The sensor manufacturer SensoPart has added a robotics specialist to its VISOR series of vision sensors. Thanks to a URCap software package, the VISOR Robotic can communicate directly with Universal Robot (UR) systems. This is designed to simplify the configuration of automation tasks, in particular, with the aid of prepared application routines. The sensor can be seen in use for the first time at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition from November 28-30, 2017.
Robots are assisting human colleagues in more and more production tasks. To be able to respond to changing situations, such as varying part shapes or collection positions, with similar flexibility, robots require reliable information on the environment, and in a format that they understand. The VISOR Robotic from SensoPart converts data and supplies all information in robot coordinates for immediate use by the robot systems. This is achieved through one-time calibration using the calibration plates available as accessories, or with the aid of a point-pair list. The task is also facilitated by additional functions, such as Z offset correction, gripper point adjustment and a check of available space around the gripper arm. Complex programming in the robot control system is no longer necessary.
A URCap software package is also available for the VISOR Robotic sensor, enabling direct data exchange with systems from the manufacturer Universal Robots (UR), and greater ease of communication. Alongside the live image display and job management features that are already familiar from other VISOR products, the software provides the user with preprepared program routines for calibration and pick-and-place tasks. Common robotics applications, such as collecting and positioning parts or robot-controlled component inspections, can be set up “manually”, without any need for programming.
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