RoboInspector by iTronic is an optical control and image processing platform designed to inspect industrial parts. It was one of the company’s must-see product at the Motek 2016 trade fair. DirectIndustry e-magazine spoke with CEO Ingmar Troniarsky.
DirectIndustry e-magazine: What does RoboInspector do?
Mr. Troniarsky: The RoboInspector is a robotic device designed for inspection processes. It is equipped with a camera and a lighting system that enable it to check manufactured parts from various angles and positions. We offer cameras with resolution ranging from 1000 to 4000 pixels which can take 2- or 3-dimensional pictures and videos. It is safe to use the system cage-free at speeds up to 250 mm per second. With safety enhancement, it can work up to 1 m per second. The operator can teach the robot different positions by moving the arm manually.
DI e-mag: Why was it important to develop this technology?
Mr. Troniarsky: We developed RoboInspector to enable customers in the automotive industry to test door panels, bumpers and other parts to make sure they are perfectly manufactured. We also increased flexibility by removing the housing so that the operator can take the Inspector onto the production line. Our system should interest every company that produces parts that need to be checked because it can be freely adapted to the customer’s needs.
DI e-mag: Can it check large parts?
Mr. Troniarsky: The Inspector typically examines parts of about 1.3 meters long, but it can also inspect parts up to two meters. Checking takes about 1.2 to 1.5 seconds from each position. So, to take photos from 30 positions you need about 45 seconds.
DI e-mag: The Inspector is mounted on a Universal Robots machine. Is it specifically designed for this robot or can it be used with any brand?
Mr. Troniarsky: The existing device is indeed for Universal Robots equipment because to move a camera you don’t need robots capable of very high speed or very high payloads. We decided to use inexpensive robots offering maximum positioning freedom. This is why we chose Universal Robots. But the system can be adapted to KUKA or Fanuc robots. So far, we haven’t had demand for these other configurations.
DI e-mag: What is its price?
Mr. Troniarsky: The smallest version starts at around 60,000 euros and for the biggest ones, about 150,000 euros.