National Instruments OCR Software Provides Flexibility with Training Capabilities

1/22/2003 - Engineers can now train the newest version of National Instruments Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to read a wide variety of fonts and symbols. With NI OCR software, engineers can access low-level parameters with an easy-to-use training interface, adding flexibility and high-speed identification to PC-based vision systems.

NI OCR software increases system flexibility by giving engineers the power to program applications to read unique symbols and fonts, including OCR A, OCR B and SEMI font, created by processes such as character stamping, laser etching and ink jet printing. Many industries benefit from these capabilities, for example automotive for reading text on machine stamped parts, semiconductor for wafer identification and pharmaceutical for packaging labels and lot codes.

NI OCR technology is included with the new NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection, an interactive environment that quickly configures, benchmarks and deploys machine vision applications without programming. Manufacturing test engineers can also integrate this vision software with other components, such as motion control and data acquisition, with the NI Vision Development Module and a variety of programming environments, including National Instruments LabVIEW and LabVIEW Real-Time, and Microsoft Visual Basic and C/C++.

About National Instruments
For more than 26 years, National Instruments has revolutionized the way engineers and scientists work by delivering virtual instrumentation solutions built on rapidly advancing commercial technologies, including industry-standard computers and the Internet. NI increases productivity for customers worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition and instrumentation. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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