Software provides enhanced color-based quality inspection

DECEMBER 11, 2008--iNspect Color software adds support for color processing as well as inspection to the company's Vision Appliances.

DECEMBER 11, 2008--iNspect Color software adds support for color processing as well as inspection to the company's Vision Appliances. It allows segmenting of images by color such that all standard measurement tools can be applied to the inspection task, including verification, sorting, and inspection of parts and assemblies. Features such as on-the-fly image rotating and multicamera tiling have been added, in addition to multicamera display and statistical trend plots on the operator interface, that render the application suitable for color-based quality inspection in packaging, automotive, and pharmaceutical industries.
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DALSA Extends Vision Appliance Software Capability
with iNspect Color

Well suited for Color-based Quality Inspection in Packaging, Automotive and Pharmaceutical industries

BILLERICA, Mass. - June 3, 2008 - DALSA Corporation [TSX: DSA], a global leader in machine vision technology, today announced the availability of iNspect Color, a major new version of the iNspect software package for DALSA's popular line of Vision Appliances. DALSA's Vision Appliances are easy-to-use, embedded machine vision solutions that are both powerful and quick-to-deploy for automated quality inspection applications.

DALSA's Vision Appliances are equipped with two distinct styles of application interface software to accommodate the differing needs and experience of users. iNspect software is ideal for both first time and experienced vision users alike; it offers excellent inspection capabilities that can be readily applied across a multitude of applications. For experienced vision integrators, DALSA offers Sherlock software with more advanced capabilities.

With the introduction of iNspect Color, this breakthrough machine vision inspection tool adds support for color processing, as well as extensive new inspection capabilities. iNspect Color provides the ability to segment images by color such that all of the standard measurement tools can be applied to the inspection task, including verification, sorting and inspection of parts and assemblies.

Typical color applications include:
- Confirming that the correct color cap or label is applied in the packaging industry
- Verifying the number and color of pills in a blister pack for pharmaceutical applications
- Inspecting the color or texture of interior automotive parts
- Verifying the order of color wires in a cable harness, or fuses in a fuse box, in the automotive industry
- Identifying and sorting product by color across all industries

In addition to color support, the software also provides new and incremental tool improvements, interactive tool setup and easier integration to third party devices such as Rockwell Automation PLCs. Special features, such as on the fly image rotating and multi-camera tiling, have been added to further simplify application setup. Similarly, multi-camera display and statistical trend plots are now available on the operator interface.

These new features broaden iNspect's diverse application reach without compromising its trademark ease-of-use. For more complex applications, iNspect's script-like programming interface has been expanded to offer maximum flexibility when needed. Likewise, for OEMs or system integrators, iNspect now offers extensive network commands for program integration.

For more information about iNspect software, visit the iNspect section of the company's web site. iNspect Color will begin shipping this month on DALSA Vision Appliances. Color applications are supported with DALSA Genie color cameras ranging in resolution from 640x480 to 1600x1200.

About DALSA's Machine Vision Products and Services
For more than 25 years, DALSA has led the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision OEM market, the company now offers Vision Appliances for factory floor deployment. Today, DALSA image sensors, cameras, frame grabbers, software, and Vision Appliances are used in thousands of automated inspection systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, flat panel display, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging and general manufacturing.

About DALSA Corporation
DALSA is an international leader in high performance digital imaging and semiconductors with approximately 1000 employees worldwide. Established in 1980, the Company designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital imaging products and solutions, in addition to providing semiconductor products and services. DALSA's core competencies are in specialized integrated circuit and electronics technology, software, and highly engineered semiconductor wafer processing. Products and services include image sensor components (CCD and CMOS); electronic digital cameras; vision processors; image processing software; and semiconductor wafer foundry services for use in MEMS, high-voltage semiconductors, image sensors and mixed-signal CMOS chips. DALSA is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DSA" and has its corporate offices in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


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