Halcon user conference in Japan views applications, trends

FEBRUARY 15--On January 30, 2007, an international Halcon user conference in Yokohama, Japan, celebrated ten years of cooperation between MVTec (Munich, Germany; www.mvtec.com) and its exclusive distributor in Japan, LinX (Yokohama).

FEBRUARY 15--On January 30, 2007, an international Halcon user conference in Yokohama, Japan, celebrated ten years of cooperation between MVTec (Munich, Germany; www.mvtec.com) and its exclusive distributor in Japan, LinX (Yokohama). German and Japanese companies gave presentations on how they have implemented machine-vision applications for production processes with Halcon.

More than 300 industry representatives from Germany, Japan, and other Asian countries came to Yokohama to attend this event. Companies such as Bosch, Canon, Honda, and Rodenstock showcased their newest developments. All of these companies use the Halcon software library to solve their machine-vision problems. Furthermore, the managing directors of MVTec and the president of LinX, Wolfgang Eckstein, Olaf Munkelt, and Kei Murakami, gave presentations on future ideas for machine vision and possibilities they will open to the industry.

HALCON 8.0, which will come to market in summer 2007, was previewed. The use of HALCON 8.0 for 3-D robotics and its advanced IDE were of most interest to the audience.

MVTec is a manufacturer of standard software for machine vision. The company has more than 30 established distributors throughout North and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia (China, Japan, Korea). LinX is one of MVTec's first distributors since it was founded in 1996.

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