Another tool from National Instruments is the NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection , or NI Vision Builder AI . You can install an evaluation version from the attached CD (or download it from www.ni.com) together with the following documents:
The Vision Builder AI allows for configuration and inspection of complete automated inspection tasks, which can run as a stand-alone software without LabVIEW and IMAQ Vision. With this tool, it is no longer necessary to program such tasks in LabVIEW and IMAQ Vision. Therefore, the NI Vision Builder AI provides two interfaces (or "levels"):
Figure 1.17. NI Vision Builder AI Configuration Interface. 1 Main Window, 2 Inspection Diagram Window, 3 Inspection Steps Palette, 4 Embedded Help Window 
Figure 1.18. NI Vision Builder AI Inspection Interface. 1 Results Panel, 2 Display Window, 3 Inspection Statistics Panel 
The configuration interface of NI Vision Builder AI is used to configure the inspection tasks. As Figure 1.17 shows, the user interface is divided into four areas:
Very interesting is the menu option Image Assistant (to be found in the menu Enhance Images): If you choose it, you get a user interface similar to the "old" IMAQ Vision Builder with its image processing functions.
You can configure your inspection application by simply adding inspection steps (Figures 1.19 to 1.21 show some examples). If an inspection step does not make sense in your sequence, the program will tell you. Read more about the details of the inspection steps in .
Figure 1.19. Finding a Straight Edge in NI Vision Builder AI 
Figure 1.20. Measuring the Distance Between Two Edges 
Figure 1.21. Pattern Matching in a Limited Search Region 
After the inspection application is saved in the Configuration Interface, you can run it in the Inspection Interface. Again, this window is divided into parts:
You can switch between the two interfaces by using the menu items File / Switch to Inspection Interface and Inspection / Switch to Configuration Interface.
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