Competitive advantage from vision-guided robots
Samantha Frost, 07-10-2012
Companies that effectively utilize robotic systems can increase throughput and lower production costs; improve product quality and reduce rework and waste; normalize product quality across geographic regions; move production closer to end markets regardless of the availability of low-cost labor; reduce existing labor costs; add production shifts without incurring additional hiring, training, and overtime costs; and protect workers from hazardous and repetitive tasks.
By adding machine vision technology, these companies now have the ability to track product, reduce liability, improve supply chain management, improve quality and troubleshoot challenging lines and processes, and greatly expand their use of robotic automation by adding 2D or 3D machine vision guidance. Taken together, the advantages of vision-guided robotics can significantly improve a company’s bottom line, saving time, money, and resources.