MVTec Adds Deep Learning to New MERLIC Software

The fifth version of its all-in-one machine vision software will release next month, featuring deep learning, an Image Source Manager & new packages.

By Joel Davies -

MVTec Software has revealed it will release MERLIC 5, the new version of its all-in-one machine vision software that enables machine vision applications to be created without writing code, on October 7, 2021.

“With MERLIC 5, we offer high-quality yet easy-to-use machine vision software for all conceivable applications and industrial sectors. It allows our customers to conveniently integrate a machine vision package into their process environment and access innovative deep learning technologies”, explained Christoph Wagner, Technical Product Manager for MERLIC at MVTec.

MERLIC 5 contains new features including the Image Source Manager (ISM), which separates the image acquisition source from the image processing part. As a result, machine vision applications can be copied and run between different systems without adjusting the camera settings whilst the graphical user interface allows the image sources to be managed and configured.

MVTec’s latest deep learning functions are also available in the MERLIC 5 all-in-one machine vision software. MERLIC 5 includes deep-learning-based anomaly detection, which it states “provides important added value, particularly in applications where few or no ‘bad images’ are available”.

Just a small number of “good images” is sufficient for training so that all types of defects can then be located. MVTec says the training process usually takes only a few seconds, meaning that users can perform many iterations to fine-tune their applications within a short period of time.

MVTec’s MERLIC software is complimented by HALCON, with the latest version of the software released in May 2021. Image: MVTec.

The second deep learning feature integrated into MERLIC 5 is the “classify image” tool, which can be used to assign images to trained classes based on deep learning algorithms. The technology is particularly suitable for classifying defects or objects with highly variable shapes and appearance, as in the case of natural products.

The models can be trained using, among other things, the free Deep Learning Tool from MVTec and then imported into MERLIC 5. The MERLIC 5 launch will be accompanied in its early phase by a campaign to generate “curiosity” about its deep learning features and also to help users understand them better.

To account for the growing number of industries and sectors, fields of application and demands on machine vision software machine vision applications are now being used in, MVTec has created a new package-based licensing model for MERLIC 5. The packages are designed so that users can choose the range of functions that they need for their application.

You can find more information about MVTec and its new MERLIC 5 all-in-one machine vision software on its website.

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