Integrated Vision is a new smart camera system from ABB Robotics that the company says makes vision-guided robotics applications faster and easier to deploy.
Using 2D vision guidance, it allows manufacturers to track products more accurately, improve supply chain management, improve quality, troubleshoot challenging lines and processes, and significantly expand their use of robotic automation.
ABB Integrated Vision, powered by Cognex, features imaging technologies such as the patented PatMax algorithm for advanced part location. The result is robust inspection, defect detection, guidance, alignment, and measurement, all critical to ensuring that manufactured products meet the highest possible quality standards.
The new technology is also easy to setup, deploy and maintain. RobotStudio, ABB’s PC-based programming tool, provides the platform for creating vision tasks quickly and easily. Operators can select features, set parameters and operate under real world conditions from a library of common vision applications. The smart camera offers the widest range of built-in communication protocols that interface directly with the robot, helping complete programming and set-up in approximately 25 per cent of the traditional time.
“The new vision system is seamlessly integrated with both the ABB IRC5 controller and RobotStudio, providing run-time efficiency, offline engineering and ease-of-use,” says Dr. Srinivas Nidamarthi, global technology manager, for ABB Robotics North America, Auburn Hills, MI. “Operators simply plug the camera into the robot controller and they are ready to go.”