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DVT Unveils Partnerships

The machine vision vendor announces deals with three additional suppliers at its recent user conference.

Bob Steinke, chief executive officer of DVT Corp., a Duluth, Ga., machine vision supplier, welcomed over 570 attendees to the 2003 edition of the company’s user conference Nov. 2-6 with an explanation of his vision of servant leadership. “Servant Leadership means putting the needs of others ahead of our own,” noted Steinke. “DVT puts the needs of its customers and partners ahead of its own needs.”

Building partnerships has become a trend in the industry and DVT revealed the results of an aggressive pursuit of them.

One communication method lacking in DVT vision products has been the ability to be an OPC (OLE for Process Control) server. The company announced an agreement with software developer Iconics, Foxborough, Mass., for development of OPC drivers for DVT products. The agreement also includes development of cooperative marketing programs.

DVT and Phoenix Contact, a Harrisburg, Pa., supplier of automation components, announced a strategic partnership in which Phoenix Contact will brand-label a power supply and an Ethernet input/output assembly to be used with DVT’s Legend SmartImage vision systems. The preassembled I/O rail system has Ethernet Modbus/TCP protocol with eight built-in digital inputs and eight digital outputs. The I/O board features advanced diagnostics for camera power and an integrated Dsub breakout module.

In addition, DVT announced a partnership with Milford, Ohio-based CTC Parker, in which CTC’s human-machine interface products will be private-labeled and resold by DVT. The agreement includes a subset of CTC’s InteractX software, which will be integrated with DVT's vision software. Also available to the DVT channel will be a bundled software and industrial computer platform.

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