THE KEY TO A FASTER DETECTION
“We are very happy with the productive collaboration with Roboception and proud of the results we achieved together. This solution takes our software package to a whole new level.”
Dipl. Ing. Gerald Meister
Head of Development at RG Technologies GmbH
IN NEED OF A VISION SOLUTION – WITH AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF REQUIREMENTS
When RG Technologies, one of the leading providers of high performing industrial cutting systems for leather and textiles, looked for a reliable vision solution to detect the contours of leather pieces as well as marked faults and quality zones, their list of requirements was long.
Their perfect vision solution would need to be:
– a reliable and robust application, insensitive to light exposure,
– that would deliver precisely repeatable detection results very quickly and at a high accuracy,
– platform-agnostic and scalable,
– easy to install and just as easy to maintain,
– and, last but not least, good value-for-money.
And although their application does not even include any robots, they turned to Roboception.
QUICK AND RELIABLE CONTOUR DETECTION – A KEY USP FOR RG TECHNOLOGIES’ SOLUTIONS
RG Technologies offers integrated cutting solutions for “anything that can be laid flat on a table”, with a strong focus on leather and textile. At the heart of their solutions, their CCUT software for nesting and cutting controls these systems efficiently.
Due to the nature of the product (varying shapes, quality zones, faults and unevenness), the efficient use of leather skins is particularly challenging. The first step in the cutting process is the manual marking of faults and quality zones. After that, capturing the individual shape as well as the markings has been a tedious (often manual) task in the past.
“Using two rc_visard 160 monochrome coupled with a tailor-made software piece which Roboception developed specifically for this application, we have now fully automated this step and successfully integrated it into our software solution as the PEAKTOURe Detection Module.“
The automatic contour detection enables an equally automated nesting (optimized distribution of the patterns to be cut into the shape of the material, while considering quality zones and faults). The material utilization is increased significantly, as is the final output at the cutting table. Thanks to the precise repeatability, a permanent process reliability is ensured. Last but not least, the increased output and the fact that detection and nesting can now be done within a matter of seconds, are a clear advantage over many comparable solutions.
A SOLUTION-ORIENTED COLLABORATION
The collaboration between RG Technologies and Roboception has been marked by a common innovative spirit and the joint goal of developing a solution that could become operational very quickly.
“Roboception’s teams have been easily available for us throughout the development,
and we appreciated their very short reaction times and fast solution approaches.
They were able to meet each and every one of our requirements in a reliable way.“
Further to that, RG Technologies appreciated the intuitive plug-and-play usability of the rc_visard, its capacity to deliver quick and repeatable results and – last but not least – its appealing design.
While the two-sensor solution is being deployed at first customer’s premises, an extended version is currently being tested – for it may well take a four-camera installation to reliably cover leather skins coming from the largest of bulls, as these can easily reach dimensions of 3x3m².
ABOUT RG TECHNOLOGIES
RG Technologies is a developer and supplier of innovative and integrated software solutions, technologies and services. For many years, the company has been working on product development and production processes for the handling of leather and surface materials.