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Random bin picking just got easier

robotic-pick-place2You want your robot to accurately and repeatably pick up random parts. SICK’s PLB 3D vision system makes that an easy task. It integrates a wide array of software packages that turn your PLB hardware into eyes and a brain for your robot.

Many 3D scanners on the market ignore the software side of things, so you and your integration team have to select software and configure it correctly. Now, you don’t have to worry about that. The SICK PLB, a next generation 3D vision scanner, was designed from the ground up as a random bin picking solution that integrates out-of-the-box very well with your chosen robot system.

The power of the SICK PLB scanner is not just the software packages that are integrated for you, but also the new generation triangulation type laser scanner, which captures the whole laser picture with no visible movement. You can mount the laser in a fixed location using a simple frame, where previous generations required the use of a conveyor or a robotic movement to see the product. Continue Reading →

High Speed Printing (HSP)

A printer which can function at a high rate, relative to the state of the art; 600 lines per minute is considered high speed. Concept Systems uses high speed printing for custom marking technologies that can be customized to any manufacturing application or industry.

Visually Aided Robotic Pick and Place

robotic-vThis video demonstrates the integration of an ABB robot using a Robotiq 2-Finger Adaptive Robot Gripper in combination with a SICK laser. The laser identifies the orientation of the randomly placed parts and allows the robot to determine how to pick it up, move it, and put it down in an organized manner. By integrating these technologies, Concept Systems has created an organized fully robotic system for picking and placing unorganized parts, allowing for full efficiency and allowing manufacturers to make more.

How laser scanners and non-contact encoders are changing robotic applications

IMTS 2014At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) show in Chicago earlier this month, I had the opportunity to share with clients and potential clients information about a new automation application that involves some good, solid here-and-now technology as well as some not-quite-ready-for primetime,emerging technology that is rather exciting. The application involves painting robots, coupled with laser scanning and non-contact encoding.

The painting applications I have typically encountered come in one of two flavors: 1) either fixturing a part up and loading it into a booth Continue Reading →