Software facilitates color- and texture-based inspection.
August 11, 2006 -
By comparing images of items or scenes of interest to their respective stored reference images, HueView(TM) enables inspections to be done based on color, texture, or user-selectable combination of both. WinTel-compatible software application works on multicolored, patterned, and textured items, supporting image acquisition using FireWire cameras, TWAIN, and analog camera/framegrabber combinations. It incorporates learning capabilities and requires no follow-up data analysis.
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Value Engineering Alliance, The
478 Putnam Avenue, Suite 2
Cambridge, MA, 02139-4772
Hueview(TM) Technology Offers Unprecedented Levels of Color and Texture-Based Optical Inspection Performance
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The Value Engineering Alliance, a leading provider of machine vision solutions, announces the availability of HueView, innovative inspection technology specifically developed to deliver comprehensive color analysis of multicolored, patterned and textured items.
Used to measure color (in RGB, HSI or LAB space) and texture, monitor product appearance, classify/grade goods, facilitate sorting operations, assess visual similarity or detect defects, by comparing images of items or scenes of interest to their respective stored reference images, HueView optimizes its flexibility, accuracy and repeatability by operating at high spatial resolutions and enabling inspections to be done based on color, texture or a user selectable combination of the two. Allowing texture analysis to be factored into inspections as required ensures that items possessing sufficiently similar color content but featuring varying mixes of multiple colors or subtle defects in their patterns can still be identified as aberrant or of unsatisfactory appearance.
HueView is currently available in the form of an easy-to-use WinTel-compatible software application that supports image acquisition using FireWire cameras, TWAIN and analog camera/framegrabber combinations, eliminates the need for programming, is quickly trained by simply being shown reference examples, incorporates powerful pattern recognition and learning capabilities and requires no follow-up data analysis. The level of interest expressed by software developers will determine whether the technology becomes available in a form suitable for implementation by those ready, willing and able to create their own application programs.
A typical solution consists of the existing software application running on a PC that features a Pentium 4 processor operating at ³ 3.0 GHz, a light box, industrial microscope, camera stand or online setup and an appropriate camera, optics and illumination configuration.
Applications include inspection of materials in general (textiles, leathers, papers, composites, plastics, metals), inspection of building/renovation materials in particular (tile, carpet, granite, marble, wood, countertops, paints and stains, wallpaper), inspection of food (meats, fruits & vegetables, cheeses, baked goods), inspection of consumer goods (cosmetics and jewelry) medical (dermatology, pathology, dentistry, pharmaceuticals), manufacturing operations (lot matching, material optimization, wear testing, thin film interference pattern analysis, thermal analysis, etc.), graphic arts (color printing and reproduction, proofing), scientific investigation (microscopy, fluorescence, forensics), image-based database retrieval and analysis of artwork.
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About The Value Engineering Alliance
Established in July of 1987, THE VALUE ENGINEERING ALLIANCE specializes in the conceptualization, development, marketing, selling, and implementation of machine vision solutions that lower the overall costs of laboratory and industrial manufacturing operations (analysis, assembly, inspection, test, control, identification, etc.) while achieving equivalent or enhanced levels of system/process performance and reliability.
Renowned as the supplier of application-specific vision software libraries used by several of the vision industry's premier players to enhance their existing offerings or expand into new application arenas, The VEA has been equally successful as a supplier of vision software and systems used in numerous industries by OEMs, system developers/integrators and automation engineers inside end user organizations. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), the VEA operates worldwide via its extensive network of allied organizations and individuals. For additional information about the VEA's activities and areas of expertise, visit www.The-V-E-A.com.