Datalogic has developed new robot guidance and traceability software to further enhance the use of vision-guided robots and cobots in a wide variety of pick, place and other vital production line tasks.
The new Impact 12.2 software incorporates a number of calibration and performance enhancements to make robot programming faster and simpler, as well as improve accuracy and traceability.
“With Datalogic’s Impact 12.2 system, robots can now be deployed faster, and they are more adaptable to changing applications in dynamic industries such as warehousing, logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, automotive, healthcare, transport and OEM markets,” says Bradley Weber, Product Marketing Manager – Machine Vision, Datalogic.
“The latest software has been thoroughly tested in conjunction with leading robotics company Universal Robots, and has been fully approved and UR+ certified to work their robots and cobots. UR+ certification means they have the full technical support and expertise of the Universal Robots team, as well as access to their highly customisable software,” adds Weber.
Datalogic’s latest Impact software was designed with a focus on traceability and guidance, with upgrades to performance, ease of use and flexibility, to save time and improve productivity.
Performance enhancements are provided by the new system’s calibration software, which improves the capability of pick and place applications; the locating tool to improve positional accuracy; and OCR upgrades to assist with high-speed traceability applications.
Ease of use features of the new Impact software include an intuitive system, ease of set-up and simple integration with robots, processors and cameras.
Like previous software, Impact 12.2 runs on all Datalogic’s smart cameras and MX industrial vision processors. By using the same intuitive drag and drop environment across all hardware, users can set up the vision system in less time and share vision programs between smart cameras and vision processors.
Impact also allows users to create custom user interfaces in minutes to monitor the line.
Flexibility is important to automated processes, and the latest Impact software can solve many applications simultaneously – such as guidance, gauging, inspection and identification – as well as solving variations of the same application.
Datalogic’s optical character recognition can read characters in trickier locations or on harder to read surfaces, such as the side of a metal housing, the VIN number on the frame of a car or the date/lot code on a package. The tool can be set up to read characters of different fonts or text that is slanted, slightly blurred or displayed on a noisy background.
“Key customer advantages include swift and simple calibration, reducing learning and programming times and accurate robot guidance, all with full end-to-end traceability to ensure product quality and transparency,” says Weber.
Datalogic’s latest Impact software platform integrates with more than 100 vision tools, and runs on all smart cameras and industrial vision processors for any vision application and inspection requirements.
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