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Automation Technologies 2/2014

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Automation Technologies 2/2014

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News and Markets Basler: website now also available in Chinese, Japanese and Russian The website of the camera manufacturer Basler is now available not only in German and English but also in Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Interested parties and customers in these important and emerging markets can now receive information on the range of digital industrial cameras, the technologies used and the company itself directly in the language of their country. The aim of this website is not only to inform those visiting it about Basler products but also to offer assistance through reliable online tools in order to choose the right camera for their application. A camera selector and localised interface advisor are also available. In the future, all news will also be downloadable in the languages of these countries so that interested parties and customers can keep up to date on new products, technological innovations and interesting events. www.baslerweb.com An eye on the US market Chromasens GmbH from Constance, Germany, provider of image recording and processing systems, has appointed three distributors for the North-American market: North Coast Technical for the Mid-West, Motion Analysis for the West Coast and Cooper Vision Technologies for Canada. The new partners sell the company‘s entire product range: CCD-line cameras, LED-lighting systems for line cameras, multi-spectral cameras and 3D-imaging solutions. As Chromasens reports, all distributors have strong image processing know-how, enabling them to competently consult OEMs and system integrators in customerspecific projects. Each company sells imaging components for image processing, microscopy, science, safety and military and the industrial imaging market. The product range goes from line cameras and Frame Grabber to lenses and lighting systems to software and peripheral devices. A shared claim was configuring customised solutions that are innovative, cost-efficient and reliable at the same time. www.chromasens.de Harald Wessels is the new technical spokesperson of Safety Network In Harald Wessels, the user organisation Safety Network International e.V. based in Ostfildern, Germany, has a new technical spokesperson. He will represent the user organisation with regard to technical issues that involve technical committees, and promote the further development of SafetyNET p. Harald Wessels has longstanding experience in the product management of components in industrial communication technology. After graduating at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he worked as an Application and Service Engineer at Phoenix Contact in the field bus system department, before becoming Product Manager for Communication Technology at the company Friedrich Lutze GmbH. Over the last 15 years, he has worked in product management at Hirschmann Automation and Control. Safety Network International e.V. is an independent user organisation that supports the communication systems SafetyNET p and SafetyBUS p. www.safety-network.org AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 2/2014

North American Machine Vision Market Exceeds Growth Expectations Total sales of machine vision components and systems in North America grew over 9 % in 2013, more than double the initially forecasted growth according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry’s trade group. Total machine vision sales include sales of machine vision systems and components. Last year’s surge in growth is due to an increase in sales of machine vision systems, which is comprised of application specific machine vision systems (ASMV) and smart cameras. Machine vision systems grew 11 % in 2013. While sales of machine vision systems were up, sales of machine vision components remained flat. www.visiononline.org 20 th birthday of Turck China Turck China will celebrate its 20 th anniversary in Tianjin this year. During this period, the subsidiary has combined full-range of products and solutions with engineering services. With toprated technical support and a vibrant sales network, the company has paved the way for the rapid development in China. Today, Turck China has grown into an important global sales, service and production hub and is known as a complete automation components supplier and a reliable comprehensive automation solution provider. www.turck.com Wibu-Systems presents the new “Protection Suite” which protects and licenses software applications Wibu-Systems announces its new “Wibu-Systems Protection Suite” – the all-in-one CodeMeter encryption and licensing tool that enables manufacturers to quickly and easily protect their ready-made software and their know-how against piracy and reverse engineering, and safeguard their equipment from tampering or cyber-attacks (picture). It also includes the automatic “AxProtector” encryption tool for software applications, and “ExProtector”, an encryption tool specially designed for embedded operating systems. For native code, manufacturers can integrate Code- Meter directly in the source code and encrypt single functions individually using “IxProtector”. All AxProtector variants have one element in common: protected programs are processed into something similar to a self-extracting archive, which is then loaded without any modification of the operating system. ExProtector integrates instead directly into the loading mechanism of the operating system, offering a signature validation check before executing any protected program. In pursue of a broader awareness of security in the industrial world, Wibu-Systems will be next showcasing at the Industrial Automation Beijing, China, May 7-9. In association with Protect-Ing, a working group within VDMA – the German Engineering Federation, Wibu-Systems will take part in a special initiative held on May 8 th . At the VDMA Forum, Oliver Winzenried, also CEO of Wibu-Systems Shanghai, will talk about Embedded Security for Protection against Reverse Engineering and Product Piracy at 3.50 pm. www.wibu.com AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 2/2014

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