Solving difficult applications by differentiating shape from shading
SurfaceView, is an algorithm which highlights surface features regardless of whether they are engraved, etched, embossed, dented, punctured, stamped, or raised. Once contrast is created in the image, Cognex's industry leading vision tools (OCRMax, PatMax RedLine, Blobs, InspectEdge, etc.) can easily inspect the part.
SurfaceVIew utilizes a 4-segment quadrant controlled light and a Cognex IS8000 or IS5705 Series camera. It uses reflections and shadows from the different angled lights to determine the surface structure. The Cognex algorithm combines images from different light sources to create the resulting image.
Dorner recently worked with a customer who needed to take a case and flip it 180° within a short distance. The case was slightly bulky at about 1' x 1' x 10". The customer wanted a way to positively control the product as it rotated.
Dorner tackled the challenge using a 180mm wide SmartFlex® with FlexMove Technology. The platforms flexibility in the frame of the conveyor enabled it to be twisted over a distance. Two of these conveyors were used per 90° of rotation.
One conveyor started as the bottom conveying surface and gradually twisted perpendicular to the new conveying surface. The other conveyor started perpendicular and gradually twisted to become the bottom conveying surface.
IAI's Vertical grippersare available in two types, including the slider type that comes with a guide to achieve excellent rigidity, and the lever type whose levers open by 180 degrees for easy gripping of the work part.
Up to 512 positioning points supported via servo control, and the force with which to grip the work part is adjustable. This makes it possible to adjust the finger opening/closing width and grip easy-to-deform work parts.
Piab has acquired Italian-based Kenos, a leading company in the market of large area vacuum grippers. This acquisition enables Piab to enter the large area vacuum gripper market at full speed.
Kenos designs and manufactures gripping systems used in various applications e.g. packaging, wood, food etc. Piab and Kenos have complementary product offerings and the combination will enable accelerated growth through cross-selling. Both companies are recognized for a leading technology platform and are well known for innovation as well as strong brand and high quality products.