More than 500 users, distributors and integrators of DVT Corp.’s vision systems gathered in Las Vegas Sept. 14-16 for the company’s annual users conference. There were many training sessions, exhibits in a trade show area by DVT and partners, and ample networking time, enabling attendees to share ideas about vision application best practices.
Last year, Duluth, Ga.-based DVT announced a partnership with Iconics, a Foxborough, Mass., software supplier who has also been a leading proponent of OPC, an open connectivity standard. Iconics was to write an OPC server for DVT's vision products. That product is now released and available for free download from the DVT Web site. In fact, Chief Executive Officer Bob Steinke reiterated in the strongest terms DVT's philosophy that software to support the product should be free to the user.
DVT also showed new applications for its recently released line scan camera, with speeds great enough to scan a rotating can and "unwrap" the label for inspection. The company also completely updated its main software and renamed it "Intellect." Company research and development leaders said that the goal was to make it easier and more intuitive than previous versions, called FrameWork.
DVT was founded based on research by vision engineers at Georgia Tech University. The decision was made early on to bring in marketing professionals to run the business, because so many companies run by their technical founders flounder. DVT, still privately held, just announced the completion of its first acquisition—MTI Machine Vision. MTI, which was founded by engineers from Brown University, has developed some powerful algorithms, especially for optical character recognition. Steinke said that the first meetings of the two groups of engineers has resulted in many new ideas, as each had different approaches to vision systems. MTI software will be incorporated into future generations of DVT vision sensors.