MERLIC is the all-in-one software product for quickly building machine vision applications without programming from MVTec. It is based on MVTec’s extensive machine vision expertise and combines reliable, fast performance with ease of use. With this latest version, MERLIC 4.7, MVTec have based the updates on three areas; Connectivity, Camera Handling and General Improvements.

CONNECTIVITY

New standard interfaces have been added, such as the integrated OPC UA server, socket communication as well as a communicator plug-in interface (API), which will enable customers to develop their own communication interfaces. MERLIC can thus be seamlessly integrated into almost any machine.

CAMERA HANDLING

In MERLIC 4.7 the first version of the Image Source Manager (ISM) will be available. This detaches the image acquisition source from the tool flow and allows MVApps to be easily copied and executed between different systems without adjustments to the camera settings. MERLIC also supports the hardware trigger of cameras as well as the “continuous execution” mode in addition to the “single execution” mode.

GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

From this version 4.7, MERLIC is built on HALCON Progress, thus laying the foundation to offer the latest image processing features in upcoming MERLIC releases. These include, deep-learning-based tools or the reading of new data code types.

Other improvements include the significantly accelerated startup time of MERLIC, which has a particularly strong impact on lower performance systems. In addition, the execution time for each tool can now be measured. This allows tracking the most time-consuming tools in an MVApp.