Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Germany have developed a laser sensor outfitted with image processing algorithms to facilitate a robot vision system with a shadow-free all-round field of view.
SensePRO produces a 360-degree measurement field, so at least one laser line is always optimally positioned regardless of where the robot moves, providing the camera with accurate positional data. SensePRO also has an air- or water-using cooling module so it can operate in harsh environments for prolonged periods.
The sensor's complexity requires manufacturing via three-dimensional printing, and it can fit robots made by all leading fabricators and be easily integrated into existing production lines.
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