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MVTec reports on standardisation initiatives

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To mark its 33rd meeting with the GenICam Standard Group during the IVSM (International Vision Standards Meeting, October 7 to 11 in Stresa, Italy), MVTec Software GmbH (www.mvtec.com), the leading provider of standard machine vision software, is reporting on its active collaboration on important machine vision standards. These include the GenICam (Generic Interface for Cameras) standard, which was launched in 2006 and standardizes software-based access to all kinds of camera features used in machine vision. All current camera standards, such as GigE Vision and CoaXPress, are based on GenICam. MVTec has been contributing to the development of the GenICam standard since 2005. In doing so, the company has been actively involved in initiatives dedicated to the easy interoperability of software and hardware and, in particular, the integration of 3D sensors. Christoph Zierl, MVTec's Technical Director, also represents the company within the GenICam Standard Group as its Vice-Chair of Marketing & Operations.

MVTec also participates in the integration of process automation and machine vision by promoting the usability of the Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) standard. OPC UA ensures consistent data exchange between different industrial components regardless of the manufacturer, platform, and operating system. For this purpose, MVTec is collaborating on the OPC UA Companion Specification for Machine Vision (OPC Machine Vision for short) as a member of the VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association). This is a companion specification that serves the specific needs of the machine vision sector.

And finally, MVTec has been involved in the GigE Vision and USB3 Vision camera standards for several years serving as a member on both Technical Committees. Here again, MVTec focuses on the seamless interfacing of 2D and 3D cameras with software in machine vision applications.

Integrating process automation and machine vision

"Our aim is to play a crucial role in furthering the standardization of machine vision. What began with our work on the GigE Vision and GenICam standards in 2005 is now being continued in the further development of OPC Machine Vision. In this way, we are making a substantial contribution to the seamless integration of process automation and machine vision," explains Christoph Zierl, Technical Director at MVTec Software GmbH.

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