Virtek Vision Introduces New Products for Prefabricated Construction Industry

    WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Virtek Vision International Inc. (TSX: VRK),
a leading developer and provider of high-value industrial laser solutions,
today announced that it is launching several new products and enhancements to
serve its customers in the prefabricated construction industry. The new
offerings introduced at the industry's annual Building Components
Manufacturers Conference (BCMC) trade show are:

    -  LPS7-H laser projector with replaceable green laser module;
    -  Virtek TrussLine 5.0; and
    -  A color-coding option for the Virtek I-Joist Processing (VIP) System.

    "We have developed and are introducing these new products and
enhancements as the result of discussions that Virtek has had with our
customers. Each of these is expected to improve the productivity and
effectiveness of our customers and should therefore prove to be very welcome
additions to our broad product line offerings," said Bob Sandness, President
and Chief Executive Officer.

    LPS7-H Laser Projector

    Lasers, like light bulbs, burn out after a period of extended use. With
the patent-pending LPS7-H projector, customers will be able to do their own
replacement of the laser rather than sending it back to Virtek. No special
wiring or tools are required and the unit is self aligning. This reduces
downtime, improves efficiency, and reduces the cost of ownership.
    The LPS7-H joins the LPS7 family of laser projectors that Virtek first
launched into the Aerospace industry. The patented design of the LPS7 family
is built on a common platform that doubles projection speed, optimizes thermal
management, and provides better power filtering for improved reliability. The
projectors include on-board diagnostics indicators and are completely sealed
to withstand harsh work environments.
    LPS7 projectors are available with either a directly modulated Diode
Pumped Solid State (DPSS) green wavelength laser or a red wavelength diode
laser. The LPS7-H projector, with replaceable laser source will initially only
be available with a green wavelength laser.

    Virtek TrussLine 5.0

    Virtek TrussLine 5.0 provides customers with an advanced, user-friendly
platform to increase productivity and improve projection system efficiencies.
This software package builds on earlier versions of TrussLine and includes
integration with automated jigging systems and improved production planning.
With TrussLine 5.0, Virtek has built in a number of advanced functions that
allow its customers to save even more time and money.
    The new advanced functions include Real-time Production Tracking that
enables supervisors to easily determine how well each jig is performing
against the set standard. Based on the current rate of production they can see
how many board feet have been produced and determine if the target for the
shift will be met. Simultaneous Customizable Projected Menu Icons act as a
time-saving remote without the need for additional hardware. As soon as the
truss work package starts up, operators can control a job from the set-up
table, eliminating costly back and forth time from the computer workstation.
Using retro reflective material, operators can project locations of all truss
joints and connector plates, project text, go to the next truss, load new
jobs, and activate automated jigging pucks. The projected menu icons can be
activated onto more than one jig at a time. The menus are also customizable by
the user using a simple configuration aid.
    TrussLine 5.0 also features an advanced reporting function using an SQL
database. Reports will be easier to generate and read, printer-friendly, and
will include detailed truss production information for each jig and each
shift. For fabricators with multiple laser systems, the reports can be
consolidated into one database.

    Color-coded Option for VIP System

    Virtek first launched its Virtek I-Joist Processing System at BCMC in
October 2005. The VIP system automatically cuts, routes, and marks engineered
wood products in one step. Users can manufacture ready-to-assemble joists
faster and more accurately with less waste using less manpower. An operator
can program workflow or it can run off a design program. With minimal computer
skills and training required, the VIP System software guides operators through
the whole process without extensive staff training.
    The VIP System allows multiple jobs to be loaded at the same time. The
new five-color coding option will allow users to load and easily identify five
jobs at once. This option speeds the sorting of multiple jobs as the user can
identify at a glance which order a job belongs to without having to read the
    Software automatically optimizes material usage by combining joists into
the same run for greater throughput and less waste. The system comes with an
inkjet marker for identifying joists by part number, job number, length or any
other marking the user requires.
    The VIP System can process up to 2,500 linear feet an hour and can handle
lengths of up to 60 feet. With a powerful 10HP motor and 20" diameter saw
blade, it can effortlessly cut joists up to 3.5" x 16". With the VIP System's
add-on router unit, service holes can be cut into engineered wood I-joists at
the same time as the cross-cutting. This results in a dramatic saving of time
- both in the preparation of I-joists, and again during the on-site
installation. Users can cut circles, squares, rectangles or ovals of any size
with the knock-out left in place or removed. A 10" hole is cut in
approximately 10 seconds.

    Forward-looking Statements

    This news release may contain information and statements of a
forward-looking nature concerning the future performance of the company. Any
such forward-looking statements are based on current suppositions and
expectations that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. These
include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic conditions on
the customers and markets that we serve, the impact of price pressures exerted
by competitors, changes that may take place in our costs and expenditures, the
results of our research and development programs, and other factors discussed
in our Management Discussion and Analysis and other regulatory filings. Virtek
assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update
the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the
forward-looking statements.

    About Virtek

    Virtek Vision International Inc. is a leading developer and provider of
high-value industrial laser solutions, providing marking & engraving products,
templating, and inspection products, and systems integration solutions to
customers around the world. Virtek is a full-service provider, offering
research and development, manufacturing, integration, training, after-sales
support, and installation for customers in the prefabricated construction,
transportation, metalworking, tool and die, and mold-making industries
worldwide. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Virtek also has offices in
Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Ludenscheid and Nurnberg, Germany; and Busto
Arsizio, Italy. Please visit for more information.

For further information:

For further information: Peter Monsberger, Vice-President, Finance and
CFO, (519) 746-7190, (519) 746-3383 (FAX), Email:;
or Bob Sandness, President and Chief Executive Officer, (519) 746-7190, (519)
746-3383 (FAX), Email:; or Investor and Media
Relations: Richard Wertheim, Managing Partner, Wertheim + Company Inc., (416)
594-1600 (Bus.), (416) 518-8479 (Cell), Email:

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