Robotic Automation: Advancing at Lightening Speed
It’s been decades since the first industrial robots were integrated into manufacturing lines at General Motors. And, it’s been decades since artificial intelligence (AI) was first introduced. Together, costly, dangerous and mundane tasks have been conquered.
As AI has advanced with the discovery of machine learning (ML), and machine learning advanced into deep-learning, exciting changes are being developed to automate manufacturing lines to function at a level never before imagined.
Conventional Robotics: Everything Must be the Same
It all began with “conventional blind robots,” which must work in an environment of consistency to successfully function as found on Quality Magazine. Because the use of these conventional robots was not exactly the solution to efficient production lines, it paved the way for advanced methods to handle the diversity of object sizing, orientation, or location as AI advanced.
As we humans use our eyes to make correct decisions, advanced AI opened the technology highway to the next innovative solution of vision-guided robotics (VGR).
2D Machine Vision: Increases Functionality and Quality with Limitations
As AI advanced to its ML capabilities, 2D machine vision created a more efficient means for “a wide variety of applications, including barcode reading, label inspection, basic positional verification, and surface marking detection,” as found in another Quality Magazine article. 2D Vision limitations that inhibit this technology to advance are its requirements: “1) traditional lighting source, 2) the presence of contrast and color, and 3) slower processing speeds than 3D imaging.”
There are an array of vision inspection solutions for the industrial setting.
3D Vision-Guided Robotics Automation: The Enticing Benefits
As the second mentioned Quality Magazine article’s points out, “next-generation imaging systems, combined with the availability of more compact, highly efficient and less expensive robots, sensors and technologies” are bringing about “game-changing benefits.”
- Material handling is more than just picking up the correct part, but it’s placing it down exactly how it needs to be placed for the next stage of production needs it positioned.
- AI automation now gives round-the-clock, manufacturing solutions. The integration of AI with “sensing and robotics into an automated solution enables the robot to handle item diversity, container variation and process changes required for piece-picking order fulfillment without additional engineering or programming.”
3D machine vision detects defects faster than the human factor as well as the capability to illustrate topography, and so much more.
Deep-Learning 3D: The Brain-Intelligent Technology
Created with the intelligence of the human brain, 3D machine vision, employing deep-learning, now offers new solutions to arranging and packaging products. As you will read, integrating this type of high-level 3D machine vision system “requires minimal employee training, keeping integration time at a minimum.”
Deep-learning is the solution for manufacturers that will solve complicated, factory inspections that consume time and money.
Integro Technologies: Premier Vision Integrator and Machine Vision Inspection Company
You no longer have to imagine “a new world of solutions” because they are available and ready for integration. Find out more about our company, our dynamic team, and the benefits of 3D vision-guided robotics automation. As one of the Quality Magazine articles ends the excellent review of VGR, “one size does not fit all.”
We are here to ensure our customers find the proper vision platform that will match their company’s vision application and systems integration needs. We look forward to exciting you with the solutions that are available today.