IMAGO Technologies is the inventor of the VisionBox – a family of embedded computers optimized for machine vision and similar applications. IMAGO is looking back on a company history of more than 20 years, but our daily challenge are future products. Our intention is to create computer systems which fulfill all the tasks needed to set up a competitive vision system.
IMAGO Technologies is a Producer of Machine Vision Embedded Computer Families Called VisionBox and VisionCam.
These computers are used by OEM machine producers for industrial image processing applications. They meet special requirements of machine builders which are related to real-time processing, compactness and long-term deliverability.
Our company is located in Friedberg near Frankfurt/Main (Germany). In addition to computers or intelligent cameras, we develop systems which perfectly match the customer’s needs. These include the integration of cameras, machine interface, and communication into the IT infrastructure. Our work does not include the application programmer – that is usually your job. Feel free to ask our skilled experts.
VisionBox® and VisionCam® logos are registered trademarks of IMAGO Technologies GmbH.
Memberships | Organizations
We are a member of one of the most important industrial associations in Europe.
The VDMA represents an alliance of approximately 3000 mostly mid-sized companies from the mechanical engineering area.
History & Company
A lot of technologies are needed to invent a reliable image processing computer. Computing architectures, processors, memories, FPGA, interfaces, BIOS, firmware, software, driver, OS,…it is not a foregone conclusion that a computer works.
In addition the peripheral components are a part of a sub system. They need to be integrated and tested as well.
1994 – 2004
In the first decade, the company was active as a system integrator in different fields of machine vision. Some examples from that decade show the progress of used technologies and the ideas behind them:
- Quality system to check the canule tip, realized with 2 cameras and telecentric lenses.
- Robot shaver: A robot able to identify the face of a human in 3D and to shave specific positions on the face of a man automatically.
A linear unit, a 6-axis robot, the robot hand and the cameras were managed by a specific language for vision applications.
- Control of a robot to mount the tie rod of a car automatically through a 3D vision system.
All the experience from the first decade of the company’s history still serve as a basis to create practical usable vision computers.
From 2004 Until Today
We focus on embedded computers and smart cameras based on a real-time operating system and processors from Texas Instruments or ones based on Windows / Linux OS in combination with x86 embedded processors.
In 1994, the company was founded in a small village just outside of Friedberg. With the growing demand of office space, the company moved to Florstadt in the East of Friedberg. To extend the storage and production squaremeter, the company moved back to Friedberg in 2011. Today, a whole building offers space to produce all the different types of products, working areas for engineers and administration and areas for product qualification.
In 1994, the company was founded as “Strampe Systemelektronik” by Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Strampe who was – at that time – already an expert in the field of image processing and FPGA.
Strampe developed the company from a system integrator to an inventor and manufacturer of embedded vision computer. Always in a team of committed and creative engineers the company invented several generations of single and multi core real time computer, multi computer systems, smart cameras and for machine vision specialized x86 machines.
In 2009 the new name “IMAGO Technologies GmbH” has been introduced. The Latin name “Imago” illustrates is the main focus of our machines: computing on images.
Today, a great team of experienced and younger well-edcucated engineers are the core of IMAGO Technologies. Sales – production and administration experts take care that products are sold and produced.
We have experts in the fields of electronic schematic design, high-speed multi layer layout, FPGA firmware, C++ firmware, DLL, hardware and communication interfaces, OS, Real Time OS and a lot of knowledge to provide application programmers with the perfect setup of a computer system. In addition, we have a professional financial management as well as experienced colleagues responsable for the mounting and setup of all the different types of computers and cameras.
Customers of IMAGO are machine builder and system integrators with a strong focus on series products. Based on our products we design ODM and OEM long-term solutions.
IMAGO Technologies GmbH is part of a medium-sized group of companies. While the IMAGO team concentrates on vision components ANTARES VISION is an expert for vision systems and inspection machines mainly for the pharmaceutical industry. Together both companies employ more than 180 poeple. Imago and Antares are located in the heart of Europe: Imago in the north of Frankfurt/Main, Antares in Brescia in the East of Milan.
History is one part of a story – but the future is of more interest. Machine Vision is a sector where a lot of different applications and requirements force the manufacturer of components to offer a wide spectrum of devices.
In the future we will find answers for the following questions:
- Reliable transmission of high-speed data coming from new fast and high resolution cameras
- More computing power due to the fact that camera data are increasing dramatically and algorithms are becoming more clever and complex
- More computing power able to be installed inside or near the machine to create a local intelligent system for the vision application
- More and new interfaces in the field of communication between sensors, machine units and the world of IT
- Machine Vision is a key technology of Industry 4.0. What does it means? How can data extracted from images be abstracted to provide information for the industry 4.0 strategy?
- The necessity to reduce the overall power consumption of production machines to save energy – one part are the vision computer and peripheral components
- Abstraction of more complex firmware and software to allow a faster productive development of applications
Which challenge are you thinking about?