MUNICH, Aug. 22, 2016 — MVTec Software GmbH has announced the HALCON 13 machine vision software with an expanded range of functions. The software features increased performance for shape-based matching. In addition, damaged, occluded or incomplete bar codes, as well as deformed data codes, can now be recognized and read more robustly. HALCON 13 features easy-to-use texture inspection and offers an enhanced, deep learning based optical character recognition, as well as the automatic, robust identification of dot print fonts. The software speeds up processing with AVX2-compatible processors and increases the speed of all related technologies such as shape-based 3D matching, local and perspective deformable matching and component-based matching. Texture inspection identifies potential texture defects by using an image-based comparison with flawless materials. This new feature allows the classification of a wide range of different textures with only a few parameters, making surface inspections of corresponding textures much easier. It also provides a further improved surface-based 3D matching.