Cognex Corp.'s VisionPro 5.2 release provides enhanced color tools and architecture

Cognex Corp. introduces software expanding the powerful toolset of its hardware-independent VisionPro software. The VisionPro 5.2 release provides an easier-to-use version of the patented PatMax technology, enhanced color tools and an enhanced architecture to harness the power of multicore PCs.

The release includes new SearchMax and Color Extractor color tools. SearchMax uses color features to search for objects. It is powerful in applications where geometrical data is insufficient to align the part. Color Extractor locates colored regions in complex scenes with very minimal training. It is optimized for high-speed applications such as those required in the food and packaging industries.

The release includes multicore support for image-filtering tools, as well as for PatMax and PatInspect. Customers can manually adjust the way cores are used, or rely on the operating system to get the best application speed regardless of the number of cores available.

VisionPro 5.2 also simplifies the acquisition from any imaging source. Now any combination of frame grabbers or direct-connect cameras can be used in a single application. The Acquisition Alliance program, announced in January, provides Cognex customers with best-in-class, integrated machine vision solutions through access to major camera vendors.

Download free trial VisionPro software at www.cognex.com/software/.

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