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Automation Moves Towards Dynamic Tracking

Posted January 13, 2007 6:00 AM

Automated operations usually cause assembly lines to proceed in a herky-jerky fashion, since the part under construction must remain still. Improvements in visual servoing, however, may soon allow "dynamic automation." Visual servoing combines position input with position prediction to constantly correct the path for real-time tracking as this video illustrates. Expect to see dynamic automation in more controlled environments, such as semi-conductor production, first. With successful integration of vision system and controller, visual servoing will make the leap to the automotive industry, even with its constantly changing environment.

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Re: Automation Moves Towards Dynamic Tracking

01/14/2007 6:58 AM

Cameras have been added to EOAT (end of arm tooling) for some time now for auto compensating of the EOAT position or for present/not-present decision making; this is just the next logical step. The negative trade-offs? EOAT weight increase and additional reach will require a larger robot (additional cost), and the extra floor space required (always a problem in a crowded plant).

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