Article: A Close Look at Vision Guided Robotics

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A Close Look at Vision Guided Robotics (VGR)

How complex automation challenges are being met through the marriage of robotics and advanced machine vision.

We’ve all seen videos of robots rapidly assembling cars with little or no human intervention. Industrial robots like these have cut costs and increased productivity in virtually every manufacturing sector, but they have a major shortcoming—they can’t “see.” Programmed to repeat exactly the same motions over and over again, they are unable to detect and maneuver objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, or objects that touch and overlap. So if a product changes or is added to the production line, the robots must be reprogrammed. And if product components are delivered to the line by traditional hoppers and shake tables, bowl feeders must be retooled.

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