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JAI celebrates 60 years in the machine vision industry

Dec. 14, 2023
The manufacturer has expanded through acquisitions and features prism-based technology in its multi-sensor cameras

JAI A/S celebrated its 60th anniversary this December. Founded in Denmark in 1963 by Jørgen Andersen, the company designs, manufactures and sells industrial area scan and line scan cameras used in factory automation systems, food sorting, semiconductor inspection, life sciences, intelligent traffic systems, and other industry segments around the world. JAI provides more than 100 industrial camera models with a range of high-resolution and multi-sensor cameras that support machine vision technology.

JAI engineered its first industrial camera 50 years ago. Since then, the company has expanded its operations both organically and through acquisitions of a Japanese industrial camera manufacturer and the Japanese California-based camera manufacturer Pulnix. This latter acquisition strengthened JAI's position in the area and line scan cameras market. It also launched JAI into the field of specialized traffic cameras and subsystems.

JAI’s multi-sensor cameras feature prism-based technology. These cameras include 3-sensor prism-based area scan and line scan cameras, which have a high degree of color accuracy for food sorting, pharmaceuticals, printing and life sciences applications. Prism technology is also used to create cameras for multispectral imaging, combining the visible spectrum with near-infrared (NIR) or short-wave infrared (SWIR) imaging to reveal defects and other data that can’t be detected under visible wavelengths alone.  

Innovative technologies like the multi-sensor cameras are keys to JAI’s longevity, according to Jørgen Andersen, as well as a focus on quality and customer relationships. "We develop new cameras and functionality in close cooperation with customers aiming at improving the efficiency of their vision systems. And customers want cameras that not only work exceptionally well, but offer exceptional reliability,” says Andersen. "Looking back, JAI has achieved many fantastic milestones and all-in-all, it has been six decades of success, with more than 1 million cameras sold. I would like to thank JAI's loyal customers, business partners and employees. It would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and commitment of them all.”

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