3D vision software gives position information: Cognex
3D-Locate from Cognex Corp. delivers accurate, real-time, three-dimensional position information that enables automation equipment to work with a wider variety of parts, including items that are stacked or tilted. This library of 3D vision software tools expands application possibilities in vision-guided robotics, assembly, and inspection.
3D-Locate from Cognex Corp. delivers accurate, real-time, three-dimensional position information that enables automation equipment to work with a wider variety of parts, including items that are stacked or tilted. This library of 3D vision software tools expands application possibilities in vision-guided robotics, assembly, and inspection. 3D-Locate is a PC-based system that can accommodate many industrial cameras. Using it can improve vision performance and can eliminate the need for expensive mechanical fixtures or measurement devices. It also can be used in combination with Cognex code reading, gauging, and inspection tools. It uses multiple sets of two-dimensional features found by Cognex’s patented geometric pattern matching tool, Cognex PatMax, to determine an object’s precise three-dimensional orientation. PatMax tolerates non-uniform lighting and remains reliable even when patterns are partly covered, according to the company. To help determine part orientation, Cognex 3D-Locate can also use input from other location tools, including Cognex SearchMax and Cognex PatFlex. Cognex calibration tools adjust for optical distortion and camera position, and synchronize cameras with moving elements like robot grippers.
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