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How To Choose Machine Vision Software – An Invitation To Learn and Participate

All too often, in our experience, our customers choose their vision system based predominantly on hardware specs without giving due attention to the part of the system that orchestrates the image capture, image processing, feature-detection and measurement and outputs a result.

While Machine Vision software is often closely matched with a particular hardware unit, it is still a significant element of the system as it is the software that processes, analyses and presents the data for evaluation. Therefore, close consideration should be given to both components of any machine vision system.

Because the choice of software options are many, each package having its own advantages and requiring a range of skill sets, it is critical that both the hardware architecture, the software and how they can integrate seamlessly, be understood.

For specific applications, there are targeted packages that provide the power and flexibility required for those types of systems; however, for general machine vision purposes, among the questions that need to be asked are:

  1. Does the software have the tools that can not only manage the system’s hardware but can also evaluate the resultant image?
  2. Does the software have a variety of general-purpose tools that might accommodate the major part of the application without having to perform any programming?
  3. Is the user interface easily configurable to the needs and skills of the user and the application? The GUI and its ease-of-use is a key identifying factor in selecting software. A strong GUI will strike the correct balance between simplicity and complexity by providing sufficient pre-programmed tools while also allowing a more advanced, tailored solution if required.

A key consideration in choosing software is based on the skills set of the user.

Building a robust application with an off-the-shelf package that combines tools appropriate to the application with an easy-to-use, graphical point-and-click interface means that an application can be built on the factory floor by relatively unskilled personnel. Advanced developers, on the other hand, will benefit from using extensive, field-proven libraries that deliver the power and flexibility required for complex applications.

Join us at the workshop and learn how to make those right choices
This workshop will talk about and demonstrate the different types of Machine Vision software available, their strengthsand weaknesses and how to use them to build applications.

What you will see – 5 different packages; from easy to powerful
Building the same application using 5 different packages, our expert Vision Engineers will demonstrate, live, the power versus ease-of-use of each software type. They will describe what factors and parameters to consider when selecting software and so help you identify which type of package is best suited to you and your next application – whether simple or complex.

Who should attend
• Factory-floor Operators
• Production Engineers
• Operations Engineers
• Original Equipment Manufacturers
• Integrators
• Qualified Vision Programmers

To register for the workshop, click here

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