Machine vision camera maker Basler acquires Silicon Software

July 19, 2018
Basler continues to expand its product portfolio for computer vision applications with this transaction. 
(Courtesy of Basler)
From left to right: Klaus-Henning Noffz (CEO, Silicon Software), Dietmar Ley (CEO, Basler AG), Ralf Lay (CEO, Silicon Software).
From left to right: Klaus-Henning Noffz (CEO, Silicon Software), Dietmar Ley (CEO, Basler AG), Ralf Lay (CEO, Silicon Software).

Basler AG (Ahrensburg, Germany), a manufacturer of industrial cameras, has acquired all of the shares of Silicon Software GmbH (Mannheim, Germany), effective immediately. The two managing directors of Silicon Software, Klaus-Henning Noffz and Ralf Lay, will continue in leadership positions.

Basler continues to expand its product portfolio for computer vision applications with this transaction. The company noted that, with the high data rates of next-generation image sensors, easy-to-use high-performance image acquisition cards are becoming increasingly important. By combining Basler's cameras with intelligent image acquisition cards from Silicon Software, customers will receive solutions from a single source, which allows pre-processing and on-board analysis of image data, and enables cost-cutting potential. The graphical programming of the vision processors via Silicon Software's VisualApplets software leads to shorter development times and faster time-to-market cycles for customers.

Noffz and Lay said, "The strategic alignment of the two companies fits very well together. Basler and Silicon Software, founded in 1997, can now offer solutions from image acquisition to analysis for all performance areas worldwide. These two brands also stand for innovations in embedded and Industry 4.0."

Source: Basler

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Conard Holton has 25 years of science and technology editing and writing experience. He was formerly a staff member and consultant for government agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and engineering companies such as Bechtel. He joined Laser Focus World in 1997 as senior editor, becoming editor in chief of WDM Solutions, which he founded in 1999. In 2003 he joined Vision Systems Design as editor in chief, while continuing as contributing editor at Laser Focus World. Conard became editor in chief of Laser Focus World in August 2011, a role in which he served through August 2018. He then served as Editor at Large for Laser Focus World and Co-Chair of the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar from August 2018 through January 2022. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, with additional studies at the Colorado School of Mines and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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