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Publication Date: 09/1/2009
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PPT Vision: Intuitive OCR Technology
Intuitive smart camera system.
Bloomington, MN — PPT Vision, Inc. has introduced what it describes as the machine vision industry's most intuitive OCR (optical character recognition) technology — now available with its 8.3 release of IMPACT software.

According to the company, the new combination offers an incredibly robust character reading and verification tool which enables the company and its partners to successfully implement challenging OCR applications that less capable systems or vision sensors do not have the capability to support.

The new smart cameras can reliably read difficult dot-matrix printing, a challenge often encountered with label inspection, bottle inspection and package inspection. The software's sophisticated image processing can even reliably read characters of different sizes. Its complex pattern recognition algorithms in its OCR tool are now simple to manage in many print inspection and identification system applications. In addition to being so reliably robust, PPT the OCR tool is also deterministically fast — reading text strings at 1.0 milliseconds per character and .01 seconds for a 10-character word or part number — making it a suitable solution for many high-speed inspection applications.

The OCR software runs on all of the company's Impact Intelligent Camera platforms and is an add-on license to the IMPACT 8.3 software. It is available on the value-priced CMOS imager IMPACT A- Series, the powerful self-contained IMPACT T-Series and the versatile, 18 I/O (inputs and outputs) IMPACT C-Series.

The just-released 8.3 software also includes Microsoft® ActiveX® control software that allows OCR data to be seamlessly embedded in machine control software and full-factory SCADA systems. In addition, in 8.3, IMPACT delivers many simple tool setup features, reducing inspection configuration time.

Contact: PPT Vision, 6301 Old Shakopee Road, Suite A, Bloomington, MN 55438 952-996-9500 fax: 952-996-9501 E-mail: Web:

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