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Matrox Iris GT smart camera with Design Assistant 2.4 software brings color to machine vision

Smart camera and software bundle offers new possibilities for manufacturing control and inspection applications

March 21, 2011, Chicago, IL — At Automate 2011, Matrox Imaging is announcing that the Matrox Iris GT color smart cameras work with Design Assistant 2.4 software to offer new possibilities for manufacturing control and inspection. Matrox Design Assistant 2.4 flowchart-based integrated development environment introduces a set of tools to identify parts, products, and items using color, in addition to assessing quality from color and isolating features using color.

Matrox Design Assistant's Color Matcher step determines the best matching color from a collection of samples for each region of interest within an image. A color sample can be specified interactively from an image or through the use of numerical values. A color sample can be a single color or a distribution of colors (i.e., histogram). The color matching method and the interpretation of color differences can be manually adjusted to suit particular application requirements. The Color Matcher step can also match each image pixel to color samples, which segments the image into appropriate elements for further analysis using other steps such as Blob Analysis.

The Image Processing step includes operations to calculate the color distance and perform color projection. The distance operation reveals the extent of color differences within and between images, while the projection operation enhances color to grayscale image conversion for analysis using other grayscale processing steps.

In addition to color analysis tools, Matrox Design Assistant 2.4 introduces a Code Verifier step to grade identification marks using ANSI/AIM and ISO/IEC standards, as well as several features to facilitate project design and maintenance.

Matrox Design Assistant 2.4 is scheduled for official release by the end of Q2 2011.

About Matrox Iris GT with Matrox Design Assistant

The Matrox Iris GT with Matrox Design Assistant smart camera line is intended for systems integrators, machine builders, and OEMs who need to quickly configure and deploy machine vision applications. Matrox Design Assistant is an intuitive, versatile, and extendable integrated development environment (IDE) where applications are created by constructing a flowchart. 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 the single IDE.

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