Ann Arbor, MI, and Salisbury, NC, October 13, 2017: Realizing that collaborative robot arms from Universal Robots are helping manufacturers step into Industry 4.0 seamlessly and safely, Integro Technologies has developed a new 3D vision-guided application for random bin picking with UR robots.
“The combination of the Universal Robot arm with 3D Vision CAD import capability provides a modular, fast, and highly flexible work cell with minimal software configuration steps to add and qualify new product or assemblies,” said Shawn Campion, President and CEO of Integro Technologies. “The UR collaborative robot arms are excellent for a wide range of production scenarios, and minimizes or eliminates the need for permanently mounted safety devices.”
The new South-Tec tabletop demo utilizes Universal Robots’ UR3 robot arm paired with a fixed mount SICK 3D Sweeping Laser Topography system. The integrated system executes random bin picking on sheet metal parts with a reflective finish using a vacuum-end effector.
The SICK 3D vision system is trained using a 3D CAD import functionality for the target parts to be located and picked. The End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) is then imported into the vision system software. The EOAT import permits the software to account for mechanical restrictions within the dunnage tote during picking operations. The UR3 robot then picks the parts up and randomly drops them from a variety of positions back into the dunnage tote.
Area Sales Manager with Universal Robots, Brian Dillman, is excited to share the application with the South-Tec audience: “We see a collaborative robot as a tool on demand as needed – one that can quickly be transitioned between a wide variety of automated tasks. Flexibility in manufacturing involves ability to deal with variation in volumes, design and material handling as well as variations in the process sequences. We look forward to showcasing these important capabilities at the show,” says Dillman.
About Universal Robots
Universal Robots was co-founded in 2005 by the company’s CTO, Esben Østergaard, who wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to work with. Since the first collaborative robot (cobot) was launched in 2008, the company has experienced considerable growth with the user-friendly cobot now sold in more than 50 countries worldwide. The company, which is a part of Teradyne Inc., is headquartered in Odense, Denmark, and has subsidiaries and regional offices in the US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, China, India, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. In 2016, Universal Robots had a revenue of USD 99 million. For more information, please visit www.universal-robots.com or read our blog at blog.universal-robots.com/
About Integro Technologies
Integro Technologies is a leader in machine vision integration in North America. With over 2,000 installations and more than 700 clients worldwide, Integro Technologies is an innovator in machine vision and system integration providing turnkey solutions, consulting, and support services for a wide range of industries. Integro Technologies has been named the 2017 System Integrator of the Year by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines, a System Integrator Giant for five consecutive years, and a 2016 and 2017 Inc. 5000 company.
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