Cognex, a supplier of machine-vision systems and vision sensors, has released a new version of its hardware-independent VisionPro software. The version 5.2 release offers easier use of the patented PatMax technology, enhanced color tools and an enhanced architecture to maximize 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 especially suitable in applications where geometrical data is insufficient to align the part, Cognex said. Color Extractor locates colored regions in complex scenes with minimal training. It is optimized for high-speed applications such as those required in the food and packaging industries. The new release also 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 obtain the optimal application speed, regardless of the number of cores available. With VisionPro 5.2, any combination of frame grabbers or direct-connect cameras can be used in a single application.
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