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Improving Automation with 3D Vision

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The additional data generated by a 3D imaging system makes it possible to execute challenging tasks, such as optical character recognition.

HANK HOGAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, [email protected]

If a traditional picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the value of a 3D image? Quite a bit when it comes to automation. Consider a robot picking a part out of a bin in an automated assembly line. “If you want to accurately grab a pinion out of a rack, 3D vision can be used for robotic guidance,” said Bob Tremblay, senior manager of product marketing for the 3D business unit of Cognex Corp., a machine vision system maker in Natick, Mass. “You can first validate it’s the correct part. Then you can validate the location of the part: left, right, up, down,...Read full article

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