Collaborative robots

Do you want to spare your employees monotonous production tasks?
Is consistent quality a key factor in your plant?
Do you have critical assembly procedures that cannot be completed by one person alone?

So-called pick & place applications are an important topic in relation to Industry 4.0. For example, components are seized by the gripper arm of collaborative robots and moved to a target destination. In order to pick up a component, the robot needs to know the part’s exact position, particularly in relation to the robot’s own coordinate system.

If the part’s position is determined by a vision sensor, the robot is unable to interpret the image pixels, and the picture may also be inaccurate as a result of the sensor’s diagonal view angle or lens distortion.

Assembly procedures and quality inspections can also be easily carried out by a robot, allowing employees to dedicate themselves to more useful tasks.

Our solution

Instead of complex programming to enable the conversion of sensor coordinates into robot coordinates in the control system, this can now be done in the configuration software of SensoPart’s VISOR® vision sensors in just a few mouse clicks. This represents a significant boost in efficiency when setting up pick & place applications! Thanks to clever operating aids such as the graphic “snap function”, calibration is completed in just seconds. The calibration process can even be fully automated through interface commands, e.g. via Ethernet, EtherNet/IP or PROFINET. This is particularly useful when modifying or readjusting applications. The VISOR® can also check quality parameters and, if necessary, also read codes to allow clear identification of the object.

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Exact positioning and presence detection of components in the gripper requires the smallest possible sensor, which can be installed in a very narrow space.

SensoPart sensors from the F 10 series in LED and laser versions form one of the most comprehensive series of subminiature sensors on the market. Our laser sensor with adjustable precise background suppression through teach-in is the smallest in the world and is particularly suited for installation in tight spaces as well as in moving machine parts.

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