Solving challenges with modern image processing and artificial intelligence

Defects in end products, long lead times or disruptions of the supply chain are typical pain points in quality assurance. Many of these can be solved using image processing technology and artificial intelligence.

A forum on computer vision and artificial intelligence organised by IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH as a pioneer in industrial image processing and EIT Manufacturing as an EU-funded innovation community, looked at challenges from different perspectives including eight start-ups who presented their solutions at the IDS site in Obersulm.

Jürgen Hartmann, founder and CEO of IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH opened the forum and welcomed Martin May, Director Innovation Center SCHUNK who spoke about the connection between data and cooperation with start-ups in his company. He concluded that software was taking on an increasingly important role alongside pure components.

Martin May from SCHUNK und IDS CEO Jürgen Hartmann in conversation. (credit: IDS)

Following the industry perspective, eight start-ups presented their image processing solutions for concrete problems. These ranged from quality control in production and logistics to healthcare. “The start-ups have their finger on the pulse. You can see how dynamic the field of image processing actually is,” Ralf Lauterwasser, Managing Director of Steinbeis Beratungszentren GmbH, said enthusiastically afterwards.

The start-ups

After each presentation the audience was invited to ask their questions. (credit: IDS)

The use cases were complemented by a presentation of the concept of the Innovation Park Artificial Intelligence IPAI by Sophie Heinz, who is responsible for brand, marketing and communications at IPAI. The IPAI, a lighthouse project from Baden-Württemberg, aims to become the largest ecosystem for artificial intelligence in Europe. Its foundation stone was laid in Heilbronn at the end of September.

Following the presentations, interest groups met in the various meeting rooms of the b39 Academy, the IDS event building. This allowed contacts to be made and joint project ideas to be developed.

Participantsneworked in breaks and after the event. (credit: IDS)


“We want to think beyond classical imaging and show what is already possible today and where it will still go,” Sigrid Rögner, who drives the topics of innovation and cooperation at IDS as Head of Business Innovation and Ecosystem, summarised the goal of the event.

The audience in Obersulm

Wolfgang Kniejski, Senior Manager Business Creation from EIT Manufacturing added: “As a Europe-wide network for innovators, research institutes and companies from the production environment, we create connections that otherwise would not have come about in this form. Computer vision and artificial intelligence in particular hold potential for industrial companies, which they can usually best leverage with the support of start-ups. The forum showed how great the need for discussion is and how important the exchange of experiences is.”

The two companies plan to continue cooperating closely in the future.

About IDS

IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH is a leading manufacturer of industrial cameras and pioneer in industrial image processing. With the online marketplace visionpier, IDS takes the next step towards future: visionpier enables direct contact between suppliers of finished image processing solutions and interested end customers. This also opens up opportunities for future-oriented solutions for small and medium-sized companies, without having to invest valuable development time.