12/16/2004 - National Instruments announced that Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) uses the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment and NI Vision software to perform image quality analysis for a variety of Kodak products, including digital cameras, printers and scanners. With these NI software tools, Kodak improves product designs by consistently measuring image quality throughout the entire design process. Kodak then uses the software during the manufacturing process to verify that assembled imaging products meet Kodak’s high image quality standards. NI LabVIEW and NI Vision software help Kodak analyze digital images and measure key image quality attributes such as sharpness, flare and color accuracy.
“NI Vision products are particularly important to us because they are optimized for the large amounts of data inherent in digital images,” said John Jamieson, software product manager for Kodak. “We rely on many of the capabilities of NI Vision for the analysis, including 2D FFTs, pattern matching and statistics functions, because of the speed and accuracy requirements for manufacturing applications. We chose LabVIEW as the graphical user interface so we could quickly prototype and develop our image processing tools.”
Jamieson said that the functionality provided by these NI products gave Kodak a great starting point for their analysis routines without having to start from scratch. This helped them deliver their image quality software and test measurement systems quickly and cost-effectively to the groups responsible for measuring image quality.
“NI LabVIEW and Vision tools help Kodak scientists and engineers quickly, conveniently and consistently deliver phenomenal image quality in Kodak products and services, including digital minilabs, digital printers and kiosks,” said Jim Whritenor, retail systems engineering manager for Kodak.
In Kodak’s Document Imaging business, the NI tools helped the company’s i800 series scanners earn Product of the Year honors from Transform magazine. The tools provided an opportunity early in the program to optimize the product for outstanding image quality. Kodak now uses the NI tools in other market segment products to improve image quality while reducing manufacturing costs.
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National Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 41 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
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