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Microscan announced addition of machine vision tools to MicroHAWK platform

Microscan announced addition of machine vision tools to MicroHAWK platform

June 24, 2016 – Microscan, a global manufacturer of miniature barcode imagers and machine vision smart cameras for industrial automation, redefines imaging technology as a single, omni-capable platform for any automation task. With the scalability to accomplish auto ID as well as machine vision in one, MicroHAWK offers the breadth of Microscan software and hardware options on a small smart camera suite. The MicroHAWK family includes an integrated imaging engine and three industrial-rated miniature imagers.

Today, Microscan announces that it has now added its full range of machine vision tools to the ultra- compact MicroHAWK platform, releasing integrated machine vision systems. Paired with Microscan’s browser-based WebLink UI, simplified AutoVISION Machine Vision Software, or the advanced Visionscape Machine Vision Software, MicroHAWK Smart Cameras (MV-20, MV-30, and MV-40) expand the concept of industrial imaging from barcode imaging alone to the universal imaging of any code, text, or part feature to accomplish any automation task based on visible data.

With the addition of machine vision, the MicroHAWK platform gains scalability beyond its selectable hardware configurations. Now users can also choose their device’s software capability to accomplish barcode reading, machine vision, or a combination of the two on a single platform. The browser-based WebLink interface provides MicroHAWK cameras with industry-leading X-Mode decoding technology for reading any code, from high-contrast 1D to the most challenging direct part marks (DPM). This interface offers intuitive controls and does not require software installation, enabling users to integrate MicroHAWK into any system. Alternately, AutoVISION software provides MicroHAWK with Auto ID+ capability for the barcode reading performance of WebLink plus a range of inspection tools offered through Microscan’s machine vision library, scalable to Visionscape for complex inspection.

The launch of MicroHAWK machine vision also ushers in the latest revision of Microscan’s AutoVISION
4.0 software, featuring an expanded toolset in a simplified interface for basic to mid-range machine vision applications. AutoVISION 4.0 adds a Circle Measure Tool for measuring features like drill holes; color tools for detecting and matching colored objects like test tube caps; support for autofocus in the MicroHAWK MV-30, MV-40, and Vision HAWK smart cameras; and support for Microscan’s PC-based GigE (gigabit Ethernet) machine vision cameras. AutoVISION continues to be scalable to Microscan’s comprehensive machine vision software, Visionscape, for advanced inspection tasks and custom machine vision programming.

About Microscan

Microscan is a leader in precision data acquisition and control solutions serving a range of automation and OEM applications. Founded in 1982, Microscan has a strong history of  innovation that includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner and the Data Matrix symbology. Today, Microscan remains a technology leader in automatic identification and machine vision with extensive solutions for ID tracking, traceability, and inspection, ranging from basic barcode reading to complex machine vision inspection, identification, and measurement.