Improving HexSight

Adept Technology has released HexSight 3.3, an improved version of its PC-based machine vision library used in robot guidance and inspection applications.

With HexSight 3.3, Adept’s machine vision library is now available either as ActiveX controls (with support for .NET development environment) as well as DLL or static C++ libraries for tighter integration into vision applications.

The Locator, an object location tool featuring multi-model and built-in calibration support, was improved in performance and ease of use. Based on geometric location algorithms, it was made model-based for accurate location of sub-features of varying scale and rotation. A simplified setup mode was also added for faster configuration.

In addition to the Locator, HexSight includes a complete set of vision tools that are all model-based: Edge Locator, Caliper, Blob Analyzer, and geometric Finder tools, to name a few. These tools are used once the acquisition device has processed images and parts have been accurately positioned by the powerful Locator. They allow for various measurements and identification of parts or sub-features of parts such as barcodes and data matrixes. They therefore help decrease the inspection process time down to milliseconds so an automated system can quickly act on located objects.

The HexSight 3.3 release also includes new application examples, making it easier to rapidly prototype applications and integrate HexSight in more complex OEM vision applications.

Additionally, the HexSight machine vision library has an open interface architecture that allows for the support of a variety of frame grabbers and FireWire (IEEE 1394) cameras from different vendors.

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