How Lighting Innovations Drive Manufacturing Advancements

Jul 20, 2023
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About This Webinar
Machine vision systems continue to become more powerful as components evolve and advance, but one fact remains the same: lighting represents a key component that drives success in all imaging applications. Growing manufacturing demands require production lines that can create more products with the same tooling, which helps increase OEM productivity while constraining costs.

Doing so, however, has changed the role lights play in machine vision systems. Today’s flexible manufacturing environments require dynamic lighting solutions that feature different lights and methods without having to change out multiple components. As a result, many machine vision systems today feature lighting systems that incorporate bright field, dark field, multispectral, and multifocal point capabilities along with intelligent control systems to generate different light options on demand.

This presentation addresses the ways machine vision light designs are evolving to meet the growing needs of flexible manufacturing and robot systems today, and the benefits that emerge in deploying such systems.

*** This presentation premiered during the 2023 Vision Spectra Conference. For more information on Photonics Media conferences, visit

About the presenter

Steve KinneySteve Kinney, director of training, compliance, and technical solutions at Smart Vision Lights, is an electrical engineer who joined Pulnix America when he entered the machine vision industry in 1998. Working for Basler, JAI, CCS, and now Smart Vision Lights, Kinney has many years of machine vision imaging experience and has become an expert in industrial cameras and imagers.

Since starting work in the lighting sector of machine vision in early 2015, he now combines camera expertise with machine vision lighting to bring an expanded knowledge base to the machine vision market. Kinney has been an active A3 member and is a current member of the A3 board of directors.

He has been a past chairman of the A3’s Camera Link Committee, beginning with its inception in 1999. As chair of one of the major standards committees, he has also been a participant in the G3’s Future Standards Forum. He has also been a major material contributor and instructor for the A3 Certified Vision Professional (CVP) program in both the Basic course and the Advanced CVP Camera and Image Sensor Technology course.
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