Banner Engineering Corp. partnered with a Minnesota West Community and Technical College engineering student and robotics instructor to develop a robot designed to play the Guitar Hero video game-responding to each note as it appears onscreen.
As the global manufacturing market continues to get more competitive, it is important to ensure that the factory is running at a peak level of efficiency. Any downtime due to process related malfunctions is considered nonvalue-added downtime directly impacting company profitability.
Visual inspection systems have been used in automotive engineering for the last 20 years. However, not until the introduction of in-process solutions did the systems feature the required durability to withstand ambient impacts.
The change from analog to digital technologies in the industrial image-processing (IIP) sector is in full swing. Therefore, the reliable frame grabber appears to be increasingly headed out to pasture. This is because digital communications interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB and FireWire allow for adequate camera-based solutions without image-capture cards.