Browse Prior Art Database

Automatic Determination of Epoxy Application Quality Using a Vision System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047117D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Frohlich, JG: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A technique is described for control of adhesive/epoxy application by an automated robot. The robot is an IBM Robot System 1 using standard software that controls the robot and interfaces it to a commercially available video or image-producing camera. The robot loads parts to be coated into a tool under the camera. As each part is coated, the camera image will be used to monitor the coverage of the adhesive. The camera is positioned to view the surface that adhesive is being applied to. The software returns parameters (region size, region location, area, perimeter, etc.) which are used to determine the areas and locations covered by the adhesive and compare against programmed values. Too little adhesive or inadequate coverage can be corrected by commanding the tool to apply more in the proper location.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 100% of the total text.

Page 1 of 1

Automatic Determination of Epoxy Application Quality Using a Vision System

A technique is described for control of adhesive/epoxy application by an automated robot. The robot is an IBM Robot System 1 using standard software that controls the robot and interfaces it to a commercially available video or image-producing camera. The robot loads parts to be coated into a tool under the camera. As each part is coated, the camera image will be used to monitor the coverage of the adhesive. The camera is positioned to view the surface that adhesive is being applied to. The software returns parameters (region size, region location, area, perimeter, etc.) which are used to determine the areas and locations covered by the adhesive and compare against programmed values. Too little adhesive or inadequate coverage can be corrected by commanding the tool to apply more in the proper location. This procedure can be utilized with other automatic/semi-automatic systems. Any camera system providing region analysis can be used. Any material being dispensed where it is difficult to control application quantities is a candidate.

1