Author Archives: Tony Carpenter

SVL Signs G4 Technology As Distributor in Taiwan

G4 TechnologySmart Vision Lights is building a stronger presence in Asia with the signing of a new partner, G4 Technology Co., Ltd. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, G4 represents an extensive range of machine vision-related products from Europe, Japan, and the U.S., in addition to providing technical services to help companies successfully apply machine vision technology to their applications.

G4 and JM Vistec, another longtime SVL distribution partner, will display our products at the Taipei International Industrial Automation Show at their respective booths, 4F N303 and 4F L1126, August 1-4, 2018.

Taiwan has a diverse and growing manufacturing base, and with machine vision now entering many new vertical markets, SVL sees a great need to service these markets by developing distributor partnerships in Taiwan and throughout Asia.

If you want to become an SVL distributor, please submit a request using our contact form.

SVL Expands Distribution Network to Turkey

Smart Vision Lights’ latest stop in its global expansion is Turkey, where Gokser Vision Measurement Systems has signed on as a distributor. Gokser has a lot of expertise in 2D and 3D vision, as well as in high-end measurement applications. As part of its growth and development strategy in Turkey, this young company sees the need for providing SVL products because of the quality and range we offer.

SVL plans to engage even more with large and small partners across Europe. As machine vision enters more vertical markets than ever before, our need to supply different users will become more pressing. If you want to become an SVL distributor, please submit a request using our contact form.

Next-Gen Tech Dominates European Machine Vision Business Conference

Smart Vision Lights joined more than 150 other machine vision business leaders and technical experts from Europe and beyond for the 16th EMVA Business Conference, June 7-9, 2018. Hosted in the historic seaside town of Dubrovnik, Croatia, the event offered a mix of presentations and panel discussions covering today’s most interesting and pressing matters in machine vision and where the industry is going.

Jeremy White, executive editor of Wired magazine, delivered an engaging keynote on the rise of artificial intelligence — a topic that already is showing broad implications in machine vision. We also heard about real-world applications on the related topic of deep learning in industrial quality inspection. Other subjects included:

  • What to Expect from Machine Vision Innovations for Autonomous Driving
  • Vision Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Inspection 4.0. – Let’s Make It Agile

Networking opportunities were plentiful as well, from the dinner held in Dubrovnik’s Old Town (which survived the war in 1991) to the boating excursion that took us to an uninhabited island in the middle of oyster beds in the Adriatic Sea.

It was very clear from the conference that machine vision keeps growing in depth and breadth of applications and end markets. Well done, EVMA, and we look forward to doing it again next year in Copenhagen.

SVL excursion in the Adriatic Sea

European Machine Vision Business Conference

Smart Vision Lights Bolsters Influence at UK’s UKIVA Conference

Smart Vision Lights Bolsters Influence at UK’s UKIVA Conference

Smart Vision Lights broadens its impact on the machine vision lighting market outside North America, most recently exhibiting at the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition in Milton Keynes, UK.

This was our second year in a row at the event, which drew 550 attendees. Tony Carpenter, SVL’s Director of Sales in Europe and Asia, managed our booth, where we demonstrated three different lighting configurations illuminating a set of Allen keys with an orange handle:

  • White ring light from above (detail of the object)
  • White backlight (profile)
  • Red low angle (showing the orange as white as a contrast to the black keys)

This setup showed that you need not only the right intensity of light but also the right color and angle.


Additionally, the SVL booth showcased our new SX30 (N4)  and RM140 lights, along with some of our other products. We also saw lots of interest in our projector light, which projected the SVL logo over the gangway.

And we can’t forget about Tony making friends with a new type of customer — the robot may be a sign of things to come!


UKIVA Conference


SVL Treks to China for Laser World of Photonics

Smart Vision Lights will be attending Laser World of Photonics China 2018, March 14-16, in Shanghai. Visit SVL distributor JM Vistec System in Hall W5, booth 5527 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center to see a demonstration that uses our S75 spot light as the lighting source. Meet with Tony Carpenter at Asia’s largest trade fair for the photonics industry to learn more about SVL’s products for machine vision and industrial lighting.

laser world Demo Setup

First-Ever UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition in Milton Keynes Arena Worth the Time

Tony Carpenter at First-Ever UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition On April 27, I attended the first-ever UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition at ArenaMK in Milton Keynes, England, and found myself pleasantly surprised. One never knows how these first-time events will turn out, but from my perspective it was a great success. My first clue should have been in how well organized the planners were when communicating with exhibitors and speakers well in advance of the show. The group’s detailed instructions left me feeling confident that these people knew what they were doing.

And it turns out they did. The conference seemed to offer something for everyone in the machine vision and imaging industry. The exhibit hall featured about 50 technical vision seminars and 30 live demonstration stands, all highlighting the latest developments, technologies, and applications within the machine vision and imaging industry. The main themes of the day were 3-D vision, camera technology, software, embedded vision, optics, illumination and lasers, systems and solutions, as well as the basics of vision systems.

Seven theaters, each with eight presenters throughout the day, meant that conference-goers had plenty of topics to choose from—everything from solving imaging bandwidth and cost demands to the “open camera” concept. I took the podium to give an overview of Advances in Machine Vision Illumination and was happy to see only a few vacant seats. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I was among the first to speak that day, when the audience was still fresh and attentive.

An event like this only attracts the people who are in the market and have an interest in knowing more about what’s new, so I had many good discussions that generated leads for new business opportunities. With 500-plus registered guests, the event started slowly but picked up fast. I look forward to returning next year, this time knowing full well what I’m getting myself into.

Tony Carpenter
Smart Vision Lights
Business Development Manager
Europe & Asia