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AMETEK [NYSE: AME]: Automated Online Surface Inspection Experts

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David A. Zapico, CEO, AMETEK [NYSE: AME]David A. Zapico, CEO
Headquartered in Brewyn, Pennsylvania, AMETEK is the global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices for the aerospace, industrial, process, and power sectors. Under the dynamic leadership of its CEO, David A. Zapico, the company has gone from strength to strength. AMETEK enjoys an excellent reputation for technical innovation and product development know-how. It has consistently increased its investment in new product development with the aim of bringing more products to market faster and with greater success.

AMETEK operates its business through its Electronic Instruments Group and Electromechanical Group segments. While the former focuses on the process and analytical instrumentation, the latter deals with the precision motion control products. A part of the Process & Analytical Instruments division of AMETEK, AMETEK Surface Vision is one of the world leaders in automated online surface vision solutions with its broad product portfolio is optimized for the web, and surface inspection, monitoring, and process surveillance applications. “Our robust and flexible surface inspection solutions have now become a vital part of the industrial process to increase efficiency, streamline operations, improve product quality while reducing costs and waste,” states Zapico.

AMETEK Surface Vision designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision solutions used to continuously inspect material surfaces processed in a continuous fashion across the metals, paper, plastics, and glass industries. The portfolio comprises three distinct product lines, SmartView, SmartAdvisor, and VisionGear. When it comes to surface inspection, the robustness, flexibility, and quality found with SmartView are second to none. SmartView provides total vision integration by offering enhanced packages for web monitoring/event capture, surface texture measurement, web width measurement, digital video recording and playback, detailed grading, and decision making analysis and product reclamation.

Our robust and flexible surface inspection solutions have now become a vital part of the industrial process to increase efficiency, streamline operations, improve product quality while reducing costs and waste


By utilizing SmartAdvisor, a simple and reliable web monitoring and inspection solution for process meltdown, one can get maximized machine efficiency and yield rates. The AMETEK SmartAdvisor solution provides patented camera synchronization technology that allows one to acquire and store video images and software productivity tools that simplify the search and analysis of these images across a continuous and/or roll-to-roll production process. A simple yet effective solution for surface quality inspection for slitter lines, Vision Gear, can boost the product quality and can keep the production line running at full speeds.

With over 2,000 installations globally, AMETEK Surface Vision continues to innovate to offer combined hardware and software solutions that provide some of the most accurate defect data, high-definition video, grading, archiving and detailed reporting in the industry today. AMETEK provides training courses for their clients on the Surface Vision solutions where they would receive hands-on training from experienced and qualified trainers. The benefits to be gleaned from this training program are fourfold—accelerating the learning curve, improving engineering proficiency, increasing operations productivity, and maximizing uptime.

The markets in which AMETEK operates are highly competitive with the competition based on technology, performance, quality, service, and price. The company believes that it is one of the leading players in heavy-vehicle, power and industrial sectors. It also is a major instrument and sensor supplier to commercial aviation.

AMETEK’s continued growth can be attributed to the company’s global and market expansion strategy where more than half of the company’s total sales are to markets outside the U.S. AMETEK has plans to further expand low-cost manufacturing in key areas of the world, to use acquisitions and new products to pursue growth opportunities outside the U.S, and to strengthen its sales, marketing and distribution capabilities worldwide.