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Leading machine vision and logistics expert joins Bytronic

Bytronic Vision Intelligence has strengthened its UK/ European logistics team with the appointment of expert vision engineer Iain Clowery.

Iain joins UK-based Bytronic as technical manager specialising in vision and ID after a career in vision and logistics engineering spanning almost 30 years.

During two decades at the global machine vision supplier Cognex he helped develop the software that powers the cameras and imaging software now used by many of the world’s largest companies.

In his new role, he will work with Bytronic’s growing list of logistics customers, building vision projects to help improve productivity and deliver efficiencies as the industry enters a new post-pandemic phase.

Martin Hurworth, CEO of Bytronic, said: “Iain joining us is a real endorsement of our team and a sign of our reputation in the industry. His technical knowledge of vision is second to none. Our partnership with Cognex has never been stronger, and now with Iain on the team that will only get better, allowing us to help more customers transform their productivity with vision.

Iain’s work at Cognex involved helping to develop the AI inside the 3D-A1000 dimensioning camera that captures 2D and 3D images of moving objects on high-speed shipping lines.

He also worked on the deep learning technology that allows Cognex VisionSuite software to perform inspections once considered impossible beyond the human eye.

With Bytronic being rated Platinum as a Partner Systems Integrator for Cognex since 2014, and more recently Logistics Partner Integrator since 2021, Iain is joining a team of familiar faces at its Innovation Campus; a team with exclusive access to the latest logistics integration solutions from Cognex.

Iain Clowery, vision and logistics engineer for Bytronic, said: “I’ve known of Bytronic for a long time so I’m really looking forward to the new challenge. The team here is Cognex’s ‘go-to’ team for logistics integration and vision expertise. This, plus the variety of projects in logistics and factory automation was the big draw for me.

“The logistics industry is consolidating after shipping went through the roof during the pandemic. Lots of new buildings went up and these big companies now all need automation to work smarter and more efficiently. That’s where we step in.

Bytronic has seen a rise in requests for vision systems from companies with global manufacturing sites, with new projects in Canada, Norway, Switzerland and Indonesia within the last six months.

While much of its work is done under confidentiality agreements, its customers include household names in consumer goods, food and beverage, logistics, automotive and battery manufacturing.