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Canon Europe enters the 3D machine vision market

Canon Europe enters the 3D machine vision market

Canon Europe has announced its entry into the growing machine vision market in Europe, with the launch of 3D machine vision systems for use with industrial robots - capable of high-speed, high-accuracy three-dimensional recognition of objects. Using the systems in combination with a robotic arm can increase production efficiencies in factories by facilitating the automatic high-speed supply of parts to production lines.

The new Canon RV300 and RV500 systems expand a product line-up already featuring the Canon RV1100, originally launched in Japan in April 2014. The Canon systems feature a 3D machine vision head, which encompasses the system sensor and 3D machine vision recognition software, responsible for recognition processing. The high-speed, high-accuracy three-dimensional object recognition capabilities of the new machine vision system were made possible by applying innovative image-recognition and information-processing technologies, cultivated through Canon's research and development of cameras and business machines.

Canon says its 3D machine vision systems can accurately recognise a diverse range of objects including parts with curved features, parts with few distinguishing characteristics, and intricately structured parts. The RV300d RV500 and RV1100 enable the 3D recognition of randomly piled parts as small as approximately 10mm2, 20mm2 and 45mm2 respectively.

Contributing to improved production line efficiency, both the RV300 and RV500 deliver high-speed performance, taking only approximately 1.8 seconds to recognise randomly arranged small-scale parts in 3D and send this data to a robotic controller unit attached to the robotic arm. The new systems feature high-performance 3D recognition with a high level of accuracy, the RV300 and RV500 achieving exceedingly small error tolerances of less than 0.1mm and 0.15mm respectively.

The Canon 3D machine vision system is capable of instantaneously measuring the location and orientation of designated parts in three dimensions, it eliminates the need for separate 2D vision sensors to determine the positioning of parts, or a table on which to temporarily place parts during the parts-supply process. Accordingly, the system allows the construction of production lines to be simplified for parts provision while boosting the speed with which parts can be fed to the line.

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