The goal is to find a suitable technology capable of identification and location of randomly orientated complex shaped parts with different surface finishes to enable a robot system to accurately and repeatably locate and orientate the part for robotic pick and place applications.
Vision guided robotic (VGR) solutions using 3D imaging systems allow robots to locate and pick up parts from varying locations reducing the need for expensive orientation, enabling greater production flexibility, allowing for more tasks to be automated. The challenges presented by the application:
IMR are taking 2 separate approaches and this includes:
Background research on vision systems to down select technology approaches that could be investigated in IMR.
Assessment of 3rd Party technologies:
Highly reflective parts provide considerable problems for vision system scanning and is a challenge that has been set to IMR by the REDF consortium. Adding in Bin Picking of randomly located parts and complex shapes increased the challenge to make it a worthy proposal for IMR research.
Must be able to define the location of the part in 6 axis X,Y,Z and Roll, Pitch Yaw
Be able to locate the parts provided by DePuy with Both highly reflective and Matt finishes
Be able to accurately and repeatably locate the part in X,Y,Z to +/- 3mm
Senior Manager Robotics & Automation
Automation and Advanced Control