The first large scale STEMMER IMAGING Vision Technology Forum in the UK, which took place on May 22nd at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, proved to be a success with around 350 participants.
The event was the latest in a series of Europe-wide Vision Technology Forums organised by STEMMER IMAGING and the European Imaging Academy. It featured over 40 technical presentations held in five parallel sessions covering a range of vision technologies, as well as hands-on workshops for 2D and 3D vision systems and a mini trade show with over 30 exhibitors.
Mark Williamson, director, corporate market development at STEMMER IMAGING, said: “This proved to be a popular event and we have not only had positive feedback from many attendees but have even received some orders as a direct consequence. We believe that it is the largest event of its kind dedicated to machine vision in the UK this year. Indeed some of the sessions on camera technology, illumination and optics were so heavily subscribed that they were run for a second time later in the day. The hands-on workshops were also hugely popular.”
The mini trade show attracted exhibitors from Europe, USA and the Far East, and provided an opportunity for visitors to see some of the latest products and technologies for the first time in the UK. Visitors were also able to meet system integrators and gain contacts in the growing area of automation as well as networking with experts in the field of machine vision.
“By structuring the event to provide free refreshments and lunch in the main exhibition hall, we were able to maximise the time visitors had available for networking and looking at exhibits in between attending presentations”, continued Williamson. “Although the VISION show in Stuttgart returns to the world exhibition schedule later this year, many engineers in the UK are unable to attend an event overseas, so the Vision Technology Forum provided a great opportunity to catch up with the latest in the world of vision in a very informal but informative environment.”
As an added bonus, visitors were able to listen to a lunchtime presentation by special guest speaker Richard Noble OBE, who is spearheading the Bloodhound SSC project, a British effort to take the world land speed record to 1000 mph and a project that STEMMER IMAGING is proud to support.