Cable Robot

27 Jul 2018

Industrial pick & place applications

2019-10-25T11:26:03+02:00Categories: Quality Control|Tags: , |0 Comments

Industrial pick & place applications automate processes where loading and/or unloading unitary product is needed. This kind of installations usually use robots or articulated arms to manipulate product from one area to another in stacking, box fitting and palletizing work. Both physical product characteristics (shape, deformity degree and adhesiveness) and disposition, as well as transfer velocity and manipulation zone distinctive features establish task complexity. To optimize installation efficiency and reduce cycle time, it is common using line tracking technique to take and unload product from or to a conveyor belt while it is running. This is possible with robots being commanded by an encoder signal.  Another important point is related to grip design. In some cases, it is enough using simple vacuum grips provided with suction pads which allow to grab piece at desirable speed. A more complex option consists on working with grabbing clamps, pneumatic cylinders [...]

10 Jun 2015

Pickable: New 2D cable robot developed by TECNALIA

2019-10-25T13:20:17+02:00Categories: Computer Vision|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The project ‘Robotics and flexible automation of food product packaging’ known as ‘PicknPack’ is a project of 4 years duration which holds a total budget of EUR 11,88Millon and an European Union contribution of 8,76Millon. It is coordinated by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and the consortium is made up of 14 partners from 9 different countries, including Tecnalia from the Division of Industry and Transport. PicknPack began on November, 2012 to provide the European food industry the benefits of flexible production, offering the advantage of reducing costs by increasing safety and hygiene in the packaging of its products by combining the unique ability to adapt to each product and lot size. In PicknPack 3 main modules that work in close cooperation are developed: a sensor module for evaluating the quality of the product, a robotic handling module guided by machine vision and an adaptive packaging [...]