Assembly with pictures – vision is guiding assembly robotics

Jun 30, 2013

Robotic vision cameras and sensors enhance a robot's ability to guide a robot arm to the product and part. The cameras can be set up independently of a robot or on the robot, ensuring the robots are doing their job correctly with each item. Vision robots can even correctly identify a chip or problem with a product, ensuring no bad product goes out.


It is easy to under­stand why being able to see” an item might be effec­tive in help­ing to improve assem­bly robot­ics. I mean, would it be eas­i­er to assem­ble an item while blind­fold­ed or while look­ing at it?

The same prin­ci­ple applies to vision assem­bly robots. When giv­en a cam­era that allows the vision fea­ture to be applied to the appli­ca­tion, accu­ra­cy and pre­ci­sion are improved even fur­ther. By employ­ing this fea­ture, com­pa­nies are able to com­pete in their industry.

Vision-based robot­ic assem­bly comes in handy in man­u­fac­tur­ing cus­tomized prod­ucts, as opposed to mass man­u­fac­tur­ing. Prod­ucts have more fea­tures, so man­u­fac­tur­ing runs tend to be small­er. Instead of hav­ing to rebuild an entire line or repro­gram all the robots for a dif­fer­ent project, vision assem­bly robots can take pic­tures of the prod­ucts they are work­ing with and adjust accord­ing­ly to per­form the application.

Vision cam­eras can also be set up inde­pen­dent­ly of a robot, to ensure that assem­bly robots are doing their job on every item on the line. Assem­bly vision robot­ics have also been employed for qual­i­ty con­trol test­ing. Cus­tomers are expect­ing increas­ing­ly accu­rate crafts­man­ship on their prod­ucts. Vision-equipped robots can look for chips or defects on prod­ucts pri­or to them ship­ping out of the factory.

Vision robot­ic assem­bly sys­tems will increase accu­ra­cy and speed over­all, allow­ing prod­ucts to get out to the cus­tomers faster, which, again, will make them com­pet­i­tive in their respec­tive mar­kets. This, along with the qual­i­ty increase that comes with vision assem­bly robots, will not only keep man­u­fac­tur­ers costs down, but will also increase their revenue.

Robots​.com, a cer­ti­fied inte­gra­tor of Fanuc, ABB, Uni­ver­sal Robots, Motoman, and KUKA robot­ics, has sev­er­al vision fea­tures avail­able for pur­chase. Robots​.com’ high­ly skilled team of crafts­men will work to cus­tomize a robot with all the fea­tures you need for your vision assem­bly application.

For more infor­ma­tion on vision robot­ic assem­bly, or to learn more about automa­tion with Robots​.com, con­tact us today online or at 8777626881.

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