3D camera gives factory robots pin-point ‘mammalian’ vision

Paul Boughton

Thanks to technology developed by Tordivel AS of Oslo, Scorpion Vision's 3D Stinger Camera enables production-line robots to see with almost human-like vision. They can distinguish the exact height, depth and sizes of products on a manufacturing line, sending information to the robot to adjust where the picking arm goes accordingly.

Unlike other 3D vision systems on the market, the 3D Stinger Camera also uses ground-breaking technology to process images in real-time as the camera is not required to scan whole areas at a time to detect products moving along the production line. This means that the total cycle time is only dictated by how fast the robot can pick.

The camera is also able to instantly detect if something moves into the field of view and send new picking co-ordinates to the robot, avoiding any unexpected malfunctions due to foreign items in the robots path.

Scorpion Vision can install the 3D Stinger Camera to work with any robot system and can be used in a variety of manufacturing sectors, including food, automotive and heavy industries.