Independently, the robotics industry and the vision industry have been making landmark progress in developing technology. At the crossroads where they meet, the vision guided robot (VGR), engineers are making use of the best of both worlds to push the envelope. Players in the robotics field, from integrators to manufacturers, are now starting to more commonly use vision technology, including 3D.
by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor – AIA
In short, the world finally “gets” VGR technology, but automation industries aren’t sitting still. VGR developers and trade associations are making preparations for the next step in the industrial automation revolution by merging the vision and robotic technologies into a single solution, owned by a single vendor, and by developing certification programs that touch on both technologies, giving customers confidence in the suppliers when it comes to fielding their first VGR solution.
What started with 2D vision guidance has progressed to 3D vision guidance for tracking moving, singulated parts on a conveyor and similar applications. And 3D vision is even more critical for new application areas, such as service robotics, which are even more challenging than industrial robotic applications because they tend to be outdoors in uncontrolled environments.
Traditionally, using machine vision to identify a product’s location in 2D or 3D space and then guiding a robot to the object has been the domain of the system’s integrator. However, as vision and robot technologies have become easier to use and more widely accepted, more robot companies are either taking machine vision technology in-house for easier integration or developing partnerships that will give integrators and customers a consistent design environment.
Read the full article here at Vision Online. What ways do you see vision technology and robotics intersecting?