Visual Robotics’ Key Advantages
Vision systems from Visual Robotics are 3D aware. If boxes are stacked, our system reads the height dynamically and can reliably pick the top box without using a force sensor. Our system can dimension items while underway, and sort by size (or color or shape) while moving.
Parts need not be one-deep on a known surface anymore. Your robot cell just got a whole lot easier and less expensive to set up!
Our 3D system knows the tool center position at all times, even while moving. There’s no need to stop and take a picture to get oriented as other systems require. This means no more need to interrupt every robot cycle as other systems require..
It also means the system knows the exact position of the object(s) being tracked even if the robot arm is moving or the object is moving. This is unprecedented in an arm-mounted camera, and problematic in a fixed mount camera since the robot arm often blocks the camera’s view.
Our vision-guided speed approaches that of blind robots, even on a collaborative robot such as Universal Robots. Imagine a UR robot doing pick and place cycles, visually guided, in as little as 3 seconds! That kind of cycle time improvement has an immediate effect on productivity. On a faster industrial robot, cycle times will drop substantially lower than that!
Faster Processing Times
Visual Robotics’ unique approach to 3D drastically reduces image file size and that speeds up processing. Most systems simply can’t track a changing scene in real time, and those that do are usually very slow. With fundamentally faster image processing, we are fast and real-time, even when the object is moving on a conveyor!
Add to that the lower initial cost of processing hardware- more speed at lower cost!
Since our system is truly visually guided, objects and bins don’t have to be precisely located or docked. Conversely, a robot with our vision system that is mounted on a mobile robot platform (such as MiR) would not have to dock in a precise location at the work cell, either, as long as the work area was within the robot’s reach and camera’s view.
Tracks Moving Objects
The VIM-201 system tracks identified objects from frame to frame, identifying location, velocity, acceleration, and more. We track them so your application doesn’t have to!
Updates Robot Trajectory Real-time
When an object moves, the vision system sends updated way points to the robot, real-time, even if the robot has not yet reached the previous way point. This makes it possible to pick items that are moving. This “visual servoing” is the mechanism used to direct the robot toward a moving object of interest. Generally, you will see this visual servoing only in large gantry mounted installations with huge compute resources- such as in a university lab. Our Vision-in-Motion™ technology makes this practical and affordable.
Lower Costs in Three Key Areas
Lower initial vision system costs- our 3D system costs far less than competitive systems. Where others range from $12,000 to $20,000 for slower performance, ours is priced under $10,000.
Lower processing requirements- our 3D system runs on a typical i7 PC. Others require expensive19” rack mount processors.
Lower fixturing costs- flexibility in pick and place operations means less fixturing to get parts into a known location or orientation.