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Matrox Design Assistant smart camera software offers bead inspection tool and simplified fixturing

Design Assistant 2.3 supports Microsoft® Windows® 7

May 25, 2010, The Vision Show, Boston, MA — Matrox Imaging today announced Matrox Design Assistant 2.3, the latest release of its integrated development environment (IDE) for the Matrox Iris GT smart camera. Design Assistant 2.3 offers many new features and enhancements including a bead inspection tool and simplified fixturing, as well as support for Microsoft® Windows® 7. This release is a follow-on to Design Assistant 2.2, which enabled the use of the built-in keyboard, video (monitor) and mouse (KVM) capabilities.

Design Assistant 2.3's bead tool inspects material applied as a continuous sinuous bead, such as adhesives and sealants, and identifies discrepancies in application length, placement and width, as well as discontinuities. The allowable bead width, offset, gap and overall acceptance measure can be adjusted to meet specific inspection criteria.

For applications where mechanical fixturing of parts is impractical, Design Assistant 2.3's simplified fixturing automatically positions (i.e., returns the x-y coordinate and angle for) the region of interest (ROI) for a measurement or reading tool using the results from a locating tool.

This latest version of Design Assistant offers improved project switching capabilities, support for MODBUS® master mode for controlling automation devices, and simplified flowchart branching using the switch-case element.

The Design Assistant 2.3 IDE can now be installed and used on 32/64-bit Windows® 7.

About Matrox Design Assistant

Matrox Design Assistant is an intuitive, versatile and extendable integrated development environment (IDE) that uses an intuitive flowchart-based methodology to create machine vision applications. Video capture, analysis, location, measurement, reading, verification, communication and I/O operations, as well as a web-based operator interface are all set up within this single IDE.

Matrox Design Assistant 2.3 will be available in Early Access form by the end of Q2 2010. Its official release is scheduled for the end of Q3 2010.

About Matrox Imaging

Established in 1976, Matrox Imaging is a leading developer of component-level solutions for machine vision, image analysis, medical imaging, and video surveillance. Products include frame grabbers, vision processors, imaging computers, industrial and smart cameras, and application development software. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Matrox is a privately held company with offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Hong Kong. For more company information, visit "About Matrox Imaging".

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Overbury, Marketing Communications Manager
Matrox Imaging
1055 St. Regis Blvd., Dorval, Quebec, H9P 2T4
Tel: 514-685-2630 ext. 2459
Email: coverbur@matrox.com