MVTec Optimizes Machine Vision with New HALCON Release
- HALCON 12.0.2 will be released on February 29, 2016
- Bar code identification significantly improved
- Latest interface technology speeds up machine vision processes
The new HALCON version significantly improves the error-free identification of 2/5 bar codes. The release furthermore includes additional parameters for evaluating the print quality of data codes based on the AIM DPM-1-2006 and ISO/IEC 15415 standards. HALCON now also reads QR codes with Chinese characters that are encoded according to GBT 18284-2000, the Chinese national standard. As another important update, the streaming filter for the GigE Vision standard was revised so that it now also supports Windows 10. Developers will benefit from the new HALCON release as well. For instance, a new example program explains how to handle parallel programming in machine vision applications. In addition, improvements to the HDevEngine runtime environment have sped up program runtimes.
Machine vision with the latest standards
Not least, the image acquisition interfaces (IAIs), which use the GenICam standard, have been adapted to version v3.0.0 of the GenApi reference implementation in HALCON 12.0.2. This API (application programming interface) runs much faster and requires less storage space in the new version. With GenApi v3.0.0, the HALCON IAIs for USB3 Vision, GenICam GenTL, and GigE Vision thus now use the latest technology. MVTec itself is involved in developing these standards, for example as a contributing member of the GenICam standard group.
"We recommend that all HALCON 12 users take advantage of this release to upgrade to the latest version of HALCON 12 free of charge. It will allow them to use many features even more productively. We are especially proud of the improvements to HALCON's powerful identification technology features. 'Print growth' and overexposure when reading bar codes are constant challenges in many branches of industry - such as the packaging, logistics, and food & beverage sectors as well as retail. Systems based on the robust HALCON machine vision software not only help remedy this situation, they also set equally new standards in speed and flexibility," explains Johannes Hiltner, Product Manager for HALCON at MVTec Software GmbH.
HALCON is the comprehensive standard software for machine vision with an integrated development environment (IDE) that is used worldwide. It enables cost savings and improved time to market: HALCON’s flexible architecture facilitates rapid development of machine vision, medical imaging, and image analysis applications. HALCON provides outstanding performance and a comprehensive support of multi-core platforms and special instructions sets like AVX2, as well as GPU acceleration. It serves all industries, with a library used in tens of thousands of applications in all areas of imaging like blob analysis, morphology, matching, measuring, identification and 3D vision. HALCON secures your investment by supporting a wide range of operating systems and providing interfaces to hundreds of industrial cameras and frame grabbers, also for standards like GenICam, GigE Vision, and USB3 Vision.
MVTec is a leading manufacturer of standard software for machine vision. MVTec products are used in all demanding areas of imaging: Semi-conductor industry, web inspection, quality control and inspection applications in general, medicine, 3D vision and surveillance. MVTec, with its head office in Munich (Germany), has more than 30 established distributors worldwide and in addition, MVTec, LLC works out of Boston, MA (USA).