3D Seam Inspection. Poorly welded components break, causing products to fail. In the case of automobiles and aeroplanes, this often has disastrous consequences and costs lives. Robotic weld seam inspection and optimization is now the standard in many industries.
The Obama administration is well aware of the high tech manufacturing competition in China and other Asian countries. In June 2011, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a $500 million effort between the government, universities, and corporate America to invest in new technologies that could create manufacturing jobs in the Untied States.
A few leading vendors profiled in the report lead the market. ABB provides a comprehensive range of robots to help manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. Regardless of application ABB has a robot to meet needs of the customer in any industry. ABB has installed 250,000 robots worldwide.
Contour Inspection. Machine vision systems for contour inspection examine the profile of an object using high-resolution cameras and 3D sensors to ensure it is free from deviations (e.g. chips), which affect the shape and thus the function of the product. They also check measurements such as length, width, and radius to ensure they are within set parameters.
The issue becomes creating jobs and building economies worldwide so people can afford to support a family and a lifestyle and buy the goods that are manufactured so efficiently. This new job creation market thrust will come from industry and government investment in innovation and centers of excellence.