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Deep Learning Made Easy with HALCON 20.05

Published on June 30, 2020

In addition to its comprehensive array of rule-based methods, MVTec HALCON offers a wide range of the latest deep learning technologies including object detection, classification and anomaly detection. As a certified distributor for HALCON*, The Imaging Source has tested HALCON's powerful deep learning functionality extensively in order to help you get started as quickly as possible with your deep learning projects.

<b>HALCON 20.05</b>: MVTec HALCON directly integrates third-party libraries into the HALCON installer, which saves time and allows you to get started with your deep learning application right away.

Because required third-party libraries are directly integrated into the HALCON installer, the system is ready immediately after installation. HALCON's deep learning functionality enables users to take on inspection tasks that were previously impossible or required considerable programming hours.

MVTec HALCON also offers a data labeling tool (at no additional cost) whose labeled data can be seamlessly integrated into the HALCON development environment, HDevelop, enabling particularly rapid set up of robust AI modeling for successful deep-learning-based OCR, object detection, semantic segmentation and anomaly detection.

HALCON provides sample workflows featuring several convenience functions that simplify working with its deep learning technologies. Many of these sample workflows can be easily adapted to your own tasks, thereby eliminating the need to code complicated workflows for training and evaluation of your neural network. HALCON also performs automatic memory management, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

Direct monitoring of training and current progress rounds out this collection of versatile, user-friendly software products that will enable you to get started using deep learning technologies in your own applications right away.

Contact us* for a free HALCON evaluation license and get started today. See for yourself how easy deep learning can be.

*Please Note: The Imaging Source is a certified MVTec distributor for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and number of other countries around the world. Please click here to find the authorized MVTec distributor for your country.

MVTec Offers Live Webinar for HALCON 20.05

Published on May 4, 2020

MVTec's newest version of their HALCON Progress Edition, HALCON 20.05, will be released on May 20, 2020. To mark the event, MVTec will host a free webinar to acquaint users with the latest improvements.

<b>HALCON 20.05</b>: MVTec will host a free webinar to inform users about the improvements found in the newest HALCON Progress Edition.

Included among the many improvements is the bar code reader's advanced decoding algorithm which can now read codes with an element size smaller than 1 pixel.

The performance of surface-based 3D matching for almost symmetric objects has been further enhanced by making use of small features within the objects.

In the field of deep learning technologies, HALCON 20.05 also comes with some major improvements: training for deep learning technologies can now be performed on the CPU. A dedicated GPU is no longer necessary and gives customers greater flexibility in implementing their deep learning algorithms on standard industrial PCs.

In support of the HALCON 20.05 release, MVTec is offering a webinar on May 26, 2020. Mario Bohnacker (Technical Product Manager) will introduce the latest additions and improvements and will answer your questions directly after the webinar in a short Q&A session.


  • Topic: MVTec HALCON 20.05
  • Date and Time: May 26, 2020 at 9 a.m. (CEST)
  • Speaker: Mario Bohnacker, Technical Product Manager HALCON
  • Register for the webinar here.

Even if you are unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be available shortly after the live session for those registered.

TIS Maintains Business Activity & Production Despite COVID-19

Published on March 31, 2020

Since February, all of us find ourselves in a dynamic situation with regards to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Imaging Source continues to closely monitor the latest developments in order to anticipate and plan for any potential disruptions to our supply chain which might impact our delivery capabilities.

Contingency planning enables The Imaging Source to remain flexible with functioning project management, business administration and production.

In accordance with state and federal guidelines, the majority of our employees are working from home, allowing The Imaging Source to remain fully operational while ensuring that the remaining on-site employees are able to maintain appropriate social distancing measures. Our sales, order processing and support personnel are available as usual to assist you with all of your new and existing projects and orders.

The Imaging Source holds high levels of production-critical inventory and we will remain in constant contact with our suppliers in order to ensure supply chain integrity. In addition to our supply chain management, our two production facilities in Germany and Taiwan afford us the flexibility and capacity to maintain regular production activities.

As this remains a fluid situation, we will inform customers of any significant changes impacting our ability to maintain our stated delivery times.

The Imaging Source 2020 Catalog - Download Now!

Published on January 24, 2020

The Imaging Source 2020 Catalog

Since 1990, The Imaging Source has been delivering high-performance industrial cameras for automation, quality control, logistics and medical/pharmaceutical applications. The Imaging Source's 2020 catalog features a wide variety of industrial and board-level cameras based on the latest Sony and ONSemi sensors. New product offerings include:

  1. NVIDIA development kits
  2. MIPI board cameras
  3. FPD-Link III board cameras
  4. FPD-Link III IP67 housed cameras
  5. Polarization cameras
  6. 20x optical zoom cameras

In addition to our comprehensive camera portfolio, The Imaging Source also provides an extensive range of lenses and accessories.

You can immediately download the catalog
(no registration required):

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Embedded World 2020

Published on January 23, 2020

From February 25 - 27, 2020, The Imaging Source's technical sales and project managers will be staffing the booth (Hall 2, Booth 648) at embedded world in Nuremburg to showcase The Imaging Source's latest product developments for the embedded vision market.

<strong>embedded world 2020:</strong> Join us at the leading international fair for embedded systems.

The Imaging Source's NVIDIA Development Kits for Jetson Nano (including the latest Nano version which supports two cameras) and TX2 / Xavier simplify the development and in-design process for developers looking to get started with embedded vision. The compact MIPI CSI-2 camera modules are available in a range of resolutions (global and rolling shutter) and directly execute demosaicing, color correction and other post-processing tasks via the ISP of the embedded target platform.

Recently awarded the inVISION Top Innovation 2020, The Imaging Source's FPD-Link offers a bridge solution using the FPD-Link protocol for applications where longer cable lengths are required. The FPD-Link III bridge allows for cable lengths up to 15m and simultaneous data transmission, control channels and power over a single compact coaxial cable.

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About The Imaging Source

Established in 1990, The Imaging Source is one of the leading manufacturers of industrial cameras, frame grabbers and video converters for production automation, quality assurance, logistics, medicine, science and security.

Our comprehensive range of cameras with USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, GigE interfaces and other innovative machine vision products are renowned for their high quality and ability to meet the performance requirements of demanding applications.

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