Machine Vision for Industry 4.0, Live and Up Close: MVTec at HANNOVER MESSE

  • Presentation of MERLIC 4 and HALCON 18.11

  • Application and benefits of machine vision in the Industrial Internet of Things

  • Exciting robot demo provides insight into MERLIC functionality

Munich, February 18, 2019 – Innovative standard machine vision software performs a vital function in Industry 4.0 aka the Industrial Internet of Things. MVTec Software GmbH (www.mvtec.com) will be demonstrating this at HANNOVER MESSE from April 1 to 5, 2019. In line with the trade fair’s motto, “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence”, the provider of standard machine vision software will be exhibiting the highlights of its portfolio at booth E42/15 in hall 17 as part of the Robotics, Automation & Vision Application Park. Visitors can experience first-hand how professional machine vision software products contribute to the digital networking of man and machine, thanks to optimized process integration and ease of use.

The focus is on MERLIC 4, the new version of the standard software for easily and efficiently creating machine vision applications. Highlights include the parallel processing and implementation of various tools as well as many other new and optimized MERLIC 4 features. MVTec is also presenting the deep learning functions of its second flagship product, HALCON 18.11.

Practical demo of MVTec MERLIC

To demonstrate the application and benefits of MERLIC, MVTec is showcasing a new demo for robot-supported inspections. The demo clearly shows how the software enables the fast retrofitting to other machine vision tasks and how the processes can be integrated when changing a production line. A collaborative robot controls the camera, autonomously recognizes new workpiece series, and performs various tasks, thus ensuring a high degree of flexibility when inspecting different objects. The exhibit also demonstrates the seamless integration of machine vision and programmable logic controllers (PLC). 

About MVTec

MVTec is a leading manufacturer of standard software for machine vision. MVTec products are used in all demanding areas of imaging: Semi-conductor industry, web inspection, quality control and inspection applications in general, medicine, 3D vision, and surveillance. MVTec, with its head office in Munich (Germany), has more than 30 established distributors worldwide and in addition, MVTec, LLC works out of Boston, MA (USA). www.mvtec.com


MVTec HALCON is the comprehensive standard software for machine vision with an integrated development environment (HDevelop) that is used worldwide. It enables cost savings and improved time to market. HALCON’s flexible architecture facilitates rapid development of any kind of machine vision application. MVTec HALCON provides outstanding performance and a comprehensive support of multi-core platforms, special instruction sets like AVX2 and NEON, as well as GPU acceleration. It serves all industries, with a library used in hundreds of thousands of installations in all areas of imaging like blob analysis, morphology, matching, measuring, and identification. The software provides the latest state-of-the-art machine vision technologies, such as comprehensive 3D vision and deep learning algorithms.

The software secures your investment by supporting a wide range of operating systems and providing interfaces to hundreds of industrial cameras and frame grabbers, in particular by supporting standards like GenICam, GigE Vision, and USB3 Vision. By default, MVTec HALCON runs on Arm®-based smart cameras and other embedded vision platforms. It can also be ported to various microprocessors/DSPs, operating systems, and compilers. Thus, the software is ideally suited for the use within embedded systems. www.halcon.com, www.embedded-vision-software.com


MVTec MERLIC is the all-in-one software product for quickly building machine vision applications without any need for programming. It is based on MVTec's extensive machine vision expertise and combines reliable, fast performance with ease of use. An image-centered user interface and intuitive interaction concepts like easyTouch provide an efficient workflow, which leads to time and cost savings. MERLIC provides powerful tools to design and build complete machine vision applications with a graphical user interface, integrated PLC communication, and image acquisition based on industry standards.

All standard machine vision tools such as calibration, measuring, counting, checking, reading, position determination, as well as 3D vision with height images are included in MVTec MERLIC. Furthermore, the software is able to execute tools in parallel, increasing overall efficiency and improving the implementation of multi-camera-setups. MERLIC’s features are all based on the latest state-of-the-art machine vision technologies, such as matching or deep learning. The software is available for Windows-based PC and embedded platforms, making it ideally suited for use in smart cameras. www.merlic.com

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