NATIONAL Instruments has released the NI Vision 8 Development Module, a comprehensive suite of vision software tools that engineers, integrators and machine builders can use to improve system efficiency and save money by increasing quality control in the manufacturing process.
The Vision 8 Development Module combines an extensive collection of vision libraries with acquisition software for thousands of cameras - including those based on the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connection standard - all optimised for common programming environments like NI LabVIEW and Microsoft C++, Visual Basic and .NET.
In addition, the Vision 8 Development Module includes new algorithms for golden template comparison, optical character verification (OCV) and Data Matrix grading that are designed to help engineers identify packaging and assembly errors earlier in production.
Machine builders and integrators face unique challenges within the manufacturing process, including the need to recognise and correct errors earlier before more value is added to a product.
For example, in a machine vision application, a mislabelled container could be identified and removed from the assembly line before the product is added and additional resources wasted.
The algorithms for golden template comparison and OCV inspection identify flaws in labels and defects in products, while the Data Matrix grading tool verifies that 2D bar codes are applied correctly in accordance to the ISO 16022 (AIM) standard.
Along with the hundreds of image processing and machine vision functions in the Vision 8 Development Module, engineers can take advantage of additional software such as NI Vision Assistant and NI Vision Acquisition software
NI Vision Assistant is an image processing and application prototyping environment that automatically generates ready-to-run LabVIEW diagrams or LabWindows/CVI, C/C++ or Visual Basic code.
NI Vision Acquisition software offers a set of drivers and utilities for acquiring, displaying and saving images from any NI frame grabber or camera based on the FireWire connection standard.
For engineers and scientists who save images instead of processing them, NI Vision Acquisition software is also available separately from the NI Vision Development Module.