Welcome to the one-year anniversary issue of Industrial Photonics. Thanks for reading and for all the other ways you may have participated over the first year, including sharing comments about the publications in general and about specific articles; thanks also for comments posted to Industrial Forum at www.IndPhotonics.com. I encourage you to check out all the resources available at the magazine website, from the Photonics Handbook, Photonics Dictionary Plus and laser charts on the EDU pages, to the Photonics Buyers’ Guide online, our popular webinar archives and Light Matters Weekly Newscast.
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In the market for a vision system? The road to success may be filled with jarring and sway, according to contributing editor Hank Hogan. He writes in our cover story, “Picking a Camera, for Control and Profit,” that any number of variables, including lighting, vibration and dust, can affect the results you get from cameras and vision systems for industrial control applications. The feature begins on page 1.
Also in this issue:
“CO2 Laser Machine Tools Speed Sign Cutting,” by Robert W. Boyes, Coherent Inc., on page 8;
“Ultrafast Lasers Enable Improvements in Microprocessing,” by Tim Gerke, Fianium Inc., on page 12; and,
“Industrial Applications of Laser Profiling,” by Andrew MacGregor, Dataray Inc., on page 15.
I hope you enjoy this first anniversary issue of Industrial Photonics. Thanks to all who have contributed to the publication’s success. As always, I invite your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.