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Cameras as multi-functional sensors for automated processes

Cameras as multi-functional sensors for automated processes

Objective

Goal of the project is the development of a "smart" camera for process control and fault detection in automation. The camera should take the role of several sensors and thus reduce the setup time for machines substantially. Two prototypes will be developed that are targeted at low-speed (40ms) as well as high-speed (1ms) applications. In most automatic assembly machines a large number of (sometimes expensive) sensors are used to check whether the machine is still operating correctly or to avoid collisions.

A typical situation is that a sensor has to make sure that a gripper is retracted, before the handled object moves on to the next station. The setup of these sensors and programming of the right timing in a PLC (programmable logic controller) program is a very time consuming process. Within the project a camera system will be developed that will help the 135000 SMEs in the European mechanical engineering industry in building their machines.

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Coordinator

PROFACTOR PRODUKTIONSFORSCHUNGS GMBH

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Im Stadtgut A2
Steyr-Gleink

Austria

Administrative Contact

Christian EITZINGER (Dr)

Participants (7)

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PRODESIGN ELECTRONIC & CAD LAYOUT GMBH

Germany

HAGE SONDERMASCHINENBAU GMBH & CO KG

Austria

MASCHINENBAU HEINRICH HAJEK GMBH & CO KG

Austria

HOCHRAINER GMBH

Germany

ANALOGIC COMPUTER LTD.

Hungary

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY - HELLAS

Greece

COMPUTER AND AUTOMATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE, HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES DUPLI USE 999012269

Hungary

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 512668

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 291 356

  • EU contribution

    € 762 437

Coordinated by:

PROFACTOR PRODUKTIONSFORSCHUNGS GMBH

Austria