MERLIC - A New Generation of Machine Vision Software

Introductory Video: MERLIC
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MERLIC is based on MVTec's comprehensive machine vision expertise and combines reliability and speed with first-class ease of use. An image-centric user interface and an intuitive operating concept ensure an efficient workflow. This enormously shortens the creation and deployment of machine vision applications.

Thanks to the graphical user interface and powerful tools, complete machine vision applications can be created easily and intuitively with MERLIC. With its "all-in-one" approach, it covers the entire process: from image acquisition, image processing, integrated communication interface, to visualization of the results. The software supports all common industry standards and a wide range of hardware.

The software includes state-of-the-art deep learning functions as well as all essential methods of classical image processing. With this comprehensive tool library, a wide range of image processing tasks can be solved easily and intuitively. These include classification, measuring, counting, checking, reading of text and numbers, bar codes, and data codes, position determination, as well as 3D vision based on height images.

MVTec MERLIC is available for Windows- and Linux-based PC systems as well as for Arm®-based embedded platforms.

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MERLIC 5.2 Release - what's new?

MERLIC 5.2 has a heavy emphasis on pushing deep learning technologies further, while at the same time streamlining its interface and making it even more easy-to-use.

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Meet MVTecs previous MERLIC Versions

MERLIC enables complete machine vision applications to be quickly developed and deployed without having to write a single line of code.


MERLIC 5.1 expands the range of functions and improves usability.

MERLIC 5.1 is inspired by MVTec's belief that even users without any in-depth programming knowledge should be able to benefit from machine vision. MERLIC 5 was already a tremendous success and raised the software to a whole new level. With version 5.1, MVTec is continuing along the same path – for example, by relying even more on innovative deep learning technologies and integrating new functions so that more users can take advantage of easy-to-use machine vision software.

Features introduced by MERLIC 5.1

    A new tool for optical character recognition, which is based on HALCON’s Deep OCR technology.
    Artificial Intelligence Acceleration Interface (AI²) plug-ins for the NVIDIA® TensorRT™ SDK and the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit.
    Selecting and setting the correct camera parameters within the Image Source Manager (ISM) is further simplified.
    The "Evaluate Expression" tool has been extended. Now, any number of evaluations can be performed within the same tool.
    A test version is made available for evaluating MERLIC RTE (Runtime Environment) for Linux on PC and for Arm-based platforms.


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MERLIC 5 introduces a new licensing model for greatest possible flexibility.

It allows customers to choose the package – and price – that exactly fits the scope of their application. Depending on the required number of image sources and features (“add-ons”) for the application, the packages Small, Medium, Large and X-Large as well as a free trial version is available. This new "package" concept replaces the previous "editions" model.

With the release of MERLIC 5, MVTec’s state-of-the-art deep learning technologies are finding their way into the all-in-one machine vision software MERLIC. Easier than ever before, users can now harness the power of deep learning for their vision applications.

MERLIC 5 includes Anomaly Detection and Classification deep learning technologies:

  • The "Detect Anomalies" tool allows to perform all training and processing steps to detect anomalies directly in MERLIC.
  • The "Classify Image" tool enables using classifiers (e.g., trained with MVTec's Deep Learning Tool) to easily classify objects in MERLIC.

MERLIC 5 includes the Image Source Manager (ISM). The ISM detaches the image acquisition source from the tool flow and allows MVApps to be easily copied and executed between different systems without adjustments to the camera settings. Thanks to a graphical user interface, managing and configuring image sources can be done simply and comfortably.

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