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SERVICES

Contract machine vision engineering services for automation companies and manufacturers.

Free evaluation studies, using client-supplied parts, to determine the feasibility of potential machine vision applications.

Complete vision system designs, indicating the optimal components, locations, working distances, resolutions, interfaces, computers, and software.

Installation, configuration, unit testing, and integration testing.  Acceptance testing in manufacturing environments.

Accuracy, repeatability, and gauge R&R studies where required.

Documentation and on-site machine vision training for manufacturing engineers and technicians.

Optimization, diagnostic, and upgrade services for legacy vision systems.

Second-opinion evaluations of proposed new vision systems.
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TECHNOLOGIES
Image Analysis
Cameras
Lenses
Optics
Lighting
Software
IMAGE ANALYSIS

Masking
Calibration
Morphology
Binarization
Histograms
Blob Analysis
Image Filtering
Regions of Interest
Barcode/Data Matrix Reading
Character Recognition/Verification
Sub-Pixel Resolution Edge Detection
Edge Based Geometric Pattern Matching
Normalized Grayscale Correlation Pattern Matching


CAMERAS

Smart Cameras
Monochrome and Color Sensors
Area Scan and Line Scan Imagers
GigE Vision and Camera Link Interfaces
Basler Ace GigE Vision Camera
LENSES

Extension Tubes
Telecentric Lenses
Microscope Objectives
High Resolution Lenses
Modulation Transfer Function Analysis
Opto-Engineering Telecentric Lens
OPTICS

Prisms
Beamsplitters
Polarization Filters
Narrow Bandpass Filters
Multiple-View Prism Assemblies
Chrome-on-Glass Calibration Grids
Variable Frequency Resolution Targets
Midwest Optics Bandpass Filters
LIGHTING

IR Lights
UV Lights
Backlights
Bar Lights
Spot Lights
Ring Lights
Dome Lights
Darkfield Lights
Flat Dome Lights
Structured Lights
Fiber Optic Lights
Linescan Illuminators
DOAL: Direct On Axis Lighting
DOALs
SOFTWARE

NI VBAI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection
Cognex In-Sight Explorer
Microsoft Visual Studio
Basler Python SDK
Cognex In-Sight Explorer

ABOUT
 
Nelson Bridwell

Senior Machine Vision Engineer
Qualifications
Accomplishments
Professional Activities
Education
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QUALIFICATIONS

- Intimately familiar with the effective use of industrial machine vision software, cameras, interfaces, lenses, optics, filters, and lighting.
- AIA Certified Vision Professional – Advanced.
- Have found effective solutions to challenging machine vision problems that others considered impossible.
- Experienced Visual C++/C software engineer.
- Strong troubleshooting skills.
- Creative out-of-the-box thinker.
- Effective writer and communicator.
- Customer-oriented.
Certified Vision Professional - Advanced
ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Writing Book:
Machine Vision in the Factory.
- 20 chapters covering hardware, software, and procedures.
- 35 practical exercises, using free Cognex vision software and camera images or downloaded pictures.


Photonics Media Webinar
Optimizing Vision Systems to Maximize Product Quality and Yield,
May 19, 2016


The Vision Show 2016 Conference - Boston
Vision Challenges & Success Stories Session 3
Optimizing Vision Systems to Maximize Product Quality and Yield,
May 3, 2016



Vision System Design Magazine:
Maximizing Product Quality and Yield Using Vision Systems,
February 15, 2016


Quality Magazine
:
Set Your Limits, July 2, 2014


Senior Vision Engineer: ATS Systems Oregon (8 years)
- Prototyped, designed, configured, tested, and delivered more than a dozen successful automated manufacturing systems that each employed between 1 and 20 cameras.
- Extensive experience with Cognex In-Sight Explorer.
- Experienced user of NI Vision Builder software and GigE Vision cameras.
- Wrote successful 15 camera Visual C++ vision application (edge detectors, blob analysis, GigE Vision SDK).
- Set up vision prototyping lab.
- Laser safety officer.


Writer for Aviation Week and Space Technology website
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Senior Software Engineer: Intel
Portland Technology Development (17 years)
- Co-designed, coded (C++ on UNIX), and tested custom in-house SPC application.
- Installed and maintained fab WIP-tracking software.
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PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
Portland Chapter -  founder & president (3 years)

- Arranged guest speaker presentations on UAVs, the 2005 and 2007 DARPA Grand/Urban Challenge, the Intel OpenCV computer vision library, Microsoft Robotics Studio, and industrial machine vision applications.
- Meeting attendance: 10-100 professional engineers.

