MATRIX VISION scoops award for Industry 4.0 solution
On 6 December in Stuttgart, MATRIX VISION GmbH from Oppenweiler was awarded the prize known as '100 Orte für Industrie 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg' (100 locations for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg). The prize recognises innovative concepts that make a significant contribution to digital networking as we head towards Industry 4.0. Thanks to the twin concept based around the mvBlueGEMINI smart camera and the mvIMPACT-CS smart vision software, MATRIX VISION is enabling businesses to get into digitally networked optical quality control without any programming expertise or any experience of image processing.
“With the mvBlueGEMINI smart camera and mvIMPACT Configuration Studio (mvIMPACT-CS for short), MATRIX VISION is making it easier for people to get into industrial image processing and enabling pretty much anyone to set up inspections. Because with the mvIMPACT-CS software, MATRIX VISION provides an image processing expert as part of the package,” explained Erhard Meier as the prize was awarded at the Altes Schloss in Stuttgart by Günther Leßnerkaus, an Undersecretary from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs. “The actual scene captured by the smart camera is automatically analysed by mvIMPACT-CS, then suitable algorithms and filters are selected and the right parameters are set automatically. The "mvIMPACT-CS expert team" integrated into the software is available on a 24/7 basis. The user can choose from a manageable number of "tools", whose names – such as "Set up camera" and "Acquire image" – tell the user what they actually do. This means mvIMPACT-CS uses the same kind of language as the user. The tools make it possible to carry out visual inspection tasks in just a few minutes – quickly and cost-effectively. The web-based approach means an inspection can be created, arranged, and monitored via a browser from anywhere in the world, bringing Industry 4.0 to life for the first time really,” continued Meier. The competition, created by the 'Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg' (Industry 4.0 Alliance for Baden-Württemberg), is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises who are doing their utmost to drive forward product innovation on the road to Industry 4.0.
This twin concept, which brings together the mvBlueGEMINI Smart Camera and mvIMPACT-CS, allows users without programming expertise and developers without any knowledge of image processing to implement complete visual inspection tasks both quickly and cost-effectively. This is possible thanks to the intuitive and simple operating concept of mvIMPACT-CS, which uses wizards to guide the user efficiently through the inspection set-up, thus guaranteeing uncomplicated, rapid access to industrial image processing.
About the award known as '100 Orte für Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg'
A total of 113 companies, institutions, and other organisations have been recognised so far across six rounds of prize giving. Given its popularity, the 100 Orte competition is being extended with the focus on individual sectors and topics. Winning companies receive a certificate of achievement and a glass plaque they can display at their premises. Prizewinners also feature on the website of 'Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg'.
About Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg
Allianz Industrie 4.0 is a network set up and promoted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs for Baden-Württemberg and is coordinated from the Baden-Württemberg office of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association – VDMA). The primary aim is to promote digitisation across medium-sized industrial companies.
An alliance of partners from the worlds of business and research, chambers of commerce, associations, and social organisations, the network covers the full range of skills associated with production and information/communication technology and offers various information, consultancy, and matching services for medium-sized companies.
The spokesmen for Allianz Industry 4.0 Baden-Württemberg are Dr Manfred Wittenstein (from the Supervisory Board of Wittenstein SE) and Prof. Thomas Bauernhansl (Head of the Frauenhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA).
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