There are three main types of inspection that occur in the factory today: (1) Offline - First article inspection; (2) At-line - Random part or reject sampling inspection; and (3) Inline – 100% part inspection. Of the three, 100% part inspection is the ultimate goal for manufacturers.
Many of today’s popular applications are designed to run natively on the Windows platform. Accessing and controlling external hardware devices with a Windows application is often achieved by using a driver provided by the hardware supplier and activating hardware functions using an SDK.
Robotic pick-and-place is an important automated manufacturing process in many industries. In this application, robots pick up parts presented one at a time and place them in a preset order and location, even when the exact location and 3D orientation of the part is variable.
In order to stay competitive automotive plants have to ensure their manufacturing processes are lean. Today, many automotive manufacturers are achieving this goal by introducing multi-model assembly lines capable of handling a wide range of different vehicle types—rather than being limited to just one model.
While standard model 3D smart sensors can handle a wide range of general inspection tasks, the trend toward highly-specialized automated factory production has resulted in a corresponding increase in demand for customized solutions designed to handle specific industry applications.