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This paper briefly describes IRRIS-100TM, a machine vision system shown in operation at four recent exhibitions sponsored by the Society for Manufacturing Engineers. A gray level vision system combining Artificial Intelligence methods with statistical and structural pattern recognition techniques, IRRIS-100TMcan rapidly determine the location and orientation of touching and overlapping objects that are randomly positioned within the camera's field of view, without special lighting, and without having to find connected components in the image. With the gray level image registered in a standard orientation in memory, customized algorithms can examine specific details in the image. Based on a Motorola 68000 processor, the system communicates location and orientation coordinates and other information for pick and place, de-palletizing, assembly, recognition, and inspection applications, over two RS232 ports and one 16 bit parallel port.