Conferences Attended:

- Canadian Machine Vision Conference
   Oct 20, 2016, Vancouver, BC 
- The Vision Show
   May 3-5, 2016 - Boston, MA
- AIA Vision in Life Sciences Conference
   Nov 19, 2015 - San Diego, CA
- Automate 2013
   Jan 21-24, 2013 - Chicago, IL
- Robots and Vision Show 2009
- Robots and Vision Show 2007
- DARPA Urban Challenge 2007
- International Conference on Robots and Automation 2006
- DARPA Grand Challenge 2005
- International Conference on Advanced Robotics 2005
- AAAI Symposium on Developmental Robotics 2005
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EDUCATION

Master of Science - Computer Science: Northwestern University
Bachelors of Science - Engineering:
Northwestern University
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CITIZENSHIP

USA
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COMMENDATIONS
Nelson and I came into a large and complex vision project on a machine at one of our divisions that was poorly executed by an external vision contractor who was let go 2/3rds of the way through the project. The project had 14 cameras each performing different and difficult inspection tasks, and the software, documentation and specifications were left in incomplete and unknown states. Nelson did a great job navigating the company out of this difficult predicament by stepping in and taking the system through to successful completion, while spending many days far away from home at that division. The customer is happy with and is using the equipment actively.

Jay Stavnitzky, Senior Vision Engineer
ATS Automation Tooling Systems
I have worked with Nelson for over 8 years and have found him to be a well-educated resource for machine vision and the associated accoutrements. His knowledge of lensing, lighting and algorithm development is vast and current with today’s technology. Need an explanation or usage case for a special pre-processing filter? Nelson has the experience, the answer and the ability to help. If you are ever in need of a vision expert to get you through a tough project, I would recommend Nelson.

Paul Woodhouse, Automation Sales Engineer
Olympus Controls
Nelson has been our number 1 vision engineer at ATS for the last 8 years. He is very talented and good with people.
He should really write a book!

Joe Sullivan, Senior Mechanical Engineer
ATS Automation Tooling Systems
RESOURCES
Hardware
Software
Associations
Conferences
Webinars
Magazines
Books
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HARDWARE

Lighting

Optics

Cameras
Advanced Illumination Bar Light

LIGHTING

Advanced Illumination

CCS

Metaphase

Microscan

ProPhotonics

Smart Vision Lights

Spectrum Illumination
Advanced Illumination Darkfield Ring Light
OPTICS

Cognex Lens Advisor

Edmund Optics

Midwest Optical Systems

Navitar

Navitar Optical Wizard

Opto-Engineering

Qioptiq

Schneider Optics

Davitar Machine Vision Lenses
CAMERAS

Allied Vision Technologies

Basler

Baumer

Cognex

Datalogic

E2V

IFM

JAI

SICK

Teledyne Dalsa
Basler Boa Cameras
SOFTWARE

Cognex

Datalogic

Matrox

Microscan

MVTec

National Instruments

Teledyne Dalsa


ASSOCIATIONS

Automated Imaging Association

European Machine Vision Association

Japan Industrial Imaging Association

UK Industrial Vision Association


INDUSTRY CONFERENCES

AUTOMATE

The Vision Show

Vision

WEBINARS/VIDEOS

Automated Imaging Association

Cognex

Edmund Optics

Microscan Videos

Microscan Webinars

National Instruments

Vision System Design Webcasts

Vision System Design Videos

MAGAZINES

Imaging and Machine Vision Europe

Inspect

Vision System Design

BOOKS


Handbook of Machine Vision

Machine Vision Algorithms and Applications

Machine Vision in the Factory

Understanding and Applying Machine Vision
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CONTACT

Nelson Bridwell
Senior Machine Vision Engineer

Machine Vision Engineering LLC
3574 SE Outrigger Place
Corvallis, Oregon 97333

telephone
cell 503 740-5102

fax  541 758-9651

email
Bridwell@MachineVision.Engineering

website
MachineVision.Engineering


Twitter
@Nelson_Bridwell

LinkedIn
linkedin.com/pub/nelson-bridwell/57/73/4ab

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