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David L. Dechow is Staff Engineer for Intelligent Robotics/Machine Vision at FANUC's North American corporate office in Rochester Hills, Mich., where he is responsible for the iRVision product and machine vision technology for robotic guidance and flexible automation. He has worked in the field of machine vision, automation, and robotics for more than 33 years as a programmer, engineer, and business manager and is recognized as a leading expert in the area of machine vision integration and technology. Prior to his position at FANUC, he was the founder, owner, and principal engineer for two successful systems integration firms. David is a recipient of the AIA Automated Imaging Achievement Award honoring industry leaders for outstanding career contributions in industrial and/or scientific imaging. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, has had numerous articles on machine vision technology and systems integration published in trade journals and magazines, and is a member of the ASME (American Society of Manufacturing Engineers) Robotic Technologies Advisory Panel. As a key educator within the industry for many years, David has participated in the training of hundreds of engineers as an instructor with the AIA Certified Vision Professional program.