System Integration & Control Systems Design


Part localiser from SICK Automation

June 2019 System Integration & Control Systems Design

Testing and assembly specialist, Kubik Automation from Baienfurt, Germany, is putting SICK Automation’s PLOC2D robot guidance system to use in its new sCube assembly cell. The team of experienced industry experts specialises in the development of innovative products and the optimisation of production processes for automation technologies. Tailor-made special machines are developed for the automotive, electro-mechanics, medical technology, and consumer goods sectors.

From the perspective of manufacturers, the requirements placed on the flexibility of automation solutions are increasing. With the sCube, several different parts can be handled by a single machine without having to change the entire production process.

Anyfeeders are ideal for applications involving different parts where products are changed frequently. They convey and flip small parts without refeeding and without the use of conveyor belts. An anyfeeder is generally made up of three components which work together: an intelligent vibration unit combined with a magazine, which separates small parts and realigns them; a vision system, which localises the parts; and a robot, which picks up the parts and moves them on.

Teamwork of components is successful

The work sequence follows the interaction of the three components described. The PLOC2D robot guidance system from SICK quickly and reliably detects the position of all parts and transmits position data and orientations to the robot control system. Using this information, the robot is able to pick the correctly aligned parts and feed them to the next process. Any parts that are not properly aligned are ignored. Once the properly aligned parts have been removed, the remaining components in the pick zone are mixed up again by a pulsed vertical oscillation from the vibration unit.

The PLOC2D is a vision system for two-dimensional part localisation. It consists of high-quality image processing hardware and is equipped with an extremely high-performance localisation algorithm for reliable and fast part localisation. The system particularly impresses thanks to its short setup times. It does not require any programming knowledge and can be put into operation straight away following a simple configuration and parameterisation process via a web browser. Thanks to the EasyTeach method, it can also be tailored to different parts and can be integrated into numerous robot brands and PLCs. In essence, the robot guidance system from SICK brings order to the chaos of part localisation.

For more information contact Prishan Chain, SICK Automation Southern Africa, +27 10 060 0550, prishan.chain@sickautomation.co.za, www.sickautomation.co.za


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