ABB Vision Robots Providing Sight to Automation

Oct 22, 2017

Integrated vision technology for ABB's systems is able to further advance a robots vision and ability to sense options. There are a wide range of ABB robots that are able to use vision guidance systems.


A robot equipped with an inte­grat­ed vision sys­tem allows it to see” and find objects that are pre­sent­ed at ran­dom. ABB offers vision sys­tems that can han­dle light­ing changes, reflec­tions, and objects touch­ing. Depend­ing on the appli­ca­tion, a vari­ety of ABB robots can be used with the fol­low­ing vision guid­ance systems.

ABBs Pick­Mas­ter is a vision iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and inspec­tion tool for pick­ing and pack­ing appli­ca­tions. Pick­Mas­ter is PC based soft­ware that uses com­pre­hen­sive graph­i­cal inter­faces to coor­di­nate appli­ca­tions with robots work­ing in a team. It com­bines pow­er­ful vision iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and inspec­tion tools with con­vey­or track­ing for suc­cess­ful and smooth production.

ABB col­lab­o­rat­ed with SVIA Indus­tri­al Automa­tion to bring the Pick­Vi­sion Smart Cam­era vision sys­tem to North America’s indus­tri­al robot­ics mar­ket. Pick­Vi­sion equips robots with vision-enabled func­tion­al­i­ty for machine tool tend­ing sys­tems and can be used in a wide vari­ety of appli­ca­tions. Pick­Vi­sion gives robots the abil­i­ty to see the parts they are han­dling, which allows them to eas­i­ly adjust to dif­fer­ent ori­en­ta­tions and sizes. The sys­tem is tight­ly inte­grat­ed with ABB’s IRC 5 controller.

ABB also worked with Brain­tech, Inc. to pro­mote True­View Vision Guid­ed Robot­ic sys­tems. These sys­tems ful­ly inte­grate Braintech’s SC3D sin­gle-cam­era 3D vision guid­ance with the eVi­sion­Fac­to­ry soft­ware. Togeth­er, ABB and Brain­tech devel­oped a mul­ti-pur­pose, high­ly intel­li­gent sys­tem with soft­ware, guid­ance tech­nolo­gies, and robot­ic equip­ment. True­View sys­tems see and react” in a chang­ing fac­to­ry envi­ron­ment, and offer sev­er­al key ben­e­fits: flex­i­bil­i­ty in han­dling vari­a­tions is increased, and qual­i­ty is increased due to auto­mat­ed visu­al inspec­tion of every part.

MechVi­su­al Inc. released a 3D vision guid­ance pack­age for ABB’s IRB 6600 indus­tri­al robot. MechVi­su­al pro­vides vision guid­ance for mate­r­i­al han­dling appli­ca­tions. This enables robots to iden­ti­fy an object, and then pick and place. Robots with this vision guid­ance can locate parts posi­tioned with six degrees of free­dom. The new sys­tem allows for easy set­up, since that is gen­er­al­ly the biggest com­plaint from cus­tomers con­cern­ing oth­er systems.

Robots​.com offers mul­ti­ple sizes and pay­loads of ABB vision robots for many appli­ca­tions. If you are inter­est­ed in pur­chas­ing a new or used ABB vision robot, con­tact us today for a free quote and to dis­cuss which one is right for you. Our experts are avail­able online or at 8777626881.

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