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Peripherals: Machine Vision

Robotic Press Loading Made Easy – Using Vision to Identify Blank Orientation

by Peter Stephen, Program Manager for Stamping and Sheet Metal

POSTED: 09/01/2005

You know the expression: ‘‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’‘ How about a new one: ‘‘Vision systems have saved me thousands of dollars.’‘ Yes, thousands of dollars can be saved with the use of a tried and true press loading package that encompasses

Machine-Vision Inspection

by Brian Kreifels, Industrial Engineer, IBM

POSTED: 11/14/2004

Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine IBM Corp. recently installed a new quality assurance system, using machine-vision hardware and software that not only detects and removes nonconforming parts, but also provided a return on investment just over a month after

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team

POSTED: 10/05/2004

Reprinted by Permission from Robotics World Magazine 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. When smart camera machine vision teams with industrial robots,

The Eyes Have It: Robotic Vision and Guidance

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/04/2004

Manufacturing Athletic Shoes in the USA

by remarks by Herb Spivak, Executive Vice President of Operations, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

POSTED: 11/12/2003

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., provides insight into the use of robotics technology in the production of footwear. Following is an excerpt from their presentation at the 2004 Robotics Industry Forum: We (New Balance) stitch our uppers on computer controlled vision stitching machines where a camera controls the sewing head of

Robot Vision – Technical Issues

by Nello Zuech, President, Vision Systems International, Consultancy

POSTED: 08/03/2003

Much of the early work in the field of machine vision was driven by robot guidance applications. Back in the mid- to late-70s, the National Science Foundation sponsored research at the Stanford Research Institute under Charles Rosen that lead to the pioneering work in their global feature analysis algorithms. It

Companies Tweak Vision Software to Robotic Purposes

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/01/2002

Whether it is for part inspection, robot guidance or as a robot cell programming aid, robots are increasingly using automated vision systems to expand their application base thanks to efforts to (1) simplify the robot/vision human-machine interfaces (HMI) and (2) improve communication. ‘‘Machine vision is much easier to use today, more

Robots Take Over Automotive Plant Floors

by George Weimer, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/03/2001

This article is courtesy of Material Handling Management Magazine The progress of robots in the past 30 years has been amazing. In fact, the progress in the past year is something to brag about. Proof? Besides taking a plant tour to any automotive assembly plant in the world —

Blind Operator Learns how to Program and Operate a Robotic Arc Welding System


In January 1999, Justin Pierce, of Mississippi Industries for the Blind (MIB), attended a basic robotic programming course at Motoman, Inc.'s headquarters in West Carrollton, Ohio.  Justin is the first blind person to take the training offered by Motoman.  Here, he participated in actual hands-on learning and worked with a

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