VISION SYSTEMS

ELIMINATE DEFECTS, VERIFY ASSEMBLY, AND TRACK INFORMATION

For over 15 years, ABCO Automation has been a vision systems integrator for some of the world’s leading camera manufacturers and vision software developers, including Cognex, Fanuc, Keyence, and National Instruments. Our practical experience has enabled us to deliver high performance systems that help manufacturers gain knowledge and empower change. ABCO machine vision systems help improve the quality of manufacturing and output by eliminating defects, verifying assembly, and tracking information at all production stages. Our machine vision systems are used in a wide range of applications from parts orientation and product assembly to large material handling and label inspection.

With a vision system, manufacturers receive a constant stream of information by capturing images of specific manufacturing process functions. From the data gathered, the vision system can make decisions, generally pass/fail, on operations needing an analysis. Collective data can identify problems with a manufacturing line or other function. This allows companies to:

  • Improve efficiencies
  • Eliminate unproductive processes
  • Increase uptime
  • Identify out-of-specification products
  • Reduce costs

EXPERTS IN DELIVERING VISION SOLUTIONS

ABCO uses a wide range of cameras, lenses, lighting, and software to create a vision system that not only provides a customized solution but offers the best performance for the cost. From a stand-alone, single camera cell to a comprehensive vision inspection and automation system with multiple cameras, we design and build systems to meet challenging needs. And, when asked, we can perform a feasibility study to prove out our solution before the design build process even begins.

Some of the tools we’ve used in vision projects include:

  • Find Geometry-find lines and circles
  • Best Fit Geometry-create best fit lines and circles
  • Measure Geometry-measure distances, angles, and intersections
  • Blob analysis-measure area, size, shape, and other geometric properties
  • Calibration-Calibrate camera pixels to real-world units
  • Fixturing-Position tools dynamically based on location tool results
  • Grayscale Morphology-Erode, dilate, open, and close
  • Gaussian Filter-Smooth or sample images
  • Histogram Analysis-Count pixels by gray value

VISION INSPECTION SYSTEM FOR A LEADING SPECIALTY CHEMICALS AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE CARBON MATERIALS MANUFACTURER

Application Criteria:
Design and build a robotic inspection system that could quickly and consistently inspect carbon canisters. The system would discover and reject and defective canisters, eliminating non-conforming product from entering the marketplace and reducing the potential for gasoline-powered vehicles to leak hazardous air pollutants.

Vision Inspection System Components:

  • Infeed tray conveyors for filled and empty trays
  • Pneumatically actuated tray transfer mechanism
  • Six-axis Kuka KR6 900 robot with KRC4 compact controller
  • Two-up suction cup end effector
  • Six cameras and lighting system
  • Reject tray station
  • Filled and empty tray chute
  • PCs, monitors, and Vision Pro Software
  • Operator interface
  • Control system

VISION INSPECTION SYSTEM: CARBON CANISTERS

MARKETS WE SERVE
  • Appliances
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Consumer goods
  • Cosmetics
  • Electronics
  • Fiber optics and glass
  • Food and beverage
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Plastics
  • Power generation
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco
VISION APPLICATIONS
  • Automated assembly
  • Large material handling
  • Parts orientations and marking
  • Multi-station work cells
  • Product packaging
VISION FUNCTIONS
  • Color identification
  • Contaminant detection
  • Date verification
  • Dispensing inspection
  • Error proofing
  • Face and surface inspection
  • High precision alignment
  • Label inspection
  • Part assembly
  • Part location/part picking
  • Parts measurement
  • Part orientation
  • Part position/location
  • Part traceability
  • Robot and machine guidance
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