Vision and Force Sensing to Decrease Assembly Uncertainty

Flexible Aerodynamic Part Feeding Using High-Speed Image Processing

Kategorien Konferenz (reviewed)
Jahr 2022
Autoren Kolditz, T.; Müller, P.; Bansmann, D.; Raatz, A.
Veröffentlicht in Production at the Leading Edge of Technology

In modern assembly systems, manufacturers expect a high level of flexibility and efficiency. As an interface between internal logistics and the actual assembly, part feeding technology plays a decisive role in the manufacturing process. Therefore, in this work, we propose a new way of flexible part feeding based on image processing and the proven principle of aerodynamic feeding technology. With a high-speed camera, we analyze the workpiece’s movement during the orientation process and automatically adjust the system parameters to ensure reliable and efficient feeding. Based on three parameters of the workpiece’s trajectory, we develop an algorithm that can systematically find suitable parameter combinations for efficient and reliable feeding. With the proposed concept, retooling for new workpieces can be achieved quickly, using only few components for the parameter setting. At the same time, no hardware changes are required for retooling when handling new components.