Servo Robot Group

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Servo Robot Inc.
Industry Welding Automation
Founded Headquarters : Servo Robot Inc.
St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, Canada (1983 (1983))
Products Intelligent Robotic Sensing and Laser Vision Systems
Divisions Servo Robot Corp. WI, USA (1993 (1993))
Servo Robot Japan, Osaka (1994 (1994))
Servo Robot China, Beijing (2004 (2004)))
Servo Robot GmbH, Germany (2012 (2012))
Website www.servorobot.com

Servo Robot Group is a company that develops and creates intelligent sensing and digital vision systems to simplify manufacturing process automation such as welding. Therefore, the main activity is to build intelligent sensing systems based on precision measurement with laser beams and other intelligent sensing devices applicable to various industries such as automotive, railroad, pipe and tube, aerospace, shipbuilding, fabricated structures, windmill towers manufacturing, etc.[1]

Founded in 1983, Servo Robot has established its world headquarters, production plant and research and development center in the St-Bruno Industrial Park, south of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. More than 95% of Servo Robot's products are exported outside of Canada every year.

Technologies[edit]

Since its foundation, Servo Robot has been a player in the technological progress of Intelligent Sensing and Laser Vision Systems. Strenuous, rigorous and constant work in research and development has resulted, over the course of several years, many achievements and more particularly numerous patents. Innovation combined with real world experience are the keys to these technological advances.

Patents delivered by the United States Patents And Trademarks Office [1]

  • Laser Joining Head Assembly and Laser Joining Method [2]
  • Hybrid Compact Sensing Apparatus for Adaptive Robotic Processes [3]
  • Sensing Head and Apparatus for Determining the Position and Orientation of a Target Object [4]
  • Robot Feature Tracking Devices and Methods [5]
  • Light Pinpointing Device for a Robot [6]
  • Twin Sensor Laser Probe [7]

Patents delivered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office [2]

  • Sensing Head and Apparatus for Determining the Position and Orientation of a Target Object [8]

Categories of intelligent sensing systems[edit]

The product range of Servo Robot is divided in four major functions and are designed to interface with well-known robot brands.

1) Seam finding, seam tracking and adaptive control

  • Sensing systems for articulated robots
  • Tracking systems for arc welding
  • Adaptive control systems

2) Weld and sealant bead inspection

  • Handheld inspection systems
  • Inspection for laser welding systems
  • Palletizing

3) Intelligent laser welding modules

  • Process modules for laser welding
  • Inspection systems for laser welding

4) Material handling

  • Palletizing / De-palletizing systems

Applications[edit]

Innovations developed in patents mentioned in the above section resulted in concrete solutions easily applicable to markets ranging from automotive to aerospace which has helped many companies [9] and factories to become more productive and reach their Six Sigma constant improvements goals.

Aircraft & Aerospace Automotive Construction
Welding automation:
- Jet engine exhaust turbine blades
- Turbo prop engine casing
Robotic measurement of wings for machining operation
Robotic joining of body components
Inspection:
- Suspension member
- Frame assembly, chassis
- Laser-brazed roof-pillar junction
LWB applications
Tracking for complex 3D weld seam
Blank palletizing/ de-palletizing
Welding automation:
- Pipe steel structural components
- Bridge structural components
- Aluminum concrete form
Inspection of offshore oil-ring platform
Earth Moving Equipment Railroad Shipbuilding [10]
Welding automation:
- Heavy machinery weldments
On-Site quality control of weld bead geometry and dimensions
Welding automation:
- Wagon bogie
- Aluminum passenger cars
- Panel lines
Welding automation:
- Ship Stiffeners
- Submarines
- Panel lines
Tank & Vessel Tube & Pipe Windmill Tower
Welding automation:
- Water heater tanks
- Aluminum fuel tanks
- Stainless steel tanks
Inspection of leak sensitive gas tanks
Pressure Vessels
Welding automation:
- U-O pipe
- Spiral pipe
- High-speed pipeline welding machines
Quality control of weld beads
Tracking for ultrasonic testing
Pipe diameter measurement
Roll formed tube longitudinal weld seam tracking
Outside circumferential weld seam tracking and adaptive control
Inside circumferential weld seam tracking and adaptive control

Associations/Societies[edit]

American Welding Society [3]
Association for Advanced Automation [4]
Edison Welding Institute [5]
Optical Society of America [6]
Robotic Industries Association [7]
Society of Manufacturing Engineers [8]
TWI [9]
WEMCO [10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Welding Vision Systems, by Nello Zuech, Machin Vision Online, June 4th, 2006 http://www.visiononline.org/vision-resources-details.cfm/vision-resources/Welding-Vision-Systems-by-Nello-Zuech-Contributing-Editor/content_id/1184/id/2/category_id/52/newsType_id/0
  2. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, Patent # 7557326, Inventors: Boillot, et al. , July 2009 http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7557326.PN.&OS=PN/7557326&RS=PN/7557326
  3. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, Patent # 7 283 892, Inventors: Boillot, et al. , July 2009 http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7283892.PN.&OS=PN/7283892&RS=PN/7283892
  4. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, Patent # 6 730 926, Inventors: Boillot, et al. , July 2009 http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6730926.PN.&OS=PN/6730926&RS=PN/6730926
  5. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, Patent # 6 430 472, Inventors: Boillot, et al. , July 2009 http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6430472.PN.&OS=PN/6430472&RS=PN/6430472
  6. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, Patent # 6 352 354, Inventors: Boillot, et al. , August 2009 http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6352354.PN.&OS=PN/6352354&RS=PN/6352354
  7. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, Patent # 5 612 785, Inventors: Boillot, et al. , August 2009 http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=5612785.PN.&OS=PN/5612785&RS=PN/5612785
  8. ^ CIPO Canadian Patents Database, Patent # 2 356 618, Inventors: Boillot, et al. , July 2009 http://brevets-patents.ic.gc.ca/opic-cipo/cpd/eng/patent/2356618/summary.html?type=number_search
  9. ^ Adaptive Welding, Fanuc Robotics America, 2005 Fanuc Robotics Newsletter http://www.fanucrobotics.com/file-repository/DataSheets/Vision-Software-Controls-Options/adapt-weld.pdf
  10. ^ Building a Better Submarines in Less Time, U.S. Navy by Mary Ruth Johnsen, The Welding Journal,May 2002 http://www.aws.org/w/a/wj/2002/05/feature1/index.html

External links[edit]

Robotic Industry Association [11]
Manufacturing Talk [12]

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