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Summit Presentations Are Enlightening



David L. Dechow, Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision Staff Engineer from FANUC is shown here giving his “Challenges and Techniques in Lighting Design for Applications in Vision Guided Robotics” presentation at the Smart Vision Lights’ Innovative Illumination Summit this week.





Summit attendees listen as Alex Shikay, Director of Market Analysis for A3, provides a machine vision market analysis during the Innovative Illumination Summit.

The Summit Is Here

Summit Casey

Nearly 100 machine vision distributors, integrators, and end users gather in Traverse City, Michigan for Smart Vision Lights’ inaugural Innovative Illumination Summit.

Here, Casey Segraves delivers his presentation on “How to Utilize Wavelengths”.




SVL Announces Semi-Finalists in Innovative Illumination Summit Design Contest

ideaWe hope you’re as excited for next week’s Smart Vision Lights inaugural Innovative Illumination Summit as we are. We already know of some people who are very excited for the Summit: the five semi-finalists that will fight to win $2,000 as the winner to our best vision application contest.

Based on the review of our engineering judges, the five finalists are:

  • Clear Bottle Application (by Harris Jones from ACS), which identifies the orientation of a bottle and communicates to servo-driven orienting belts to present correctly turned bottles to front and rear label applicators;
  • Glue Bead Application (by Jake Hall from Industrial Controls), which confirms that a robot properly dispensed a bead of glue around the perimeter of a translucent mirror;
  • Verifying Blade Present (by Russ Berryman from Western Diversified Plastic), which checks and verifies the measurement of a blade present and type of fuse based on a CAD drawing;
  • Fuel Filler Tube Inspection (by Brian Vanderpryt from Indicon), which inspects two components in the frame of a truck using six cameras that are triggered in pairs; and
  • Seat Buckle Installation PositionVarious Subassemblies (by Peter Denzinger from Vista Solution), which inspects a seat belt buckle component to determine the quality and installation position of various sub-assemblies.

All five companies will present their applications at the Summit starting the afternoon of Wednesday, June 8, with the Vision Contest winner being announced at the end of the Summit on Friday, June 10. The first-prize winner will receive $2,000 and a possible write-up in Vision System Design magazine. Second- and third-place entrants will each receive a $500 gift card. Congratulations to all five of the finalists!

And one final reminder, there are still a few discounted hotel rooms and slots available for Smart Vision Light’s two-and-a-half day technical summit available! For more information, go to:

Where to Dine During the Summit

We have been asked recently by various people attending the Summit where are some additional places to dine, besides at restaurants at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Here are a few great options:

Boone’s Long Lake Inn – If you like steak or prime rib, this is the place to go. Nestled right in the heart of Traverse City, Boone’s Long Lake Inn is a charming rustic escape. Their generous portions (you will leave full) of legendary steaks, seafood, prime rib, and many other delectable entrees come together to make their menu a perfect blend of savory and gourmet flavors.

Red Ginger – If you are more in the mood for Asian food, check out the Red Ginger. They are located in the heart of downtown Traverse City next to the historic State Theater. Red Ginger’s menu celebrates all of the excitement, allure, and interest that makes Asian cuisine deliciously satisfying while sourcing the highest of quality ingredients available, and embracing local and seasonal product.

The Franklin – Located in downtown Traverse City, The Franklin has a 2nd floor patio that allows you to overlook downtown while you enjoy their American-style food and pizza.

Poppycocks – Located on Front Street in beautiful downtown Traverse City, Poppycock’s provides a casual contemporary atmosphere while serving American-style cuisines. They have been featured in the New York Times, in John Denver specials, countless magazines, and have won numerous awards.

Seven Monks – Known for there great beer selection (including 46 different beers on tap), Seven Monks is located in downtown Traverse City. Besides being known for their beer selection, their burgers are top notch.

Aerie Restaurant & Lounge – Aerie Restaurant & Lounge is the crown jewel in Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s trove of dining experiences. Located on the 16th floor of the Tower – with panoramic views of Grand Traverse Bay, Northern Michigan’s regional beauty, and conversation-stopping sunsets – Aerie has always been a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Tempus Fugit

SVL_Summit_seat_graphicBook your room by May 15th or you’ll pay more IF a room is available for the latest machine vision lighting training!

Smart Vision Lights’ inaugural Innovative Illumination Summit is just weeks away. If you’re attending and haven’t yet reserved your room(s) at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, where the Summit is taking place, we suggest that you do so today!

After May 15th, any remaining rooms we have reserved will be released to the general public. They will go fast, so don’t wait!

Latest Summit happenings:

  • A welcoming party will be held Wednesday, June 8, from 5-7 p.m.
  • The Summit golf outing scheduled for June 10 will begin at noon and will be held on the the championship course, The Bear designed by Jack Nicklaus. Call the clubhouse at 231-534-6000 to reserve one of the blocked tee times for Summit guests. Call soon before all of the spots are taken!

Prepare for two and a half days of technical training and seminars about machine vision systems and lighting by booking your room today!

Show Us Yours, We’ll Show You Ours

Guy_With_Blue_Light copyYour ingenuity could earn you $2,000 in cash or product from Smart Vision Lights.

As part of the Innovative Illumination Summit, Smart Vision Lights is holding a contest to find the best vision applications featuring one or more of our LED arrays. Several finalists will be invited to present during the Summit. The winner will be chosen by Summit attendees during the event.

If you have a simple, single light application, complicated multi-light, creative, or knowledgeable example of our products being used in the field, we want to hear about it.

The first prize winner gets $2,000 in cash or company credit and a chance at a write-up in Vision System Design magazine. Second and third place entries will each receive a $500 gift card.

