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Robotics Vision Technologies in the Real World

Robotic vision technology is a refined, safe, and industrious way for businesses to identify parts, and navigate through inventory with a robust efficiency that human workers could never achieve. Vision-guided robots will typically locate a part and adjust it for robotic usage. These robots often replace multiple mechanical tools, which frees up space and reduces operating costs.
More and more companies like Amazon and Best Buy are opting for robotic vision technology because of the device’s ability to increase productivity and cut costs. Robots can quickly move through these ecommerce companies’ massive warehouses, monitor critical sales data over time, and speak multiple languages.
The International Federation of Robotics estimates that over 400 robots will serve in supermarkets, stores, and museums by 2017. As technology continues to advance, these robots are more advanced and sophisticated than ever. They’re faster, and more affordable, making vision robots the predicted future of the service industry.
At Concept Systems, we’ve provided our robotics vision technology for various large scale projects, including:
Reducing labor costs for Vestcom, a company that serves more than 70% of retail food, drug, and mass merchants in The United States.

  • Our vision robots helped Vestcom hang shelf tags for weekly price change activities in a quick, cost-effective manner. This task would have taken days for a group of people, or even smaller machines, to do. A single robot was used to pick up printed labels and stack them on discharge conveyors. The best part about Concept’s robot was the fact that it seamlessly integrated with Vestcom’s existing laminator control system.

Giving the cake decorators at Dawn Foods, a food retailer that sells cakes to large supermarket chains, an intricate “edge.”

  • Retailers requested more intricate decorations on the cakes, and this usually requires time-consuming handwork. There were also complaints about the quality of decorations. Concept Systems’ vision robots helped Dawn Foods create high-quality, symmetrical, and intricate designs with 3-D scanners that use laser triangulation to create an image of each cake. This allowed the robots to know the exact dimensions of the cake so every design could be perfect.

Creating profitability by reducing damage costs for a coffee roasting company that was continuously experiencing ripped bags.

  • The coffee roaster’s robot technology was older and kept ripping the bags. As a result, pounds upon pounds of beans were spilled on the floor, which wasted a significant amount of money for the roasting company. The inefficient robot estimated to cost the company 100,000 pounds of wasted beans each year. Concept Systems’ robots were brought to upgrade the system, making it efficient, safe, and profitable. A control system with advanced 3D vision and PC software was used to precisely locate the position of each tier of bags and allow the robot to move directly to each bag and pick it up.

Concept Systems honored as a Small Business Supplier by Bechtel

Concept Systems Panel team

Concept Systems’ Panel shop team.

Albany, Ore. (May 3, 2016) – Bechtel Group, the largest construction company in the United States, recently recognized 35 companies with its 2015 Small Business Supplier Award for outstanding contribution and commitment. Concept Systems is proud to be among those honored for technical ability and workmanship, as well as knowledge and responsiveness.

Companies were evaluated on overall performance, delivering quality services on time, working collaboratively to reach milestones, and meeting or exceeding project expectations relative to safety, construction, performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance.

Concept received high praise from Sunnie Scott, a senior expeditor with Bechtel who said, “I’m always impressed with the knowledge, responsiveness and patience your team demonstrates time after time in getting purchase orders executed, documentation submitted, and panels fabricated in a timely manner.”

Hundreds of candidates were considered, and Concept expressed its understanding of the significance of the Small Business Supplier Award. “Bechtel is a leading vendor for both the public and private sectors and works with literally thousands of companies throughout the year,” said Michael Gurney, Concept’s CEO. “Our team takes pride in meeting high standards for quality and exceeding client’s expectations. Their performance helped us garner this recognition.” Continue Reading →

How Automation and Control System Integrators can help OEMs

Long before I started Concept Systems with my partners, I worked for an OEM. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, and although it has many meanings, in this context I mean a designer and builder of automation, manufacturing and process equipment for the factory floor. While my current business, control systems integration, is related, the two are distinctly different – and often complementary.

OEMs are typically focused on a particular industry and on particular products and technologies. When they do branch out it is with the intention of introducing a new product, something that can then be included as one of their standard offerings. But even when this happens, they rarely stray far from those industries and technologies they’re familiar with.

An automation and control systems integrator is a different animal. We see ourselves as technology experts and risk managers. We provide control, information and automation solutions to customers across many industries and in many applications. Continue Reading →

Mechanical Design and Fabrication

Used when a project encompasses customized controls and mechanical applications. Concept Systems partners with premiere mechanical engineering firms to deliver custom mechanical solutions that complement any control system. Each project is delivered with complete mechanical assembly drawings including a detailed bill of materials. Every single part is also serialized and archived for easy fabrication later if spare parts are required.

Headrig

Concept Systems provides state-of-the-art Headrig Carriage Control Systems designed for the wood products industry, but with the capability to be applied to applications in other industries. Each system is customized to your operator interface and is comprised of 100 percent off-the-shelf components. The combination of high-resolution scanning and advanced optimization provides a package unparalleled in the industry. Operator log-in features allow each worker to have their own function configurations for the handles and foot switch. An automatic slabber control minimizes the number of buttons an operator needs to manage. The controls are written in ladder logic to allow for plant maintenance and support. It is a modern carriage control system for today’s high-tech mills.

Bridging the Experience Gap Using Digital Video Recording

DVR – digital video recording – is so common, it’s become a verb. Read how manufacturers are DVRing events to substitute the eyes and ears of experienced workers.

Most manufacturing facilities have at least one person who knows the production equipment like the back of his hand—knowledge gained through years of hard work and experience on the job. Intimate knowledge is gained by working on the line day-in, day-out to get it running optimally, or, just to keep it running. Most of these people can look at out-of-spec product coming off the end of a line and know exactly what adjustments to make in the machine to correct it. That kind of knowledge and experience is irreplaceable. But it leaves me wondering, what if that person retires or leaves? Then what? You certainly cannot hire that kind of experience. Continue Reading →