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National Instruments Configurable Software Simplifies Machine Vision Inspection

National Instruments Configurable Software Simplifies Machine Vision Inspection
New Vision Software Speeds Application Development with a Ready-to-Use Deployment Interface

NEWS RELEASE -- Nov. 19, 2002 -- With National Instruments Vision Builder for Automated Inspection, production test engineers can now create complete machine vision applications using a single software solution and employ a development environment that can integrate image acquisition, machine vision inspection, decision making, and I/O control into a manufacturing test application.

"The NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection software brings unprecedented simplicity to developing machine vision systems," said John Hanks, National Instruments vision and measurements platform manager. "Now engineers can interactively build machine vision applications and easily apply built-in digital I/O and serial capabilities to control various automation devices."

With this easy-to-use software, engineers with no previous programming experience can create machine vision applications using intuitive inspection tools to directly interact with images. Now engineers can create factory floor applications, such as in-line part inspection and quality control monitoring, quickly and easily. NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection also features an interactive image processing and analysis environment with advanced decision-making capabilities and I/O support. The built-in I/O capabilities give users the ability to easily control serial lines and static digital I/O modules and interface to a wide range of external devices including strobes, cameras, and PLCs. This new software also features advanced decision making and data logging, which engineers can employ to store images and inspection data based on predefined criteria.

In addition, LabVIEW code generation provides engineers with programming flexibility and customization. Although NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection does not require additional software, using LabVIEW and code generation capabilities, engineers can take advantage of the virtual instrumentation platform. Once they create their vision applications, they can use LabVIEW to build a customized user interface and integrate motion control and data acquisition (DAQ) with machine vision. For engineers who need optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities, NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection includes a trainable, high-speed OCR engine that gives them the power to train their program to read serial numbers or identification codes that are marked on wafers, glass, electronic components, and medical devices.

About National Instruments
National Instruments leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.