Universal Flowchart-Based Machine Vision Software Updated

Matrox Imaging has announced a major update to its Matrox Design Assistant X flowchart-based vision software. The integrated development environment (IDE) provides an intuitive way to develop vision applications without writing traditional program code.

The latest release delivers a range of additions and enhancements, including interfaces to additional 3D sensors; expanded image classification using deep learning; image capture from CoaXPress cameras; and expanded support for working with programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

3D Sensor Interfacing, Processing, and Analysis

Matrox Design Assistant X now readily interfaces with the new Matrox AltiZ 3D profile sensors, as well as 3D sensors from more than 30 third-party manufacturers. The software works seamlessly with these devices to process and analyze depth maps. Matrox Design Assistant X also has the capabilities to analyse 3D profiles obtained directly from a sensor or extracted from a point cloud or depth map.

Coarse Segmentation Using Deep Learning

The classification steps offered in Matrox Design Assistant X make use of machine learning to categorize image content. The new CNNClassMap step uses deep learning technology to perform coarse segmentation, generating maps indicating the pre-established class and score for all image neighborhoods. This new step, in addition to the other classification tools, provides users with key means of detecting defects in highly textured, naturally varying, and acceptably deformed materials.

Users of Matrox Design Assistant X can opt to train the convolutional neural network (CNN) on their own, making use of the MIL CoPilot interactive environment available separately as part of Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) X software. MIL CoPilot lets users readily develop the required training dataset, including the labeling of images, augmenting the dataset with synthesized images, and monitoring and analyzing the training process. Alternately, users can commission Matrox Imaging’s team of experts to conduct the training on their behalf.

Image Acquisition From CoaXPress Cameras

Matrox Design Assistant X already captured images from any GigE Vision or USB3 Vision compliant camera, and the latest version now lets users capture images directly from one or more CoaXPress cameras using a Matrox Rapixo CXP frame grabber.

PLC Direct Connection

Matrox Design Assistant X now offers CC-Link IE Field Basic, along with EtherNet/IP, Modbus over TCP/IP, and PROFINET industrial communication. CC-Link IE Field Basic communication enables direct interaction with programmable logic/automation controllers from Mitsubishi Electric®. Moreover, the flowchart-based software now also features a PLC interface emulator so that users can test communication with a PLC without needing one at hand, thereby simplifying the application development and maintenance process.

“This update affords users of Matrox Design Assistant X great new additions and enhancements,” said Fabio Perelli, product manager, Matrox Imaging. “By extending the support of 3D cameras and PLCs, plus integration of even more deep learning technology, Matrox Design Assistant X continues to deliver a flowchart-based environment that streamlines machine vision application development.

For more information: www.matrox.com