The latest HALCON version has been available for download on the MVTec website since November 30, 2018. The release contains new trailblazing features that have been very well received by both users and developers. MERLIC 4, the new software version for the rapid creation of complete machine vision solutions, will be released on February 15, 2019.
HALCON 18.11 with semantic segmentation
At VISION 2018, MVTec presented semantic segmentation as one outstanding feature of HALCON 18.11. Object, feature, or error classes trained with the aid of deep learning and convolutional neural networks (CNNs) can be segmented with pixel precision. This supports the recognition of objects with highly heterogeneous textures, for instance. Also new in HALCON 18.11, the object recognition feature marks the objects to be detected with a bounding box for each object within the image. This makes it possible, for example, to count objects within an image. MVTec offers pretrained deep learning networks for all AI-based processes.
The latest HALCON release also contains many new features for developers. For example, HALCON’s integrated development environment, HDevelop, now displays detailed information on important handle variables. Other new functions include dictionaries for the convenient management of complex data, as well as a Hilscher CifX interface for communication with nearly all industrial field bus protocols.
MERLIC 4 introduces parallelization
At the VISION trade show, MVTec experts also demonstrated many new practical features of MERLIC 4 that greatly improve its usability. One particular highlight is parallelization, i.e., the ability to run multiple tools at the same time. This improves the implementation of multi-camera systems, for instance, and supports a more efficient use of computing capacities. Moreover, MERLIC can now also be integrated more effectively into automation solutions via Hilscher cards, using field bus communication protocols (such as PROFIBUS or PROFINET).
"Similar to previous events, our presence at VISION once again turned out to be a resounding success. Every day, we experienced large crowds of specialists, partners, and journalists, who were inspired by our product presentations and live demonstrations. We were also very happy to see that our forum presentations and presence during the Industrial Vision Days, at the School of VISION, as well as at the trade show's standardization booth were particularly popular," remarks Dr. Olaf Munkelt, MVTec Managing Director.
HALCON World Tour registers record visitor numbers
Users can learn more about the latest HALCON 18.11 features and benefits first hand at the HALCON World Tour, which will continue until the first quarter of 2019. This proven international presentation series got off to a very successful start in Japan in mid-November. More than 1,500 visitors participated, which set a record for MVTec. The tour is being organized by MVTec's distribution partners. The full schedule can be found at www.mvtec.com/news-press/halcon-events.