The developments in machine vision technology are significantly enhancing the capabilities of pick-and-place robots.
FREMONT, CA: The development in machine vision technology has significantly enhanced the sensing capabilities for motion designs. It has enabled the collection of high-bandwidth data, which has enabled organizations to boost application safety, speed, and quality. Artificial vision has transformed from basic computer vision to robust machine vision, which is now being leveraged in defense, automotive, and medical products.
Machine vision has dramatically improved robotic applications, including the vision guided robots (VGR). The machine vision cameras have enabled a seamless functionality in pick-and-place robots. It eliminates the need for external computing systems or programming since everything is carried out from the robot user interface.
The inception of the machine vision camera has demolished the integration barriers of vision systems in manufacturing automation. The cameras are designed to fits on the robotic arms and integrate with their controllers. Also, the camera software can embed into the graphical user interface of the robots.
The technology has the potential to enhance several robotic applications. However, manufacturers hesitate to integrate machine vision due to sophistication and cost. But the recent developments have enabled the creation of machine vision cameras which are easy to set up and use.
The incorporation of machine vision in VGR has enabled robots to move beyond object scanning in the 2D plane to 3D applications. The convention machine vision-enabled robots fail to pick up parts which are at odd angles in the bin. However, the smarter machine vision camera setups have enabled pick-and-place robots to achieve near-perfect performance.
Robotics and machine vision organizations are starting to address the programming challenges in motion tasks. They are coming up with dedicated VGRs empowered with application-customized algorithms to enhance part picking. The machine vision technology has enabled drop-in robots to collaborate seamlessly with industrial robots, enhancing order fulfillment, machine tending, line loading, and part picking.
It has also found applications in the inspection of metal components. The utilization of machine vision in the detection of defective parts has enabled organizations to reduce scrap, promote cost-effectiveness, and ensure quality component delivery. The rise in stringent quality regulations demands higher requirements for automatic visual inspection. However, with the advances in hardware and software, machine vision systems can evolve accordingly, providing enhanced inspection capabilities.