The latest version of the product HALCON has been launched by MVTec Software. At its 18th VISION trade show in Stuttgart, the company reported more prospective customers for its standard machine vision software than ever before. In live demonstrations and presentations at its booth, MVTec exhibited market-ready solutions for many of the latest machine vision trends discussed at VISION.
In addition to the Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) and the integration of machine vision and other disciplines, such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), these trends include embedded vision, the use of new technologies such as deep learning, as well as faster, more robust and easier imaging processes.
The HALCON World Tour, MVTec's global series of seminars for users, was also launched with a record-breaking number of participants. More than 1,100 visitors attended the seminars in Japan, Taiwan, Scandinavia, and Israel.
At VISION as well as on the World Tour, interested parties had the opportunity to get a personal and close-up look at new and improved machine vision functions. For example, HALCON 13 makes it possible to inspect complex textures very easily and efficiently. New 3D matching technologies can be used to determine the position of objects even more precisely. And Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been significantly improved, while deep learning technologies substantially increase the font recognition rate.
Reducing programming effort in MV applications
One of the HALCON 13 highlights is the ‘debugging of HDevEngine applications.’ At the World Tour seminars as well as the live sessions at VISION, MVTec experts demonstrated ways to locate and eliminate program errors in the imaging part of C# and C++ applications with the aid of HDevEngine in HDevelop. This enables developers to simplify the programming of machine vision applications and thus save effort, time, and costs.
"This was the most successful VISION trade show in the 20-year history of our company," explained Dr. Olaf Munkelt, Managing Director of MVTec Software. "We've never welcomed so many visitors to our booth. We are especially happy to see this trend continue in the large numbers of participants in the HALCON World Tour.”
Munkelt added: “The new features of the latest version 13 of our standard software HALCON have fully met the expectations of our customers and partners. They benefit from imaging solutions that enable them to meet the strict requirements of automation production processes in the context of Industry 4.0 without problems."