Learn how Gocator 3D smart sensors are used in automated harvesting systems to automatically identifying and classifying different crops and individual plants, such as broccoli leaves from broccoli heads.
Implementing 3D sensing is rapidly becoming an essential enabler to ensure quality and process control in many applications in factory automation –– delivering results that are impractical with traditional 2D approaches.
Factory automation is a broad term representing the technology used in automating manufacturing processes to produce parts. These parts typically involve an assembly of numerous individual components made from many different materials. From Assembly to Finished Product Manufactured components are ultimately brought together in an assembly, requiring perfect fit and finish, labeling, and packaging to create a final product. Effective quality control and process monitoring requires measurement and/or inspection for each of these phases. Many parts made by processes such as stamping, casting, CNC
The Challenges of Inspecting Manufactured Parts Monitoring and controlling any process requires measurement capability, both in process and at final inspection. Many of today’s flexible automated factories produce parts and assemblies at very high production rates, making 100% inspection challenging. Tactile and other traditional sensing technologies, prevalent in the past, are unable to keep up with modern production rates. Without 100% inspection, there are no guarantees that defective parts or assemblies aren’t passed on to downstream operations or the end user. In many cases, high volume q
Tire manufacturing is a complex operation that consists of many steps, with stringent requirements for quality control throughout the process. Quality control of tires involves inspecting many components, with each component having to satisfy precise location and finished tire specifications. Given the complexity of this process, machine vision systems used for inspection need to be as simple as possible and operate with a high level of efficiency. Integration and Installation Simplification One of the most effective ways to minimize system complexity is by simplifying integration and installa
Today’s tire manufacturers use 3D sensors throughout the manufacturing process for quality control, component placement and product optimization. In the tire building process 3D sensors are used for extrusion geometry profiling, strip guidance, layer control and splice control. For final tire geometry inspection, sensors provide complete 3D point cloud maps of sidewalls and treads for bulge and dent detection and measure radial and lateral runout. For both in-process extrusion and final inspection applications, 3D sensors must deliver both high-speed and high-density data in order to meet the
To ensure highest quality and lowest scrap in rubber and tire production, leading manufacturers deploy 3D sensing throughout the production process. Sensors are used in process to guide components to optimal location during layup operations, to monitor profiles of extrusions and to ensure splices are correct. In-process monitoring and control provide rapid feedback to quickly respond to process variations, reducing scrap and ensuring top quality final product. In final tire uniformity inspection, typically three 3D sensors are implemented, two measuring sidewalls for geometry and defects such
Single Snapshots with Structured Light Structured light 3D scanners digitize full-field point cloud data from targets by projecting several light patterns in a rapid sequence onto the target with a single snapshot. These scanners can be mounted on robots for flexible inspection applications, or to inspect larger objects by taking multiple snapshots in zones. To capture a complete set of 3D point cloud data, the scan target has to remain stationary during the camera exposure of these structured light patterns. Single snapshot technology makes data acquisition significantly faster than laser lin
2015 was an active year for 3D technology in both consumer and industrial markets. With significant investments being made in 3D consumer scanning and a noticeable shift in interest for smarter inspection approaches, the industry is poised for an exciting transformation in 2016. LMI Technologies 2015 Year in Review: Smart 3D Technology in The New Industrial Age from LMI Technologies Growth and Innovation in the 3D Scanning Market The growing awareness of what 3D printing can achieve has resulted in a similar interest in 3D scanning. This growth is expected to reach a market value of $3.7B by 2