To enter, please go to to get more information and fill out an application form. But hurry! The deadline is April 29.

Plan on Fun at the Smart Vision Lights Innovative Illumination Summit

Golf bag

Smart Vision Lights’ Innovative Illumination Summit, set for June 8-10, 2016, will have numerous opportunities for networking, education, and informative exhibits. but you know what they say about all work and no play. That’s why the Summit will feature some leisure-time activities that you and your guest are sure to enjoy.

There will be a welcome party starting at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8; and then once the Summit wraps up the morning of Friday, June 10, there will be an afternoon of fun in and around Traverse City, MI.

Nearby leisure activities include golf; winery, distillery and pub tours; tall ship cruises, canoe trips, and much, much more! Plan to stay for fun once the work is done!

Industry Experts Share Vision During Summit

Smart Vision Lights’ first-ever Innovative Illumination Summit, scheduled for June 8-10, 2016, will not only have exhibits, contests, and fun. We’ve assembled an all-star line-up of speakers who will inform and entertain you on a number of exciting topics:


  • Keynote speaker Bob Steinke grew DVT from a small machine vision company in Georgia to an internationally known company. Bob also received an award from A3 as the inventor of the Smart Camera. Bob is an outstanding speaker and motivator, and you won’t want to miss him.
  • Ray Hook is the Senior Manager of Global Serialization for PCI pharma services. As a leading contract pharmaceutical packager, PCI has put together a global team of experts to roll out serialization equipment and update their packaging lines worldwide. As part of this team, Ray heads up the engineering arm of the team and directs serialization engineers in the various PCI facilities globally. Today, he is using his extensive machine vision and database background to help PCI, meet the US-DSQA (along with mandates from other countries) deadline of placing unique serial numbers on individual prescription packages, and aggregating them to bundles, cases, and pallets as needed, by November 2017.
  • Jeff Burnstein is the president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the parent group of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control and Motors Association (MCMA). Jeff is a frequent commentator on issues such as the impact of automation on jobs and the future of automation beyond the factory floor.
  • Alex Shikany is director of Market Analysis for A3. He researches and reports statistics for the robotics, vision, and motion control markets. Alex also develops market opportunity studies and white papers for the automation industry on key issues such as the impact of robots on employment, and end user insights into collaborative robotics.
  • David L. Dechow is staff engineer for Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision at FANUC. He has worked in the field of machine vision for over 30 years as a programmer, engineer, and manager and is widely recognized as a leading expert in the area of machine vision integration and technology.
  • Michael Strong is an industry scientist for the Lighting and Electronics Application Engineering group at Dow Corning Corp. He has spent the last 28 years working on applications of silicone materials for the electronics and lighting industries. Michael was one of the scientists who invented and developed the Moldable Optical Silicone materials currently being used in LED lighting systems.

Get Technical at Our Innovative Illumination Summit

Smart Vision Lights’ Innovative Illumination Summit, planned for June 8-10, 2016, will live up to its name with a number of illuminating technical presentations by members of the Smart Vision Lights team.

filtersOn Wednesday, June 8, Smart Vision Lights’ Director of Engineering, Matt Pinter, will present a training session on measuring and application for lighting. Later that day, Matt will discuss the finer points of high-speed imaging, followed by presentations on UV-florescence applications and matching applications to illumination wavelengths on Thursday.

tl305Also on Thursday, June 9, Ray Hook will talk about the specialized lighting for highly reflective surfaces, including his contribution to the development of Smart Vision Lights’ TL305 Diffuse On & Off Axis Light. Ray is senior manager of Global Serialization for PCI pharma services and leads a global team of experts to roll out serialization equipment and update their packaging lines worldwide.

Finally, on Friday, Jun 10, Smart Vision Lights’ Business Development Manager, Chris Gray, will talk about lighting filters, shrouds, and other tricks with applications, while Matt will help round out the Summit with a presentation on the latest advances in LED lighting in machine vision.

We hope that along with fun and fellowship, the Innovative Illumination Summit will leave you better educated and informed about our industry.

Get CVP-Certified at the Innovative Illumination Summit

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 2.14.48 PMYou’ve heard about the Smart Vision Lights Innovative Illumination Summit, which is scheduled for June 8-10 in Traverse City, MI. But did you know that at the Summit, AIA is offering basic and advanced Certified Vision Professional (CVP) testing?

Both exams will be available for administration at the Summit on June 8 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

The costs are $175 for the Basic test and $495 for the Advanced test. The Basic exam takes about an hour, while the Advanced exam takes about two hours. One free retake is included if a passing grade is not obtained on the first try.

AIA offers free review materials for the CVP-Basic exam at Review materials for the CVP-Advanced exam are available in .pdf format on a flash drive. The drive costs $375, and is available at

Basic certification covers:
• The Fundamentals of Machine Vision
• Beginning Lighting for Machine Vision
• Beginning Optics for Machine Vision
• Camera and Image Sensor Technology Basics
• Image Processing Fundamentals

Advanced certification covers:
• Advanced Color Theory and Applications
• Reliable Vision Application Development
• 3D Vision Technology
• Non-Visible Imaging Theory and Techniques
• Designing High-Speed and Linescan Vision Systems
• Advanced Vision Lighting
• Advanced Optics for Vision
• Metrology and 2D Calibration Techniques
• Particle Analysis and Classification Techniques
• Advanced Camera and Image Sensor Technology
• Advanced Vision Guided Robotics
• Advanced Machine Vision Integration

Getting certified means securing your CVP credentials. Taking the CVP-Advanced level exam without prior classes is only recommended for experienced vision professionals. Continuing education every three years is required to maintain certification.

Summit attendees can register to take the exams at