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Peripherals: Machine Vision

Fast Forward for Image-Based ID Readers

POSTED: 10/11/2011

VSoC-powered readers increase read rates, reduce downtime and speed setup In the not-so-distant past, manufacturers using laser scanners and conventional area-scan image based readers had to put up with inherent technology limitations. Laser scanners, for example, have a hard time reading barcodes through plastic shrink-wrap, barcodes printed on flexible

Painting the Stealth

POSTED: 06/01/2008

U.S. F-117A Nighthawks, also known as Stealth fighters, swoop largely undetected through radar because their "radar-invisible" paint and angular exterior minimize reflected signals. Over the next few years, the fleet of F-117As will be refurbished, including removing the aging thin films and

Assembly Challenges No Match for Robotic System

POSTED: 06/01/2008

Problem: Feeding parts for the assembly of Honeywell's round thermostat presented many challenges.  One part presented two major challenges -- its natural tendency to tangle when fed in bulk and the manufacturing process for this particular part id not allow for integration of automation equipment. The need to present precisely oriented

Fully Automated Inspection for Surgical Implants

POSTED: 04/18/2008

100% inspection and identification is essential for most products. Low-volume production often goes hand-in-hand with high costs, particularly if the variety of products concerned is also extensive. DePuy Spine (a Johnson and Johnson company based in

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team

POSTED: 10/05/2004

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team Reprinted by Permission from Robotics World Magazine (Posted 10/05/2004) While robotic assembly applications have increased in both number and complexity over the years, a large number of applications have been passed over due to technology.

Surround and Diversion by a Squad of Mobile Robotic Vehicles

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Cooperating squads of robotic vehicles may some day be employed for tasks such as fighting forest fires, cleaning up oil spills, delivering and distributing supplies to remote field operations and conducting a variety of military missions. Control and coordination of groups or squads of robots has thus

Stäubli RX Robots Preparing the Euro!

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In January 2002, the European Single Currency, the Euro, will be available to all. April 2001 marked the service introduction of a robot production line set up by GAPE-CEMES at Monnaie de Paris - the Paris Mint - for packaging boxes of Euro coins. Quite naturally, Stäubli robots found themselves

Rugged Mobile Robotic Test Bed Platform for Military Surveillance and Reconnaissance Missions

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In response to the Department of Defense's Joint Program Office for Unmanned Ground Vehicles' request to develop a prototype of a mobile robotic test bed platform for military surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Sandia's Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center (ISRC) developed SARGE (the Surveillance And Reconnaissance Ground Equipment robot). This prototype

Rapid Response Investigation of Robots for Post-Accident Safety Assessment

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When conditions are too dangerous for people after mine disasters, robots can go safely where people cannot to locate survivors, check the atmosphere, or assess the condition of the mine. That is the premise of the US Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA); and

Efficiency Improved in Molding Auto Parts

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Problem: InteSeys Technologies, Inc, molds a wide range of parts for automotive applications as well as others.  InteSeys has been molding large, complex 100-pin connectors for a popular U.S.-made automobile for four years.  Before using a servo robot in this application, two operators were required to load six-

Braun Increases Shaver Production Line up to 85% with Robotic System

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Problem: The Shaver Division of Braun GmbH (Kronberg, Germany) needed to shorten product cycles and quickly reconfigure its assembly lines to accommodate new shaver models. One goal called for reducing assembly time per unit. To meet this challenge, the Wallduern plant set out to remake its shaver production

Automating the Demilitarization of Retired Munitions

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The US Army is responsible for coordinating munition demilitarization for all the Services. More than 300,000 tons of rounds are currently in stockpile waiting to be demilled, some dating back to World War II. This amount is increasing by about 70,000 to 100,000 tons per year. Currently,

Automated Disassembly of Explosive Gas Generators

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Many of the thousands of nuclear weapons which are being retired by the United States contain components known as explosive gas generators. After these components are removed from nuclear weapons, they must be demilitarized. Traditionally, demilitarization has been handled by igniting generators at a burning ground, but

Fiber Optics Patch Cords Patch Cords

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Problem: The manual assembly of fiber optic pigtails requires operators to work with super small parts that have sub-micron assembly tolerances. Improper component assembly causes misalignment of the fiber cables which greatly reduces the output capacity of the finished connectors. Traditional first pass yields from


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