National Instruments has just released the Vision 8 Development Module for its NI LabVIEW graphical tool suite that combines an extensive collection of vision
libraries with acquisition software for thousands of cameras, all optimized for common programming environments like NI LabVIEW and Microsoft C++, Visual Basic
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.
According to Kevin Schultz, NI director of strategy, the collection of tools in the module includes drivers for IEEE 1394 cameras and associated machine vision algorithms.
“Machine builders and integrators face unique challenges within the manufacturing process,” he said, “including the need to recognize and correct errors earlier before more value is added to a product.
“For example, in a machine vision application, a mislabeled container could be identified and removed from the assembly line before 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 image processing and machine vision functions in the Vision 8 Development Module, he said, engineers can take advantage of additional included 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 visualize and save images instead of process them, NI Vision Acquisition software is also available separate of the NI Vision Development Module. Pricing starts at $2,895.