With increasing applications of image processing in manufacturing, it has become necessary to provide industry with powerful as well as flexible means of adapting the technology to the solution of different kinds of tasks at hand. Besides the standard components of an image processing system, the availability ofvarious software tools to fill the gap between design, digitization, measurement and the manufacturing phases should be emphasized. The users could e.g., desire to transfer grabbed images into certain computer graphics data format for further processing. They may want to apply image processing for the measurement of machine parts interactively or automatically, or they may want to convert the pictures processd, e.g. with edge detectors, into some CAD data format, or even to generate a numerical control file to machine the parts directly from the image processing data. With this motivation, two software packages FIPS—"Flexible Image Processing System", and IQIS— "Integrated QUality Inspection System" have been developed for manufacturing and quality inspection and have been used by industry for various purposes from simple image digitization and processing, luminance adjustment, data and file format conversion, generation of control files for numerical control in laser cuffing, to direct control of robot movement, and interactive as well as automatic machine part measurement.