Transformational 3D Visual Guidance Systems
for Industrial Robots
Visual Robotic Systems, Inc. is transforming the performance of vision-guided robots with breakthrough 3D vision systems. While vision-guided robots have many advantages over “blind” robots, until now they’ve been relatively slow and therefore limited in their usefulness. Our patent-pending “Vision-in-Motion™” technology is eliminating barriers to performance and is about to disrupt the market.
Industry invests in robots to lower the cost of production. The lower the initial investment (including fixture investments), and the faster the performance (as measured by cycle time) the higher the ROI. Visual Robotics is about to transform robot return on investment.
Side-by-side Comparison of ROBOTIQ Wrist Camera to VIM-201
Visually-guided Robot Picking Boxes from a Conveyor
The above video introduces our market position and provides a demonstration showing a sequence of increasingly difficult tasks.
Since robot productivity is measured in cycle time, competitive cameras and software are at a disadvantage. They require robots to stop, take a picture, process the image and location, and then resume, increasing cycle time by 50% or even more. This means they run so slowly that countless applications cannot currently be addressed with visually-guided robots in any practical way. With Vision-in-Motion eliminating this performance barrier, the robot itself is far more likely to be the speed limitation than our vision system. Now, visually-guided robots can take on countless tasks that were previously impractical.
Why Vision-guided Systems Used Have Historically Been So Slow
Until now, the challenge has been far more than to build a camera that captures video at an acceptable frame rate. The system also has to determine the position of a robot head in real time, capture a video frame, correlate the image with location information, and interpret the image to determine if some action is warranted. Until now, this has not been possible without interrupting the robot’s motion because image and location correlation was so slow. This results in a “stop-image-restart” cycle that slows down robots considerably. In fact, one company that claims to offer state-of-the art 3D imaging runs at only 3 frames per second.
Our Breakthrough Solutions
Visual Robotics’ patent-pending technology fully correlates image and location information at unprecedented speeds. We do this without the “stop-image-restart” interruption in robot motion required by other systems. The result is that vision guided robots can now operate at speeds approaching that of blind robots!
Our VIM-201 3D Robot Guidance System, available this year, will put many previously impossible robot applications well within reach. And it will accomplish this while also offering quicker setup, and lower investment in fixtures and conveyances.