Cognex Corp. has released VisionPro Surface, a vision software package for inspecting the surface of materials. It combines new visual defect detection and classification technology with a simple user interface for accurate inspection during the manufacturing of solar energy, architectural glass, high-end plastics and materials coatings. The software works by monitoring the visual appearance of the material. Using statistical analysis, it identifies potential defects and classifies them into groups based on similarity in contrast, texture and/or geometry. The user adjusts the system’s sensitivity and assigns values to distinguish among different defect types. During production, the system classifies the defects according to the user-defined categories. Features include point-and-click configuration and web-based reporting tools that let the user map, list and view defects with the push of a button.