The automotive industry is highly customized. This means that vision systems need to inspect a high number of different parts to detect defects and faults with great accuracy. Because of this, many inspection systems in the automotive industry feature several cameras programmed to inspect different parts in a stationary inspection area.
While these types of vision systems can perform their duties with a high degree of accuracy, the constant pursuit of higher productivity levels and competitiveness has left automotive manufacturers desiring more flexibility in their vision systems to detect even more part numbers.
To answer this demand, many automotive manufacturers are turning to embedded vision and robotics for more productive inspections.
The Benefits of Robotic Vision for Inspection
For automotive manufacturers, robotic vision systems for inspection present numerous benefits over fixed vision systems. First and foremost, when new products are introduced to the production process and need inspection, it’s far quicker to reprogram a robot and the corresponding vision system than it is to reprogram an entire fixed vision system.
The robot’s ability to move the vision system to the location optimal for inspection allows for higher quality and more reliable inspections. Further, the initial cost of a robot and vision system is lower than a multi-camera solution and easier to deploy. When these factors are combined with the fact that robotic vision systems are more flexible than fixed camera systems, robotic vision becomes a highly desirable solution for automotive manufacturers.
How Integrators are Approaching Embedded Vision in Robotics
While the benefits of robotic vision for inspection are clear, integrators take into account several factors before deciding that this is the best solution. For example, the need for 3D inspection, the number of inspection points, desired cycle time, resolution requirements, and budgetary constraints are all important factors to consider.
To help automotive manufacturers adopt robotic vision technology, integrators are taking all of these factors into consideration and finding the most inexpensive solution possible. Sometimes, this even involves leveraging existing vision systems or existing robotic systems and incorporating new inspection capabilities rather than developing an entirely new system.
The cost of new automation equipment must always be considered, but integrators understand the long-term benefits of robotic systems leveraging embedded vision and are attempting to introduce them as cost-effectively as possible.
Embedded vision in automotive robotics brings a whole new level of flexibility for inspection applications that have a wide variety of parts. As manufacturers in this industry seek higher productivity, embedded vision is helping solve fundamental problems.
To learn more on this topic, take a deep dive in our feature article, “Robotic Vision Inspection Keeps Automotive Production on Pace.”