Robotic Vision Systems in Automotive Plants: Answers to Common Questions
If you are considering installing robotic vision systems in your automotive plant, you likely have some questions; so, here are answers to the most common questions that automakers ask about robotic vision systems.
Q. What is a robotic vision system?
A. A robotic vision system consists of one or more cameras connected to a computer and mounted on or near a robot, often on an assembly line. The system enables the robot to “see.” Robotic vision systems enable robots to identify parts and materials, navigate a workspace in multiple dimensions, inspect components, handle parts and perform tasks.
Q. What are some common applications for robotic vision systems?
A. In automotive plants, robotic vision systems:
- Assemble products, such as pumps and motors
- Identify surface and functional defects in parts during the production process
- Select parts, such as body sides, underbodies, axels and engine blocks, from structured and semi-structured racks
- Apply an even coat of paint to a vehicle and create a consistent seal between parts
- Align and install pistons in engine blocks
- Trace parts throughout the production process
Q. How long does it take to implement a robotic vision system?
A. The time required to implement a robotic vision system on an automotive assembly line varies with the type of system, the manufacturer of that system and the application. Some implementations require weeks or months to implement, plus the services of third-party integrators. Recognition Robotics’ implementations, on the other hand, typically take as little as one day.
Q. How much training does it take to program and operate a robotic vision system?
A. Some robotic vision systems used in auto manufacturing require operators to learn Computer-Aided Design and Drafting or a 3D modelling language. Recognition Robotics’ technology does not require programming. The simplified user interface provides the user a “paint-style eraser” to remove unwanted backgrounds of a captured image recognizing an object.
Q. What are some benefits of installing a robotic vision system?
A. Automotive plants enjoy a number of advantages when implementing robotic vision systems. These include:
- Reducing costs by reallocating manpower, catching mistakes and expediting production
- Increasing efficiency by accelerating cycle times for specific operations
- Reducing defects by manufacturing the same product the same way every time
- Reducing costly recalls and warranty claims by discovering product defects before they leave the plant
- Minimizing machine downtime by detecting when a part is not properly positioned in a rack
Q. Are all robotic vision systems essentially the same?
A. No. The primary difference between robotic vision systems is in how easy they are to set up and operate. Robotic vision systems from Recognition Robotics are designed to take just a few hours, when provided the proper circumstances, to deploy and require only basic training to operate.
Q. Do robotic vision systems replace workers?
A. Robotic vision systems don’t replace workers insomuch as reallocate them and even provide the opportunity for new positions. Robots are great at performing boring, repetitive and dangerous tasks. The workers who are presently doing these tasks can be retrained and reallocated within a plant to perform other tasks, which may include robot setup and maintenance.
How to get started?
Automotive manufacturers are deploying robotic vision systems because they perform multiple tasks, lower costs, reduce defects and boost productivity. If your automotive plant would like to integrate robotic vision systems into your operations, let’s talk.
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