Finding Good Machine Vision Resources Isn’t So Hard Anymore

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Finding information that is not biased or a shrouded sales pitch for a companies products can sometimes be a difficult proposition in today’s open communication society. The world of machine vision is no exception. So when seeking un-biased information, sometimes it can seem like the deck is stacked against you.

Generally when I attempt to seek information regarding general sensor technologies like photoelectric or inductive based sensors, it seems all I can find is company’s web sites encouraging me to consider their products. That’s not necessarily bad if you know what you want or have narrowed down you search. But I have to say that when it comes to machine vision, we’re a little bit luckier. Over the last few years, the vision industry, which has always enjoyed a degree of independence from the rest of the sensor products market, has had better resources deployed by passionate individuals and organizations to address the technology and market. Possibly because I have been involved in this technology for a while, I have slowly built up a list of places I go to get information and views. So I decided why not share some of my sources in the hopes that you may benefit also. Below I have attempted to list some resources to check out and I hope if you have some favorites of your own, you will share also. I have tried to categorize them to help you understand the source better.

Associations or Networking sources:
AIA
SME
LinkedIn

Magazines:
Vision Systems Design
Automation World

Private Blogs:
Andy Wilson’s blog
B Grey’s blog
Aptura MV Solutions blog
Matt @ Cyth Systems blog

I’m certain these are only a few and I tried to show just the blogs not attached to product companies like my own. But if you have a source, like a blog, you think others can benefit from knowing about, feel free to add to this list.

About Mark Sippel
Mark Sippel is the North American Product Marketing Manager for Object ID and Photoelectric sensors with Balluff NA.

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