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LIEBHERR to Demonstrate Robotic Bin Picking Automation

Press release date: June 12, 2014

At IMTS 2014, Booth N-6930, Liebherr Automation will demonstrate a smart part handling solution that can remove randomly placed items from a container and place them accurately in a machine or production line, utilizing 3-D image recognition system software, a robot, and a sophisticated handling strategy.

This intelligent removal of items, such as the automated picking of unsorted components, is referred to as random bin-picking. Specially developed grippers with additional axes enable collision-free access and the removal of items from the container, and subsequently allows for precise positioning of the item into a fixture or pallet.

The Liebherr custom bin-picking solution, designed for components weighing between 1 and 50 kilograms, deliver the potential for productivity and efficiency increases in a range of parts producing industries, including automotive, aerospace, general machining, and commercial vehicles. The company has developed process-reliable solutions that achieve the cycle times and high availability rates manufacturers require.

The advantages of this scalable automation process include increased productivity, improved machine utilization rates, reduction of the need for additional machines to achieve desired plant production volumes, and more consistent production quality.

Liebherr has created complete systems for, among other sectors, for the automotive industry. This includes the efficient channeling of non-rotationally symmetrical components which arrive randomly in a bin and can be placed into production lines and hardening ovens. The beginning of a production line is the key point where picking from the bin is necessary.

An important breakthrough occurred with the object recognition system. The 3D laser scanner precisely recognizes the components for picking. Outside light of any type in the production building has zero effect on the ability to pick a part. It will even recognize black, brown and rusty parts. The accompanying software segments identify and select information about items and constraints in the bin provided.

North American editorial contact: David Arnesen, 810-229-2299

Liebherr Automation Systems
1465 Woodland Drive
Saline, MI 48176

Tel. 734-429-7225


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