Add bin-picking robots to increase throughput, using same software, 3D vision
Need more throughput on a line? Add another robot or two with same controller and machine vision; redesigned robot pendant adds tablet form factor, ease of use capabilities.
- Watch video to see robots, vision and controller work as a system to pick faster, avoid collisions
- See differences in redesigned, lighter tablet-styled robot teach pendant with higher resolution, updated capabilities.
Bin-picking robotics insights
- Video shows how robots, vision and controller work as a system to pick faster, avoid collisions at a Mitsubishi Electric Automation demonstration at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2023.
- A redesigned, lighter tablet-styled robot teach pendant from Mitsubishi Electric Automation provides higher resolution and updated capabilities for easier use.
To provide more throughput without reconfiguring a line, another robot or two can be added so multiple robots can work in the same space. Patrick Varley, Mitsubishi Electric Automation marketing manager, demonstrated a 3D bin picking package with three robots, at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2023. The arrangement allows adding automation to existing lines to increase throughput and help with labor shortages, as many companies are unable to fill positions.
Robots, vision, controller pick faster, avoid collisions
The package combines Mitsubishi robots with Sick 3D machine vision to locate the objects in the bin with a Realtime Robotics controller, which determines the best sequence to pick up the objects and send instructions to each Mitsubishi robot, ensuring each robot avoids the others.
The bundle of robots, controller and vision provides the ability to add robots to existing lines to improve throughput while minimizing workspace impacts, avoiding collisions and slowdowns that can occur if the robots were communicating with each other (which they’re not). In addition to packaging applications, 3D bin picking can be used for kitting parts in bulk, supplementing the workforce, Varley noted.
Because the robot, 3D vision system and picking and guidance software are pre-integrated as a system, it lowers cost and reduces time to use. Benchmarking two robots delivered 1.7 or 1.8 times the throughput by sharing one 3D sensor, Varley explained. It’s available now.
Watch a video showing three Mitsubishi robots picking from one bin, with Varley’s narration.
Redesigned, lighter tablet-styled robot teach pendant has higher resolution
Among other Mitsubishi technologies at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2023, Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s R86 robot teach pendant (photo) has higher resolution and avoids the need for a computer when programming or configuring robot movements. The new design is lighter and styled like a rugged tablet, capable of showing live robot movements in real time. A touchscreen, edit functions, program templates and other features make it more like operating popular tablets than the heavier round design pendant released 12 years prior.
Mark T. Hoske is content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEYWORDS: Bin-picking robots, robotic teach pendant
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