry Hochfelder

Paul Kellett, AIA Director of Market Analysis, agreed that a recession is unlikely, but a significant slowdown is under way. "To stay competitive, manufacturing in North America needs the cost efficiencies and quality control that only machine vision technology and products can bring. In short, we have every reason to expect a bright future." In Europe, he added, the economies will slow, but not to the extent of that in the United States.

Other presentations highlighted aspects of doing business in Japan (Takeshi Saito, Chief Executive Director of the Japan External Trade Organization) and India (Dr. Ganesh Devaraj, Managing Director & CEO, Soliton Technologies Private, Ltd., Bangalore, India).

A panel discussion on managing change in the machine vision industry was moderated by Joseph Christenson of PPT Vision and featured industry veterans John Jennings of Basler, Frank Grube of Allied Vision Technologies, Leonard Metcalfe of LMI Technologies and Rusty Ponce de Leon of Phase 1 Technology. Each panelist talked about challenges and problems in the industry and how their companies adapted and succeeded.

Like the weather, it seems, business is a changing phenomenon.

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