Manufacturers of aerospace parts, heavy machinery, and other industrial equipment require large automated manufacturing systems for painting, surface-finishing, inspection, and more. These systems often employ a gantry outfitted with an industrial manipulator to extend the work envelope over many meters. Due to their sheer size and associated costs, these systems must perform multiple operations to ensure adequate return on investment. Automating these large, multi-process-systems has challenges including motion planning for redundant kinematics, calibration of 3D scanning sensors, environment management, user-interface, and collision monitoring. In this session, Matthew Robinson
ROS- Americas Program Manager at Southwest Research Institute, which manages the ROS-Industrial Consortium Americas, will share recent experiences with several complex automation systems for large-scale manufacturing that have recently been placed into production where ROS was used to enable and support new capabilities.
Breakout Session: 3PM EDT
Make UV Disinfection Safe using Omnidirectional 3D Vision
Ultra-violet disinfection keeps people healthy and it’s an exciting application for robotics, but the process could cause a health risk as UV light is dangerous to humans. In this talk, a DreamVu technical expert will explain how omnidirectional 3D vision systems can be used to not only identify the presence of people, but to also identify how far away people are from the light based on accurate depth information. Added functions will also be explored such as how long UV light hits certain surfaces and from what distance so cleaning efficacy can be computed. In addition to these points, the presenter will also review camera mounting options to take greatest advantage of the field of view around the UV disinfection robot.