EVK is an expert company providing complete solutions in industrial imaging with a customer base expanding from machine builders and plant builders to plant operators and educational and research institutions. The family owned business is founded in 1986 and serves its partners and customers worldwide. Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company? EVK: Main activities are in the field of data acquisition and data processing for sorting and monitoring applications in the industry. Customers benefit from an experienced Professional Services Team responsible for application development as well as the integration and maintenance of EVK products. A variety of sensor systems and software solutions support the development of customer specific applications in the field and provides the right sensor system for the application. The combination of sensors technologies like Hyperspectral Imaging, RGB Imaging, Inductive Imaging and fusion of thereby generated data helps EVK customers to optimize their products and processes in industrial sorting and monitoring applications. E.E: What’s the news for 2021 about new products? EVK: 2021 will be marked by new developments in EVKs Software Solutions specially tailored for the needs of EVK target customers. These products will enable our customers not only to monitor their product stream but also steer their production process in real time. This is possible through the smart use of data from their production lines and holds opportunity to explore new production relevant information which may not have caught their attention yet. E.E: What are the ranges of products? EVK: The range of EVK products expand from services like the development of industrial applications using machine learning algorithms in real time data processing to embedded vision systems. The focus lies on Hyperspectral Imaging, Colour Imaging and Inductive imaging technologies and the fusion of data from these sensor sources. Individual Customer Training Programs and Service support empower EVK partners for the development of a solid knowledge base and the development of their own applications using EVK technologies. E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active? EVK: The market EVK is part of is the steady developing and growing machine vision market with a compound annual growth rate of 6%. The outlook for the market which is getting more and more connected to machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies looks very promising. In 2025 the market is expected a size of around 13 billion USD. E.E: What can you tell us about market trends? EVK: Market trends are the development of embedded sensor systems that are using AI to enhance their performance. Standard interfaces are required and provided by most of the companies in this sector which helps to roll out industrial applications easier that some years ago. Robotic is becoming mor interesting for the Recycling industry as the materials are getting more heterogeneous and C&D waste often requires sophisticated systems for sorting applications. E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed? EVK: When it comes to Hardware products in industrial imaging EVKs embedded Hyperspectral Imaging systems in fusion with other sensors like RGB cameras and metal sensors are the most innovative products. In Software solutions EVKs data processing software suites are the most innovative products we offer to the market at the moment. They enable our customers for the development of their own applications and the creation of a broad knowledge base. Our Professional Services and Analytics Team carry EVK products along to the customer and innovate their processes and industrial applications. E.E: What estimations do you have for 2021? EVK: 2021 will be a successful year for EVK. The order situation recovered from 2020 and the trend looks very promising for this year. In 2021 new players will rise on the market. Start-up companies using AI to enhance machine vision applications have a great potential to cooperate with larger and established companies exchanging experience and innovative ideas. The acquisition of production relevant data and the further processing into customer-relevant information is and will be an essential part of our product strategy within the next three to five years. We are constantly developing new applications to serve our industrial partners increasing their time-to-market and resource saving implementation of EVK system into their eco-systems.