8/25/2004 - National Instruments announced NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection 2.5, the latest version of the configurable software for building, benchmarking and deploying machine vision applications without programming. With the new software, engineers can take advantage of new algorithms, industrial connectivity and improved multicamera support for their machine vision applications.
Vision Builder AI 2.5 includes tools to read 2D bar codes such as Data Matrix and PDF-417 for parts tracking in discreet manufacturing environments. The software can read bar codes from printed labels and decipher bar codes applied through direct part marking common on automotive and aerospace components. Vision Builder AI also now delivers color matching and color pattern matching algorithms for color inspection. Engineers can use these tools in a variety of applications – from confirming label quality to sorting produce.
To communicate inspection results or to change inspection parameters, Vision Builder AI now interfaces with PLCs, the NI Compact FieldPoint embedded control system and other industrial devices over built-in industrial protocols such as Modbus. With this protocol support, engineers can configure their vision systems to control PLC behavior or change their inspection pass/fail criteria based on PLC-assigned setpoints.
Vision Builder AI 2.5 simplifies the processing of images from multiple cameras with a new image selection tool. By combining the image selection tool with the new calculator tool, engineers can build customized arithmetic and logic results based on inspection values from different images. This approach saves hours of time that engineers would normally spend coordinating inspection results.
About National Instruments
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 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 40 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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