Industrial robots are used for a wide variety of tasks – from circuit board construction to assembling cars on a production line. Many of these tasks require a high precision alignment of the work piece and the robot operating on the piece. Sometimes supported by bespoke alignment systems.
Epson has just announced it will ship a new vision system for industrial robots – which will aid alignment and positioning of the robot on the work piece. The new vision system also promises to accelerate the understanding and study of visual-reactive system. It is an area that has a lot of interesting challenges and unsolved problems.
You can read the press release here: http://global.epson.com/newsroom/2011/news_20110829_2.html