A wide range of industries and factory automation companies are having components for production delivered in bins.
These components will typically be positioned in the bins in a Structured, Semi-structured or Random way.
Each type of positioning has its own complexity and characteristics and must be treated in accordance with these variables to empty the bin effectively.
In order to automate the unloading in a reliable and effective way, the robotic application needs to handle three critical tasks:
Recognition - which part is most prevalent and easy to pick.
Gripping - how to grip the component most effectively.
Robot Motion Planning – how to control robot movement for optimal speed and collision avoidance.
When these tasks have been fulfilled the components must be securely and accurately oriented before the final delivery to its destination such as a machine, a welding system or a fixture. Taking all this into consideration we still need to ensure a speedy and efficient cycle time for each part to fulfill the ever-increasing demands for efficiency.