National Instruments has introduced version 6.0 of its IMAQ Vision Builder software for machine vision applications. With this software, LabView automatically draws virtual instruments and uses IMAQ Vision, a set of machine vision and image processing functions, to provide color pattern matching. Applications include sorting, color inspection, and identification of missing or misplaced components, misaligned parts, incorrect component sizes and color discrepancies. The software offers calibrating camera optics and the ability to preserve image integrity with nondestructive overlay, and it can make measurements with analytic geometric tools. It also can find multiple edges along different search areas such as rectangles, circles or annuli.