Part Localization in Racks (PLR) from SICK

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With part handling directly from racks, a vision-based robot guidance system provides flexibility to make adjustments around inaccurately placed or damaged part racks, titled stacks on a pallet, part positions shifting during transport, or natural part manufacturing tolerances. SICK’s PLR system has a number of key features that provide reliable robot guidance to shorten cycle times and reduce costs.

The PLR is a factory-calibrated system with preloaded software so it is ready to use out of the box. Simply install the device, connect it to the robot controller, load an existing configuration or create a new one in a few minutes, and PLR is up and running.

With a measurement distance of up to 880mm, the PLR is able to provide robot guidance for effective part localization with an accuracy level of up to ± 0.2° or ± 0.8mm, depending on material properties such as reflectivity and edge quality. The typical field of view with the system is 260 mm x 260 mm.

It is best at helping to overcome challenges around handling large, bulky stamped sheet metal parts. The parts that are to be manipulated or transported might move or shift during transport or the racks themselves can be damaged. As a result, the PLR is able to overcome these challenges and keep your production running smoothly.

This system also eliminates the need for precision racks. For example, if creating door panels for a car, you no longer need custom-designed racks that ensures precise orientation and spacing of each part. Panels can instead hang loosely on a rack and the PLR can still identify and pick the part – even if there is variation from part to part.

Integrated via web server, the PLR has a short setup time and combines 2D and 3D machine vision technology to provide a unique solution that can provide flexible material handling, even under varying conditions. The combination of both vision types enables the system to identify more varying shapes. This allows you to have your employees perform more value-driven tasks, instead of having the worker tied to a robot cell to ensure proper function and identification.

This system is ideal for the automotive production industry, primarily in automotive body production. It can also be used for localization of parts stored in containers in spot welding and gluing stations.

Focus Industries:

  • Automotive & Parts Suppliers
  • Electronics & Solar