As detailed in a recent Control Design cover story, improvements in vision systems are spurring the use of vision-guided robots in a variety of industrial applications. When vision is used to guide a robot, many benefits are realized including:
Robot can perform multiple tasks
- Programming effort is greatly reduced
- Flexibility of robot operation is increased
- Parts can be positioned with less precision
- Less expensive robots can be used
Video acquisition and encoding are key tasks that must be performed when pairing a vision system with a robot controller. Advantech provides products to quickly and efficiently execute these functions via their PCI Express and PCIe vision processing cards.