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SVL’s Steve Kinney Introduces SWIR Imaging for IMVE Webcast Series

Steve Kinney, Smart Vision Lights’ Western Sales Manager, kicked off Imaging and Machine Vision Europe’s (IMVE’s) recent webinar series on new technologies for infrared imaging with a presentation titled “An Introduction to Short-Wave Infrared Imaging (SWIR).”

Ranging from 1050 nm to 2500 nm, SWIR wavelengths are not visible to the human eye. But they work in a similar manner as visible wavelengths in that they are reflected by an object under inspection. This allows for a strong contrast when imaging objects, which is essential for high-resolution imaging used in machine vision applications.

Use of SWIR imaging is finding increasing application in machine vision because it significantly extends the image capture and analysis possibilities enabled by visible sensors. A key part of the technology’s adoption is the recent emergence of narrowband high-power SWIR LEDs, which offer a flexible alternative to conventional broadband SWIR sources. Emitting at peak wavelengths of 1050, 1200, 1300, 1450, and 1550 nm, these LEDs share identical configurations as visible LED lighting, greatly simplifying the adoption and setup of SWIR inspection schemes.

Kinney’s webinar is still available online. If you weren’t able to be a part of the live broadcast, you can view it by going here.

Smart Vision Lights Takes Automate 2019

Automate 2019, one of the biggest shows in our industry, was held April 8-11 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. If you are not familiar with this show, it is a must-attend for anyone in the automation industry as it showcases all the different technologies being used today.

Smart Vision Lights had its own booth where we proudly displayed some of our new products:

Sales, engineers, customer service representatives, along with President Dave Spaulding and Director of Engineering Matt Pinter, were on-hand to answer any questions for visitors. While walking the sprawling exhibitor floor, some SVL team members spotted a number of our lights being used in other booths.

Here are just a few that were on display:

Along with static displays with our lights, there were some rather impressive demos at follow exhibitor booths. Check-out our YouTube page for some videos from the show floor.

This show is very important for us because it gives us the opportunity to catch-up with our distributors and partners, see what other needs may be out there, and, more importantly, get direct feedback from the field and industry. All of this only helps us serve the industry in a better and more efficient fashion.

The next Automate show will be held May 17-21, 2021 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI. For more information about this show, see their website.

Update: Smart Vision Lights’ New Facility

A few months back, we announced that we are constructing a new facility to better serve our customers and partners. With that, we wanted to share an update on our new building.

Construction is in full swing on our new 36,000 square foot facility located in Norton Shores, Michigan. This new facility will have enough space for designing and engineering, including areas for various demonstrations, a dedicated training facility, assembly space and administrative offices. Along with this added space, we hope to be able to add 15 jobs over the next couple of years.

Another exciting aspect of this new facility is that it will be solared powered. As you can see, they have now been fully installed.

Check back soon for more exciting updates!