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Processing software acts as the robots eyes

14 September 2016

Robots are regularly used for applications such as packaging, soldering, adhesive bonding, coating, equipped with a variety of smart cameras. Due to advances in image processing technology, which is resulting in ever more powerful machine vision systems, application areas are increasing.

The EyeCheck series, from EVT, for example, offers a combination of smart camera and evaluation and its EyeVision processing software. Within the camera housing is an integrated the lens and illumination. These solutions can be used for robot positioning and object detection. Additionally they can be employed in custom-made solutions for position correction and can be mounted onto articulated robots, for example. 

Both moving or stationary objects can be illuminated by the integrated LEDs in the gripping area of the robot and the cameras can be mounted onto the robot arm. The software evaluates the images and the robot control gets the XY-position and direction coordinates of detected objects. 

The software can integrate more than one function - having commands for code reading, color and surface inspection as well as measuring objects. Connection of the inspection program can be to an external computer or the system control of a plant via Ethernet or PROFINET. 

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