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Epson intros vision system for industrial robots

Posted: 19 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multiproduct manufacturing? robot vision system? smart camera?

Vision Guide 5.0

Seiko Epson Corp. releases the Vision Guide 5.0 image processing option designed for use with the Micro PowerDrive RC170 industrial robot controller. The device significantly reduces the amount of time required to set up equipment by establishing an integrated development environment with robots.

Vision Guide 5.0 can be installed as an RC170 option for both SCARA and six-axis robots, said Epson. In designing this robot vision system, developers focused on improving and simplifying its functions to provide a hassle-free solution to setting up robot vision equipment. By eliminating the need for parts positioning devices and specially produced supply pallets, the option reduces equipment costs considerably. The Vision Guide 5.0 also allows significant reduction of the amount of time spent on setup changes for multiproduct manufacturing.

The Vision Guide 5.0 allows for a high degree of freedom in equipment layout. An easy-to-use, compact, and lightweight camera is included for robot arm installation. It also enables for high-speed and high-precision measurement of position and rotation angle, as well as strong geometric/correlation pattern matching regardless of light source fluctuations.

Connecting the robot controller is easy. User can simply hook up the smart camera to the Ethernet connector. Moreover, coordinating between the robot and the camera is simple as the device comes equipped with a vision calibration wizard. Even first-time users can easily set up a compact robot vision system with superior cost performance by using this option in combination with the RC170 controller.

This product is offered either with an external camera or a fixed robot arm camera. A 5m flexible cable is included as standard equipment with the fixed robot arm camera. Up to four cameras can be connected to one controller. In addition, two RC170 units can share the use of one camera.

The products are available now.

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