Supporting a rapid-cycle time, Yaskawa
has assimilated Neocortex with “an
extremely tight” software and electromechanical interface, where protocols for
communication between the vision source
and robot controller allow for “almost instantaneous” response, Elkins says.
For product pick-and-place and case
packing in food packaging applications, JLS
Automation develops packaging machines
with integrated robots from ABB Robotics.
Operators manage and monitor JLS Osprey
Case Packers and Talon Picking Systems
from Rockwell PLC platforms, networked
with ABB’s IRB 360 FlexPicker controllers,
vision systems and other devices.
To optimize robot performance, JLS engineers developed EyeQTrak conveyor tracking
and vision targeting software that uses proprietary algorithms written in ABB Robotics’
RapidCode programming language.
“Using ABB’s very powerful robot plat-
form, we have yielded better performance
by doing our own programming to avoid
constrictions. Our programmers configure an
application with EyeQTrak without needing
to go into its core,” says JLS Automation
President and CEO Craig Souser.
“We want our customers to interface via
our HMI to get information out of the system
without having to worry about the robot control behind it. Customers tell us they want
to leave robot programming to the robot
companies. With the high speeds and robot
kinematics of our applications, it becomes
very restrictive to do all of the processing
in one common control. There is no need to
generate robot code with our solutions, and
in our view, the code is not something customers should touch,” Souser says.
The ladder-logic-programmed PLC software makes pass/fail calls on packages
inspected by the Package Integrity Validation
Technologies System (PIVT). JLS developed
PIVT for a Dietz & Watson line case-packing
sliced deli meats with the Osprey Case
Packing System. Robots inspect packs
conveyed from a high-speed, form fill seal
machine, and identify leaky product using
vacuum, vision and sensor technologies.
The automated inspect-and-pick solution
enabled Dietz & Watson to run the line 30 to
40 percent faster while reducing headcount
for manual inspection.
JLS uses PackML conventions to
standardize machine state reporting and
machine communication with generically
consistent HMI layouts. “We are migrating
toward compliance with the PackML pro-
gramming standards; not because we have
customers specifying or demanding it, but
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