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Epson Robots Honored by Vision Systems Design 2019 Innovators Awards Program

EPSON Robots

Epson Force Guide Wins Silver Honoree Award in Robotics Category

Chicago, IL – Epson Robots, the #1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world, today announced it was presented with a Silver-Honoree award in the Robotics category at the Fifth Annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards presentation, held during Automate in Chicago, IL.  The Epson® Force Guide was recognized by a panel of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies. The company was recognized the previous year for their Synthis T3 All-in-One SCARA robot.

“Vision Systems Design’s recognition of our new Force Guide underscores our commitment to meeting our customers’ needs for a revolutionary force control system that opens up possibilities for robot automation in areas that were not possible before,” said Gregg Brunnick, director of product management for Epson Robots. “Our Force Guide enables robots to tackle applications with high precision or high performance motion guidance requirements making it a great fit for a wide range of high precision applications.”

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Vision Systems Design said, "This prestigious program allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Our 2019 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”

Epson Force Guide is a tightly integrated force control system that allows Epson Robots to sense and make precision moves using force feedback data.  Powered by proprietary Epson Quartz Technology, it enables Epson robots to detect six axes of force with precision down to 0.1 N. Driven by real-time servo system integration, Force Guide delivers fast, tactile feedback to guide robots for high-precision parts placement.

The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Innovation
  • Impact on Designers, Systems Integrators, End Users
  • Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed
  • Leveraging a novel technology

The 2019 Visions Systems Design Innovators Awards Honorees will be featured in the June Issue of Vision Systems Design magazine as well as on on Vision Systems Design's website. Companies were recognized in the following categories:

  • Cameras - visible
  • Cameras – 3D
  • Cameras – non-visible
  • Cameras – Specialty (High-speed, scientific)
  • Connectivity: Cables, connectors, extenders, interfaces, etc.
  • Embedded vision: Cameras, computers, boards, processors, development kit, components
  • Frame grabbers and boards
  • Image sensors
  • Lighting, lenses, and optics
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Unmanned
  • Vision systems

 
About Vision Systems Design
Published since 1996, Vision Systems Design is a global resource for engineers, engineering managers and systems integrators that provides comprehensive global coverage of vision systems technologies, applications, and markets. Vision Systems Design's magazine, website, email newsletters and webcasts report on and analyze the latest technology and business developments and trends in the worldwide machine vision and image processing industry.

About The Vision Systems Design 2019 Innovators Awards program
The Vision Systems Design 2019 Innovators Awards program reviewed and recognized the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry. Honorees were announced at Automate 2019 held in Chicago, IL, USA. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: originality, innovation; impact on designers, systems integrators and end-users; fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed, leveraging a novel technology, and increasing productivity.

About Epson Robots
Epson Robots is a global leader in PC controlled precision factory automation, with an installed base of well over 85,000 robots worldwide and a product line of hundreds of models of easy to use SCARA, Cartesian and 6-Axis robots based on a common PC based platform. Building on a 35-year heritage, Epson Robots today delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries.

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
 
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 81,000 employees in 85 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

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