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Robotic artificial vision to increase business efficiency

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In recent years, machine vision research has made huge strides. Just think, for example, of the numerous applications in the industrial sector.

This has made production much more efficient, minimizing any kind of waste and eliminating the so-called downtime. As it is easy to guess, therefore, at the basis of robotic machine vision there is the desire to simplify and make production ever faster and more precise. But what exactly are we talking about when referring to robotic vision?

Basically, robotic vision is nothing more than the ability of a robot to identify any kind of object in an almost reliable way in order to precisely define its dimensions and avoid any risk of damage. In addition, the robotic vision also allows you to detect the presence of anomalies very quickly.

In short, thanks to the robotic vision, the machines have the possibility to be more and more efficient and to allow companies to achieve increasingly ambitious results, interestingly reducing the costs necessary for production as well as time. With robotic machine vision, the future seems to be within reach.

But let's go into more detail and discover the areas of application of the robotic vision, the specific characteristics of this innovation and the future prospects in terms of intelligent automation.

Robotic vision: the areas of application

If until recently the robotic vision saw only very few companies as protagonists, today it has become a daily reality. In fact, the market has an extreme need for fast systems, precise but at the same time versatile and ready to accept changes.

Rigid systems, therefore, have been literally supplanted by mechanisms capable of changing the type of production without any kind of problem. Among other things, it is interesting to take into account the fact that it is a particularly fast system that allows you to significantly optimize time.

A useful example on which it is worth reflecting is that of the processing and handling of both products and semi-finished products, in which both the dimensions and the positioning of the products are very variable.

It should not be underestimated that the demand for robots capable of analyzing the various scenarios is very high but also that there is a strong need to be able to keep costs relatively low. The market, in terms of robotic vision, has also been very clear about the know-how necessary to use such robots: the idea is not to create robots that are too complex to use or difficult to systemize.

In summary, the market strongly pushes towards the large-scale use of robotic vision as long as it is not excessively expensive and too difficult to implement with existing systems.

Hardware and software

In order to work, robotic machine vision needs specific hardware and software. To be able to perfectly control the trajectory in order to avoid collisions, it is required a software in which there is a specific communication protocol to which inputs can also be provided randomly. Everything must be connected to a three-dimensional vision system.

An interesting alternative is also represented by hardware consisting of a strictly 3D camera which, in turn, is made up of two mutually calibrated cameras. The acquisition of information takes place in stereo and at the end of the same, the processing of the various points is followed in order to give shape to the vision.

In the first case, it is a mechanism that requires the intervention of experts in robotic vision. The second case, on the other hand, is nothing more than an evolution of the so-called robotic arms. In both cases, the hardware and software designed to capture all the necessary information in order to process changes quickly make the difference.

Business and industrial efficiency

There are numerous products on the market that see robotic vision as the protagonist, which today appears to be the best tool for improving business and industrial efficiency. To better understand this concept it is sufficient to dwell on the fact that precisely through robots equipped with machine vision it is possible to carry out very precise qualitative inspections of each object.

Going more specifically to qualitative inspections, robots through machine vision can verify the correctness of the assemblies, the integrity of the product, the dimensions, the surface as well as the presence of any dents, excess materials or residues of various kinds.

Of considerable importance is also the opportunity provided by robotic machine vision to carry out self-programming which, in practice, is nothing more than the so-called optical paths programming. As it is easy to guess, it is a very useful tool that allows you to save about 80% of the time compared to rational methods which, among other things, also includes the shutdown of the plants.

After programming for the first time, the robot will also be able to operate in automatic mode as it has the ability to recognize the product that is being processed. At this point, the importance of the use of robots in the industrial and corporate fields becomes clear. In fact, robotic vision systems are increasingly precise and allow for optimal as well as rapid results.

Looking to the future, robotics seems to be a sector destined to literally impinge every field. Starting from robotic vision, the idea is to be able to give shape to a sort of machine intelligence that must be able to become completely independent from human intervention. It is therefore a real revolution destined to change many of our habits.

Conclusion

In conclusion, robotic machine vision is a real added value for any company or business. The evolution that has been achieved precisely by robotics in the business and industrial sphere is very important and represents a turning point in terms of the connection between humans and robots.

If until recently a collaboration between humans and robots was essential in order to guarantee the functioning of the latter, today it is even possible to contemplate self-programming through specific software.

Industry 4.0 seems to have all the credentials to amaze everyone already in the short term. Having the possibility of making a virtual archive of all the data collected through robotic vision, is an important step in order to be able to make wasted time almost absent and reduce production costs.

The combination between vision and machine robotics must be considered in all respects as a real winning combination, thanks to which the industrial sector will be able to look to the future with much optimism. The path towards intelligent automatism is now open and there is nothing left to do but to find out what the new scenario will be, especially considering the enormous and growing demand on the part of the market for this technological innovation, destined to become increasingly crucial not only in the industrial field.