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Competitive Edge by Knowledge Transfer

1 Mar 2012

Our European Imaging Academy - introduced only a couple of months earlier - has one major aim: supporting you as a user to design your vision solutions faster and with high technical standards in order to gain a competitive edge. Our training supervisor Lars Fermum explains the STEMMER IMAGING training programme's details.

What is being taught in the European Imaging Academy?
Fermum: Our trainings cover all relevant areas of imaging: The first step to a proper solution is the image capture. Only by selecting the optics and lighting suitable for a certain application, inspection and defect characteristics can be made visible. Further training courses discuss the next step: correct image acquisition. Various camera types such as area scan cameras, linescan camera technology, 3D image capture by laser triangulation or stripe light projection offer different ways of acquiring image information. These courses cover these types of image acquisition. Especially important for users is the last step of any imaging application: image analysis. The courses cover topics such as intelligent camera systems and their software packages as well as PC-based software solutions. Starting with simple configurations to complex programmable packages the training courses cover all major topics.

How long do those courses take?
Fermum: Standard courses generally take one to two days, depending on the intensity of coverage. Software training for complex packages requires more time due to the high variety of algorithms and tools available. Client-specific training – either in-house or at the client's premises – requires half a day to two days as well.

Who can attend? Clients only or anyone interested?
Fermum: The European Imaging Academy's training portfolio is available for anyone interested in imaging and machine vision, including our clients of course. Our training courses give attendees the opportunity to deal with recommended system solutions, gather information and get to know the technology. Among our attendees you will find project planners, system developers, operators, students and even University lecturers. You can meet employees from imaging OEMs, system providers, engineering companies, and even small-scale end customers or enterprise employees.

What level of knowledge should attendees bring along?
Fermum: For many smart camera systems it will be sufficient to have a general technical understanding and a certain degree of motivation and curiosity to deal with new technologies. Complex PC-based software packages however require deeper programming knowledge. We generally consult our clients and interested parties beforehand and discuss what technology would be suitable for their specific application. At the same time we recommend the respective training courses to our clients.

How many seats are available for your training courses?
Fermum: Our training premises offer up to 18 seats per course. However, depending on the complexity of the course, we often split large groups and offer additional dates in order to guarantee learning success to every single attendee. We have carried out events with about 60 attendees in our customer centre, with a main focus on presentations. Larger events such as our Technology Days with more than 100 attendees are held on external premises.

What topics do you plan for the near future?
Fermum: 3D imaging is gaining momentum in machine vision. There are various technologies available, and we will increasingly cover these technologies in our training courses in the future. Another recently added course addresses linescan camera technology and shows high-performance technology solutions in this area. Another new 2-day course covers "Planning and designing vision solutions". An overview of the courses and scheduled dates is always up to date and available on our website under Events > Training.

Is the classic training course the only way of attending the European Imaging Academy?
Fermum: No, we are currently developing alternatives such as Mobile Learning and other solutions. We will be able to offer interesting options in the near future. The main target of our activities however is to support our clients, transfer imaging and machine vision knowledge and help them gain a competitive edge in their market.

To whom should enquiries be addressed?
Fermum: The dates for our standard and some special training courses along with further course information can be found on our website. I, or any sales personnel, will be glad to answer questions on any further details and requests for individual dates or special topics.

About Lars Fermum

Lars Fermum joined STEMMER IMAGING in 2000. The qualified educationalist has taken care of trainings and support for smart camera systems ever since. His duties comprise details feasibility studies for hardware and software components, client consulting, vision system design and after-sales client support for various image processing software packages.


Puchheim, Germany

STEMMER IMAGING has been one of the leaders in the machine vision market since 1987. It is one of Europe's largest technology providers in this field. In 1997 STEMMER IMAGING presented Common Vision Blox (CVB), a powerful programming library for fast and reliable development and implementation of vision solutions, which has been deployed successfully throughout the world in more than 80,000 imaging applications in various industries.