How Machine Vision Makes Motion Control Systems More Effective

machine vision motion controlMachine vision and motion control systems are increasingly integrating in today’s manufacturing environment in response to growing complexity amidst the need for operational efficiencies. So far, the two technologies are complimenting each other well.

There are many different ways in which machine vision and motion control can be combined, but they all result in new possibilities in process automation. So how exactly does machine vision aid motion control? And what types of applications are enabled by this technology?

Machine Vision Improves Motion Control Systems

Over the years, in an effort to be more agile and lean, manufacturing environments have come faster, more complex and more dynamic. Traditional “blind” motion control systems would not be able to keep up with today’s demands for efficiencies and consistency in such a complicated environment.

Vision systems make motion control more flexible, adaptable and effective. Motion control systems with machine vision integrated can account for variables and react to obstacles in their operating environment. Overall, when the two technologies are combined, the resulting system has far great functionality.

Types of Machine Vision and Motion Control Applications

Machine vision provides essential feedback for motion control systems to optimize performance. Consistently bringing together two axes when there may be variables introduced into the environment, such as the application of adhesive to a part on a conveyor, benefits greatly from vision to maintain high levels of accuracy by helping align the dispenser with the part.

Pick and place applications are another prime example of vision and motion working in tandem. Without machine vision, parts have to be located in precisely the same position every time. But with machine vision, the robot can account for variations in part orientation and even handle a mix of parts with downtime for changeovers or reprogramming.

Machine vision provides important benefits in dispensing, pick and place and material handling applications, among many others. Many motion control systems, especially in robotics, are augmented by machine vision technology.

Vision systems are increasingly becoming a central part of a motion control system’s capabilities. As vision technology advances, so will motion control technology. The two technologies create powerful automation systems.