Visitors to Omron Automation’s exhibit at PACK EXPO Connects can’t help but notice the company’ vision and robotics. This is particularly noticeable in two of Omron’s demos—one featuring the integration of its new FH Series 3D vision system with its TM collaborative robot, and the other focused on the combination of delta robots, motion control technologies, and Omron’s Sysmac safety and HMI technologies.
Looking first at the use of Omron’s new 3D camera with collaborative robots, Danielle Belskis, automation engineer at Omron Automation, said Omron developed the FH Series 3D camera to solve robotic bin picking applications. “Our collaborative robot, when equipped with our new 3D vision camera, is able to pick up known objects with random overlapping positions out of a bin. Traditionally, this was difficult to automate due to varying weights, shapes, and orientations of objects that require 3D location and different forces during picking. The FH Series 3D camera locates the various objects in the bin and sends their coordinates to the robot, while the cobot’s software makes the advanced calculations required for optimized trajectory and force to pick up objects.”
The FH Vision system from Omron is a small, lightweight FH 3D sensor that measures 100x100x50mm and weighs about 0.5kg, allowing it to be mounted on a robot arm. It can detect parts in 3D in 0.5 seconds, and can also be used for 2D applications.
Ormerod said Omron’s AI controller can identify abnormal machine behavior, by leveraging real time data and machine learning to minimize downtime and realize cost savings.