HALCON 22.11 provides a wide range of new and improved machine vision features:
3D Gripping Point Detection
The new 3D Gripping Point Detection technology highlights the new HALCON 22.11 release. It can be used to robustly detect surfaces on any object suitable for gripping with suction. In contrast to classic bin-picking applications, this new technology eliminates the need to train object surfaces. This means that no prior knowledge of the specific objects is required, enabling the much faster and cost-efficient implementation of typical bin-picking applications, such as those in the logistics industry.
Data Type Memory Block
The HALCON 22.11 edition also introduces a new data type called “memory block”, which can be used to store and transfer binary data in MVTecs software HALCON as well as further process it with other applications. This increases the software's compatibility with machine communication protocols, such as OPC UA or image acquisition interfaces, e.g. for storing camera configuration files. Furthermore, there is the option to encrypt all data that can be serialised, which significantly increases data security. In this way, trained deep learning models can now also be protected. This allows users to protect their expertise and investment that has gone into collecting the data and training the models. Moreover, it can be ensured that only authorised users use the respective model.
The Guided GradCam supplies even more precise clues, in the form of a heat map, as to which regions of the image are relevant for the decision made by the deep learning network. For example, this makes it possible to investigate misclassification.
HAILO AI Acceleration Hardware
MVTec's machine vision software HALCON 22.11 now also supports HAILO AI acceleration hardware, which can be used via a plug-in to execute deep learning inferences very quickly. This broadens the range of available hardware and increases flexibility when it comes to using the best components for each application.
With HALCON 22.11, MVTec expands the licensing possibilities by adding the option to license HALCON via a network. A license server allows the use of floating licenses. Here, developers share a predefined number of licenses using a network connection. Customers benefit from cost savings due to multi-usage and greater flexibility in user allocation, developers enjoy greater independence and flexibility regarding their work location. Especially for distributed or remotely working development teams, this is the perfect way to effectively make use of HALCON’s powerful machine vision algorithms. Besides this, the new mechanism enables users to work in virtualised environments without a permanent physical host ID.