We’re pleased to announce the appointment of our new expert machine vision engineer Iain Clowery. Iain joins Bytronic as technical manager specialising in vision and product ID after a career in vision 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 our growing list of manufacturing and logistics customers helping to improve productivity and speed up moves towards smarter automation.

Martin Hurworth, CEO of Bytronic, said: “Our customers across the globe are looking for higher levels of automation that use new and emerging machine vision technologies and we need to continue to grow our highly skilled team to deliver this. Iain joining us is a real endorsement of our business and a sign of our reputation in the industry. His technical knowledge of vision is second to none and I’m really excited to have him on the team. 

“And importantly our partnership with Cognex has never been stronger. 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 deep learning camera software now used by logistics companies handling millions of parcels each day. 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 our Innovation Campus.

Iain Clowery, technical manager 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.

“Many industries are having to adapt and change in different ways after the pandemic, but what they all have in common is the need to automate to work smarter and more efficiently. That’s where we step in.”

At Bytronic we’ve 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 our work is done under confidentiality agreements, our customers include household names in consumer goods, food and beverage, logistics, automotive and battery manufacturing.