ODENSE, Denmark – OnRobot has released a software update for its popular, 2.5D camera-based Eyes vision system.
The new features, which enable Eyes to be deployed in quality inspection applications and on mobile robots, include one-shot detection for multiple objects, colour and blob detection and automatic landmark calibration tools designed to speed cycle time for mobile robot setups.
Eyes’ new inspection features enable the system to easily sort, inspect, or pick & place unstructured objects using colour and contour detection. This detection method requires no workpiece teaching and finds items based on colour and size information input by the operator.
Eyes can be used to inspect parts removed from CNC machines, for example, or to check IMM parts for excessive or inadequate material after part has been molded. The tools also support manual inspections: operators can set up a camera and inspection program, manually place a workpiece in, and execute inspection. No robot required.
The update also provides users with one-shot detection for multiple objects, allowing the system to pick all workpieces with only one picture. This reduces complexity for users and improves cycle times. The update includes tools that allow users to request specific workpiece types and specify gripper clearance parameters.
A new Landmark feature has been added to Eyes’ powerful toolkit, enabling easy deployment of Eyes on mobile robots and setups with carts, trays, and pallets. The Landmark feature makes it simple to program mobile robots to move from station to station using end user-defined Landmarks as their guide.
Landmarks can also be used to initiate specific robot operations: for example, when Eyes detects the arrival of a mobile cart in its workspace loaded with parts for picking, it can easily switch to pick & place routines.
OnRobot produces tools for collaborative applications, including: electric grippers, force/torque sensors, vacuum grippers, the award-winning Gecko Gripper, electric screwdriver, and tool changers. Headquartered in Odense, Denmark, OnRobot also has offices in Dallas, Soest (Germany), Barcelona, Warsaw, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Budapest.