OnRobot Launches “Eyes”, a 2.5D Vision System and a “Smart” Plug-and-Play Intelligent Screwdriver

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OnRobot, the maker of tools for collaborative applications, announces the release of two new products – Eyes, a 2.5D Vision System and a smart, complete-out-of-the-box Screwdriver that allows manufacturers to automate a wide range of assembly processes quickly, easily, and flexibly.

Both Eyes and Screwdriver are compatible with OnRobot’s award-winning One System Solution, a platform that provides a unified mechanical and electrical interface between leading robot arms and any OnRobot product.

OnRobot’s Eyes

As opposed to other vision systems on the market, Eyes needs to take just a single image for calibration and part recognition, and has automatic focus to work at different distances within the same application.

Eyes is ideal for sorting a wide variety of objects or for CNC machine tending with metal parts that are defined by outer shape, as well as many other pick-and-place applications where orientation is important. Eyes also offers depth perception within its affordable and easy-to-deploy 2.5D vision.

“2.5D is rapidly emerging as the perfect technology for vision-guided applications,” says CEO of OnRobot, Enrico Krog Iversen. “Compared to 2D it adds not only length and width but also height information for the specific part, which is ideal when objects may vary in height or if objects must be stacked.”

Eyes can be easily mounted on the robot wrist or externally.

Download images and video HERE.

OnRobot’s Screwdriver

The Screwdriver provides welcome relief for manufacturers who are eager to automate repetitive, unergonomic, and often inconsistent manual screwdriving processes.

With precise torque control and embedded axis, the OnRobot Screwdriver automatically calculates the speed and force required for consistent, accurate screwdriving. The Screwdriver can detect incorrect screw length, which can help improve overall quality and reduce scrap. With the Screwdriver’s unique “z-axis,” screws are retracted inside the tool and driven automatically once the robot arm moves into position, which reduces robot arm movement and additional programming. Screws up to 35mm long are retracted completely inside the Screwdriver when moving until the screwdriving process is safely initiated, enhancing its collaborative capabilities.

The Screwdriver can handle a wide range of screw sizes and lengths, from 1.6mm to 6mm diameter, and up to 50mm long. With its simple programming and easily exchangeable bit system, the Screwdriver can be quickly changed over to a different screw size, length or product line in minutes, which minimizes downtime and improves productivity.

“This is one of our most advanced products to date,” says Enrico. “We’ve designed an automated screwdriving tool that simplifies a highly complex process for our users, making it cost-effective and easy for manufacturers to see fast results in terms of higher uptime, output, consistency and quality.”

The Screwdriver includes the following robust and intuitive features:

● Embedded axis for accuracy and easy programming

● Precise torque control from 0.15Nm to 5Nm

● Screw sizes from 1.6mm to 6mm diameter, and up to 50mm long

● Available screw feeders

● ESD safe for electronics assembly

● Mounting via OnRobot Quick Changer

Download images, video, infographic and product brochure HERE.

Increasing Demand in Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has dampened the health of Thailand’s manufacturing sector, with the manufacturing production index standing at 79.04 in April, the lowest level since November 2011[1].

In response, more businesses are accelerating their automation adoption. The International Federation of Robotics has reported that the cost of robots has decreased and will continue to decrease enabling, wide adoption. The World Economic Forum estimates that automation will account for 6.1 million jobs globally between 2020 to 2022.[2]

Following these trends, the Southeast Asia Industrial Automation & Process Control Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.8% from 2019 to 2025 to reach $4.97 billion by 2025.