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19 November, 2019.

Basler Cameras Integrated In drag&bot Robotics Software

In the past, programming of robots with vision components was a big challenge…

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…for many small and medium-sized companies. This usually required both robotics knowledge and knowledge of the manufacturer-specific robot programming language. The drag&bot software now simplifies the programming of industrial robots. Via drag and drop in the software’s graphical user interface, a program sequence can be defined by selecting and compiling individual function blocks.

Basler cameras are integrated via the pylon camera driver for the Robot Operating System (ROS).

Thanks to the integration of the Basler pylon Camera Software Suite into the drag&bot software, it is now possible to easily integrate Basler 2D cameras into your robot application.

Advantages

Many smaller companies have been reluctant to use robots with vision components because robot programming has been highly complex, time-consuming and costly. The drag&bot software simplifies programming and enables work with robots without the need for expensive specialist personnel.

– Software for easy setup, programming and operation of industrial robots

– Installation and calibration of Basler cameras with just a few clicks

– Image processing functions usable via the graphical user interface of drag&bot

– Intuitive operating and input aids (wizards) for your robot application

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Product Video

drag&bot enables production staff to use robots without expert knowledge. Get to know the functions and advantages of the software in the drag&bot product video.

Calibration

With just a few mouse clicks, Basler cameras can be installed in the Component Manager and can be calibrated using intuitive step-by-step instructions.

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Operator Panel

Various camera parameters can be set in the operator panel. Control sharpness, exposure time or gain directly in the drag&bot software.

Why drag&bot?

The complex setup, programming and operation of industrial robots with vision systems has so far deterred many smaller companies from purchasing them. drag and bot GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart, meets this challenge with software that enables even inexperienced users to operate robots. The company’s vision is to make programming industrial robots as easy as using a smartphone. With the software drag&bot, the Stuttgart-based company comes very close to this goal.

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Our Camera Recommendation

As an internationally leading manufacturer of high-quality industrial cameras, we offer our customers a very broad portfolio of cameras and suitable accessories. As our customer, you receive vision components tailored to your technical and budgetary requirements.

For your robotics application, we will be happy to give you a selection from our Basler ace series. In its small and lightweight design, this camera offers high shock resistance, as well as high stability and reliability.

The ace series is available with both USB 3.0 and GigE interface. USB 3.0 enables a high bandwidth and convinces as a simple plug-and-play solution. GigE allows cost-effective single cable solutions for long distances up to 100m. All models are available in both monochrome and color.

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acA1440-220um

This ace USB 3.0 model offers 1.6Mp at 227 fps and convinces with excellent image quality.

Thanks to the global shutter, motion artifacts are avoided, making the camera ideal for use in pick-and-place applications.

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acA1440-73gm

This ace GigE model offers 1.6 MP at 73 fps and convinces with excellent image quality.

Thanks to the global shutter, motion artifacts are avoided, making the camera ideal for use in pick-and-place applications.

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acA3088-57um

This ace USB 3.0 model offers 6Mp at 59 fps and convinces with a unique price-performance ratio.

The rolling shutter allows large resolutions at a small optical size, which saves costs. The cameras are ideal for detecting and inspecting stationary objects.

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acA3088-16gm

This ace GigE model offers 6Mp at 16 fps and convinces with a unique price-performance ratio.

The rolling shutter allows large resolutions at a small optical size, which saves costs. The cameras are ideal for detecting and inspecting stationary objects.