In April 2014, with the release of the RV1100 3-D Machine Vision System, Canon entered the 3-D machine vision market, an industry that offers high growth potential. The system is capable of rapidly and accurately measuring the location and orientation of parts in three dimensions, supporting the automation and acceleration of production lines for parts provisioning.


Robots play an essential role in the manufacturing industry, such as in production lines for automobiles and automobile components. Some tasks, however, prove too difficult even for robots to perform. One such task is the selection of individual parts from randomly piled parts in a box or pallet.  


The industrial sector often makes use of relatively large components that are randomly piled. Because workers must first reposition each part for use by robots, efforts to streamline and automate production lines reached a bottleneck.  


Canon’s 3-D machine vision system can help to resolve this issue. Machine vision refers to the use of industrial image sensors. The most common form of machine vision currently in use is 2-D machine vision, which has difficulty in identifying the positioning and orientation of randomly piled parts. As such, Canon developed the RV1100, a machine vision system capable of the high-speed, high-accuracy three-dimensional recognition of objects. By enabling a robotic arm to pick up individual items which have been randomly piled, the system enables the automation of parts supply on production lines, a task that conventionally had to be performed manually.  

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