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OnRobot Expands Product Capabilities, Empowering Customers to Use Tools in Ever-Broadening Applications

OnRobot showcases its commitment to continuous and rapid product enhancement with the launch of a software update for the popular ‘Eyes’ robot vision system. The update is part of a broad application-focused strategy to give OnRobot customers ongoing enhancements across its product portfolio.

Traditional single-purpose industrial robots are losing ground to affordable, easy to use robots and peripherals that can be flexibly redeployed for a wide range of applications. This empowers manufacturers to gain even greater productivity increases from their automation investments. OnRobot is extending its commitment to ongoing customer empowerment with the launch of a software update for its popular, 2.5D camera-based Eyes vision system.

“Traditional approaches to industrial automation place the product at the centre, which results in costly, over-complicated solutions to simple automation problems,” says Enrico KrogIversen, CEO at OnRobot. “OnRobot takes a more practical, application-centred approach. This means providing our customers with easy-to-use tools tailored to specific application needs. But it also means empowering customers through updates to existing products that enable deployments in new application domains.”

OnRobot Expands Product Capabilities, Empowering Customers to Use Tools in Ever-Broadening Applications

The new features, which enable Eyes to be deployed in quality inspection applications and on mobile setups, include one-shot detection for multiple objects, colour and blob detection and automatic landmark calibration tools designed to speed cycle time for mobile robot setups.

“OnRobot prides itself on having meaningful conversations with customers and on having the agility to respond to those conversations quickly through new releases and product updates,” says Iversen. “Our customers told us that they love Eyes' ease of use, but that they would like to see new features tailored to common quality inspection tasks. Today’s Eyes update delivers that functionality.”

New visual inspection features for reduced cycle time and fast ROI

Eyes' new inspection features enable the system to easily sort, inspect, or pick & place unstructured objects using colour and contour detection – a capability that is beyond most competing vision systems. This detection method requires no workpiece teaching and finds items based on colour and size information input by the operator. Eyes' inspection features can be used to inspect parts removed from CNC machines, for example, or to check IMM parts for excessive or inadequate material after part has been moulded. The tools also support manual inspections: operators can set up a camera and inspection program, manually place a workpiece in view and execute inspection. No robot required.

The update also provides users with one-shot detection for multiple objects, allowing the system to pick all workpieces with only one picture. This reduces complexity for users and improves cycle times. The update includes tools that allow users to request specific workpiece types and specify gripper clearance parameters.

Adding Eyes to mobile robots

OnRobot Expands Product Capabilities, Empowering Customers to Use Tools in Ever-Broadening Applications

A new Landmark feature has been added to Eyes' powerful toolkit, enabling easy deployment of Eyes on mobile robots and setups with carts, trays, and pallets. The Landmark feature makes it simple to program mobile robots to move from station to station using end user-defined Landmarks as their guide. Landmarks can also be used to initiate specific robot operations: for example, when Eyes detects the arrival of a mobile cart in its workspace loaded with parts for picking, it can easily switch to pick & place routines.

“More and more manufacturers are looking to deploy robot arms on mobile platforms for various factory and warehouse applications. Today’s update gives our customers the ability to put ‘Eyes’ on mobile robots and does so without sacrificing the ease of use that makes our products such a compelling proposition for manufacturers of all sizes,” says Iversen.

Covid-19 Accelerates Robotics in Southeast Asia

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated robotics and automation adoption globally, including in Southeast Asia. Companies are reassessingtheir production processes to meetgrowing demand while simultaneouslydealing with a shortage of workers and social distancing restrictions.

“The impact from Covid-19 has made businesses realise the benefits of automation and robotic solutions. We are seeing more interest in several sectors, including manufacturing of course, but also healthcare, logistics, education and F&B sectors.

“Automation is crucial, especially for SMEs who are more vulnerable to disruptions, due to smaller cash reserves and a more limited customer base. SMEs account for between 89 and 99 percent of enterprises in the region1. Companies now have an ideal solution as collaborative applications offer a fast, easy and affordable alternative to bulky traditional industrial robots. As a one-stop shop for collaborative applications, weare committed to helping businesses embrace automation easilyand increase their competitive edge,” said James Taylor, General Manager, APAC, OnRobot.

About OnRobot

OnRobot product range features a wide assortment of tools for collaborative applications, including: electric grippers, force/torque sensors, vacuum grippers, the award-winning Gecko Gripper, electric screwdriver, and tool changers. This new combination of offerings from OnRobot makes it quicker and simpler to automate tasks such as machine tending, material handling, material removal, quality, and assembly. Headquartered in Odense, Denmark, OnRobot also has offices in Dallas, Soest (Germany), Barcelona, Warsaw, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Budapest.


1https://techcollectivesea.com/2019/11/20/smes-will-push-southeast-asian-digital-finance-market-to-60-billion-by-2025/

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