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ultra fast robot arm sorters
« on: December 30, 2007, 09:24:04 PM »
Manufacturing robots tend to be a bit boring, as they are just repetitive in motion.

A huge problem in modern day manufacturing is the issue of sorting. Meaning, how do you feed tons of randomly oriented parts into a machine for orderly manufacture? If you had a box of screws, how does a robot grab the top and not the bottom or side of a screw?

In this video, two ultra fast Fanuc robot arms use computer vision to process part orientation, then reinorient and space out the parts for further processing.

This video makes it look easy . . . although I'm curious about gear wear issues . . .

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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2007, 10:56:52 PM »
impressive. Im surprised they dont miss one or two of w/e those squares are. Pretty nice machines :)
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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2007, 03:48:38 PM »
As far as screws go, maybe you could mess around with a magnetic tipped robotic hand and find the right threshold so that it will have enough strength to grab and lift the head but not the tail end of the screw.  For reorienting manufactured parts, a small magnet could be added to a certain spot (in the manufacturing phase of the object) that would allow for easy manipulation; but, given the nature of the parts that are typically sorted I'm sure that would be extremely cost-prohibitive.

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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2007, 06:54:26 PM »
hows it picking it up? suction?
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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2007, 09:37:35 PM »
that's what confused me. Either suction or magnets.

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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2008, 07:25:21 PM »
would have to be suction. Unless those are metallic discs in which case it could be suction or electro magnets... most likely suction though
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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2008, 03:23:58 AM »
Another one of the same robots:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjPP6vq7N5U[/youtube]
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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 04:36:08 PM »
oh so thats basically just a demonstration set up. Thats pretty cool. I thought it was actually accomplishing something though lol.
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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2008, 06:15:23 PM »
thats one good robot...plus i think suction..someone should post a slow-mo vid of that like slow it down and zoom in
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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2008, 12:07:41 PM »
unfortunately, zooming in wouldnt do much good. It would get too grainy to see any detail
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Re: ultra fast robot arm sorters
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2008, 08:15:01 PM »
hmm yes youve got a point...oh well a good magician never reveals theyre secret...
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