What does 2020 hold for businesses across the machine vision, automation and robotic landscapes?
MVPro has sought to find out by getting the thoughts of various businesses in each sector via the quickfire five Q&A, which offers an insight into how each business views 2020 and what was the highlight of 2019.
In the latest in this on-going series… Jeremy Goldstein, owner and co-CEO of Navitar, Inc.
What will be the biggest trend in machine vision / robotics / automation in 2020?
A big trend in 2020 will be the need for actively aligned lens and camera modules for higher resolution machine vision applications. Smaller pixels and larger sensors are driving the need for fast, high resolution lenses. Customers are looking for more accuracy, more repeatability and higher quality images. Manually attaching lenses and cameras, with standard mechanical mounts often result in poor to mediocre images due to the manufacturing tolerances. The alignment process ensures the full capability of the lens and sensor are carried over to the completed module. I think more and more customers will realise the benefits of this process.
What do you predict will be the biggest challenge in 2020?
When companies are working on something new, they want something special. They want integrated camera and lens systems that are not commercially available today. Navitar will be busy designing leading-edge vision solutions that will enable companies to do the impossible in 52 countries around the world.
What are the company’s plans for 2020?
We plan to expand our custom lens and camera capabilities, focus on 4K/8K applications using larger sensors, make 10 GigE available to our customers, and deliver high quality optical solutions to meet the demands of innovative next gen customer applications.
What industry event are you looking forward to attending in 2020 and why?
I am looking forward to Photonics West. This year Navitar plans to introduce several new cameras, large FOV imaging lenses, microscope objectives, and camera/lens modules, not to mention launch our Beyond 2020 Vision campaign at the show.
Looking back over the past year, what have been the business highlights?
Over the past year, Navitar has been dedicated to new product development on both the lens and camera side. Our designs incorporate advanced vision technology to provide higher resolution, greater fields of view, faster and more repeatable zooming, and greater quantum efficiency. During 2019, we enhanced our lens and sensor active alignment capabilities, enabling us to offer accurate, cost-effective production of high resolution, precision camera modules to customers within the automotive, virtual reality, augmented reality, drone, surveillance and agricultural industries.