Un-structured basket or bin picking

We are making history at ONExia.

Every day we consult with customers who are interested in applying collaborative robots in their facility. Many of these are applications where the robot will tend a machine or perform a parts assembly. Often, the task is a relatively easy one for a Universal Robot and a Robotiq gripper.

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The complication is getting parts to and sometimes from the robot. In most of the applications we see, an operator is taking parts from a basket or bin and then performing the operation. The operator uses vision and sometime tactile sensing to retrieve each part from a basket or bin. Robots generally require that parts be presented in a structured manner, in known locations that can be programmed into the robot.

Robots generally require that parts be presented in a structured manner, in known locations that can be programmed into the robot.

The “holy grail” for parts presentation to a robot has been to have a robot select parts from an un-structured basket or bin. While several efforts have been made to accomplish this, none have been very successful and none have directly worked with a Universal Robot.

9/21/17 Progress Update

Yesterday, a small team of ONExia and CanonUSA engineers began the work to integrate a Canon 3D Imaging Sensor and special software with one of our Universal Robots.

CanonUSA is the same company that produces the famous Canon digital cameras and many other devices using the latest in imaging technology. Canon is consistently the #3 winner of patents in the world.

Yesterday, the team established communications between the Universal Robot and the Canon 3D Imaging System. They successfully performed a calibration routine.

By the end of today, we are expecting the system to be fully operational, picking parts from a random bin.

History being made! Check back for the next updates to see how it turns out!

Greg Selke
CEO