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Article Type: Web sites From: Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Volume 38, Issue 2
Scape Technologies is a Denmark-based company that manufactures highly flexible automated bin-picking systems, and works with integrators to provide state of the art bin-picking robots for flexible feeding systems.
Scape’s state-of-the-art homepage features a flash banner of high-resolution images of their systems, application videos, and the latest company news, including new products and recent awards.
Other site links provide information on Scape’s Products, consisting of their two bin-picker systems and specifications; various loading, feeding, and assembly Solutions that depict the customer’s needs, and Scape’s delivered solution with accompanying reference sheets and videos; company details; and news which includes press and exhibitions.
The Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory
The Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (CARIS), of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia, specialises in the research and development of novel methods for industrial and assistive robotics applications.
CARIS’ homepage contains an introduction to the Lab, News, and QuickFind links to the Lab’s YouTube Channel and Blog. Other links on the homepage take the site visitor to the Lab’s: research with detailed information and videos on its vision-guided robotics, publications, opportunities for study, academic and industry collaborators, people; links and resources, and media, which includes Popular Science and New Scientist magazine articles on the Lab’s innovative research.
Advenovation is a new name for the established company Shafi, Inc. in Michigan, USA, that offers consulting, system integration, and customizable software solutions for vision guided robotics.
Advenovation’s easy-to-navigate web site gives an overview on its services in which they supply middleware machine vision and robotics solutions for various vertical applications such as auto racking, bin picking, 3D measurement, inspection, flexible feeding, path following, and machine tending.
The Technology link lists Advenovation’s Industry Experience, Solution Classes, and Multiple Techniques utilized.
Purdue Robot Vision Laboratory
The Purdue Robot Vision Laboratory (RVL) of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, performs state-of-the-art research in 3D object recognition, vision-guided navigation for indoor mobile robots, task and assembly planning, among others.
RVL’s inclusive web site provides information on its current projects, which include various types of tracking applications, as well as a link to its project archives. In addition to a technical description, each project is also comprised of its correlating team members, videos, and publications.
There are also links to the Lab’s four databases, a list of publications over the past 25 years, and the Lab’s faculty and staff.
Midwest Engineered Systems Group
Midwest Engineered Systems Group is a 20-year-old systems integrator located in Wisconsin, USA that provides custom machines and automated robotic solutions.
Midwest’s comprehensive web site elaborates on their company’s history, capabilities, partners, and services. The link to custom machines for assembly, manual pressing, and electro-mechanical pressing, and the link to robotic solutions (dynamic vision picking, machine tending, and palletizing/depalletizing) both present the customer’s challenge, solution and impact, and include application videos.
There are also pages on web handling and automated solutions.
Bluewrist, located in Ontario, Canada, offers a variety of turn-key solutions that include feature-based and 3D scanning-based robot bin-picking and guidance systems, as well as flexible inspection and industrial system communication.
Bluewrist’s web site highlights information on: its two main products – comXtream, software that acts as a gateway between industrial robots, vision systems, line PLC’s and third party software API, and SPCWorks, reporting software that can be used online or offline by production and quality team members; its three Solutions – EzRG, a generic robot guidance application solution, Flexisight, a non-contact dimensional measurement system, and FlexiPick, an advanced robot-based bin-picking solution; an online technical support portal; and information on the company, including a jobs link.