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A Guide to Robotic Inspection
Monday, July 29, 2019

Robotic inspection isn't something relatively new; in fact, it's been around for quite a while now. In the early 2000s, we witnessed the adoption of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. Drones are a type of robotic inspection system, but they are capable of doing much more than inspection.

In simple terms, a robot that has both machine vision technology and advanced system technology for determining a product's quality is called a robotic inspection system. These systems are capable of finding a part or product and then inspecting it accurately to determine whether it's faulty or flawless.


Evolution of Robotic Inspection Systems

Early robotic inspection systems used outdated machine vision technology like 2-D cameras, which is why they were severely limited. For a while, 2-D cameras were only used for guiding a robotic arm instead of any high level task like quality inspections.

However, machine vision technology evolved over the years to encompass accurate 3-D cameras and the ability to quickly identify objections. As a result, inspections became one of the most important applications of robotics.


Applications of Robotic Inspections
  • Determining for Incomplete vs. Complete Products
    Collaborative robots with the most advanced sensor systems and machine vision technology are used in assembly plants for determining whether assemblies are complete. For example, a robotic inspection system may be employed at an assembly line to determine whether the oil filter has been fitted into the engine or not.

    The robotic inspection system can also determine whether bolts are fastened well or if exhaust pipe of the engine is secured well. The automotive industry isn't the only example of where robotic inspection systems are used. Electronics, medical, and other industries also benefit from these systems.

  • Quality Assurance and Flaw Detection
    Another important application of robotic inspection systems is quality assurance and flaw detection. A company's reputation is critical to its success. If a company releases faulty products or devices in the market, it'll likely lose trust of customers and they'll stop buying from them.

    Human beings have performed quality inspections for a long time, but now we are seeing workers being replaced by robots. Human inspection requires a large number of people and it is a tiring, repetitive process that can lead to fatigue, meaning employees are prone to making mistakes.

    A robot can perform inspection tasks all day without needing a break. It can detect a flawed product and remove it from the assembly line without needing human assistance.
There are many more applications of robotic inspections. With so many amazing applications, we can only imagine how these systems will shape the future of different industries. If your business depends on accurate and flawless products, it would be wise of you to consider robotic inspection systems. Contact Cincinnati Automation for more information today!



 
 
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