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Matrox Imaging and DENSO Collaborate on Vision-based Robot Guidance and Robot-based Automated Visual Inspection

Direct communication link between Matrox Design Assistant machine vision software and DENSO RC8 robot controller implemented

MONTREAL – April 28, 2015 — Matrox Imaging today announced its collaboration with DENSO WAVE has culminated in the extension of direct robot communication support in Matrox Design Assistant machine vision software to DENSO robots using the RC8 controller.

Matrox Design Assistant 4 is the first hardware-independent integrated development environment (IDE) that lets users easily create an application flowchart and HMI and take projects from concept to completion in record time, without the need for conventional programming. Flexible project deployment options include Matrox Iris GT smart cameras, Matrox 4Sight GPm industrial imaging computers and PCs with standard GigE Vision® or USB3 Vision® cameras.

“Robot and vision systems integrators now have an easier way to create guidance applications that interact seamlessly with DENSO robots,” said Yousuke Sawada, manager, Controller Business Unit, DENSO WAVE Incorporated. “Matrox Design Assistant is a powerful yet easy to use development environment and very versatile.”

“DENSO robots are widely used in manufacturing industries around the world to improve quality, increase productivity, ensure safety and provide flexibility,” said Sam Lopez, director of sales and marketing at Matrox Imaging. “The company’s endorsement of Matrox Design Assistant through this collaboration will give our joint customers confidence that they can realize these benefits reliably and cost-effectively.”

The Matrox Design Assistant robot communication protocol is network socket-based whereby the robot program requests a connection, the vision system accepts the connection, the robot program asks the vision project to locate the next part and the vision system provides the part location to the robot program. DENSO WAVE created a “Provider Software” add-on to perform this communication on the RC8 robot controller.

Availability

Native communication between a Matrox Design Assistant project and a DENSO robot requires Matrox Design Assistant 4 with Service Pack 1 available from Matrox and an RC8 controller with the appropriate COA Provider from DENSO.

About DENSO WAVE

DENSO WAVE, a subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, is a leading supplier of automatic data capture solutions, industrial robots and controllers. As one of the world's largest automotive parts manufacturers, DENSO has been a leader and pioneer in manufacturing automation, including the design and manufacturing of industrial robot arms, since the 1960s. DENSO is also the world's largest user of small assembly robots, from four-axis SCARA robots to five- and six-axis articulated robots. More than 17,000 DENSO small industrial robots are employed in the company's own manufacturing facilities, and more than 85,000 additional DENSO small industrial robots are used by other companies worldwide. For more information, visit www.denso-wave.com.

About Matrox Imaging

Established in 1976, Matrox Imaging is a leading developer of component-level solutions for machine vision, image analysis and medical imaging. Products include frame grabbers, vision processors, imaging computers, 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 information, visit www.matrox.com/imaging.

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