IDS Imaging Development Systems - Strong growth in Asia and the USA

The introduction of a new generation of vision-app based sensors and cameras represents the further development and expansion of the company by opening up new business areas: the IDS NXT vegas enables and supports networked applications of the industry 4.0.

The industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems starts optimistic into the new year: double-digit growth in order intake and the positive business development for IDS are all reasons for this. The camera manufacturer's sales are currently growing particularly strongly on the Asian and North American continents. Only three years after the 500,000th IDS camera has been produced, delivery of the millionth camera is expected in the first half of the year. In response to rising demand, the company's headquarters in Obersulm, Germany will be expanded until 2019. A technology centre with an area of around 3,200 sqm is planned.


The introduction of a new generation of vision-app based sensors and cameras represents the further development and expansion of the company by opening up new business areas: the IDS NXT vegas enables and supports networked applications of the industry 4.0. For the VISION year 2018 more smart product innovations in the IDS NXT platform are planned. However, numerous innovations are also on the development schedule for the rapidly growing 3D vision segment and the portfolio of classic industrial cameras.

The company supports the VDMA's sustainability initiative Blue Competence with sustainable solutions and conscious action. New technologies and products from IDS take responsibility for people and the environment into account. The "family-oriented company" award, which IDS recently received from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Employers' Association and the Family Council, is an expression of the company's employee-oriented philosophy.

IDS currently employs around 240 people and has branches in the USA, Japan and the UK as well as representative offices in France, the Netherlands and Korea. The product range includes industrial cameras with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 and GigE interfaces, 3D camera systems as well as vision-app based sensors and cameras.

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