Vision, Robots for Automotive Manufacturing

A new workshop focused on how to successfully apply machine vision and robotics technology for automotive applications will take place October 17—18 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, Novi, Mich. (suburban Detroit).

Presentations from current users and suppliers to the industry will be accompanied by tabletop exhibits from leading machine vision and robotics companies from around the world.

"This is the most comprehensive workshop ever held for companies involved in automotive manufacturing who want to learn how machine vision and robotics can help them reduce cost, boost productivity, improve quality and increase flexibility," says Jeffrey A. Burnstein, executive director, Automated Imaging Association (AIA, Ann Arbor, Mich.), one of the trade groups sponsoring the workshop.

Applications such as auto racking, bin picking, traceability, 3D weld seam inspection and error proofing will be explored in detail. Panel discussions on object tracking/visual servoing and using robots and vision as inline CMMs also will be featured.

Most of the talks on the first day deal with applications that involve robots and vision working together. Separate tracks will be offered the next day for people who have a desire to go into more detail on either robots or vision.

Burnstein says that while the workshop is focused on automotive manufacturing, people in other industries will find it useful as well. "Applications developed for one industry often spur ideas for other industries," he explained. "Plus, we'll have general talks such as how training can improve productivity and reduce costs and how to establish a successful robots and vision project that will appeal to anyone using or considering using robots and machine vision."

More than 50 companies have already signed up for tabletop exhibits. The full list of exhibitors, as well as the preliminary agenda of talks and registration forms, can be found at www.roboticsonline.com or www.machinevisiononline.org.

Source: Automated Imaging Association

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