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Wednesday, March 03 2021 - 18:00
Free People from Monotonous Work: OMRON Releases FH-SMD Series 3D Vision Sensor for Robot Arms
KYOTO, Japan, Mar. 3, 2021 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

- Human-like Fast Detection and Flexibility for Automating Part Picking -

OMRON Corporation based in Kyoto, Japan, announced the release in March of its 
new FH-SMD Series 3D Vision Sensor. The FH-SMD Series can be mounted on a robot 
to recognize randomly placed (bulk) automotive parts in three dimensions, 
enabling space-saving assembly, inspection, and pick & place, which are 
difficult with conventional robots, and improving productivity. OMRON continues 
to contribute to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites through total 
solutions combining robots and automation devices. 

Image1: The FH-SMD Series mounted on OMRON's collaborative robot recognizes 
bulk parts in three dimensions

Production workers are hard to come by these days, and labor costs have risen 
sharply. Manufacturers are now facing intense pressure to automate processes 
that rely on the senses of experienced human workers. Moreover, production 
workers now need to work harmoniously with machines to raise productivity amid 
the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, the automotive industry requires vision 
sensors as the eyes of robots that are indispensable for automation because it 
is difficult for machines to recognize positions and postures of various 
complex-shaped parts. However, conventional large 3D vision sensors take a long 
time to detect the status of targets as well as needing large spaces and large 
mounting equipment. These are barriers to installation into preexisting spaces 
and automation that provides human-level performance.

The new FH-SMD Series 3D Vision Sensor is small and light enough to be mounted 
on a robot arm, eliminating the need for special mounting equipment and thus 
saving space. This sensor can be moved to change viewpoints and easily 
recognize parts, reducing blind spots and providing reliable detection. In 
addition, the newly developed 3D measurement technology enables part detection 
in approximately 0.4 seconds (*1) regardless of the shape and location. Bulk 
parts assembly can be automated smoothly.

OMRON set forth a strategic concept called "innovative-Automation" consisting 
of three innovations or "i's" -- "integrated" (control evolution), 
"intelligent" (development of intelligence by ICT), and "interactive" (new 
harmonization between people and machines). By providing productive automation 
solutions combining the FH-SMD Series and robots, OMRON accelerates the 
creation of "interactive" manufacturing sites -- key to the materialization of 
"innovative-Automation" -- together with its client companies.

(*1) Total time for 3D measurement and 3D recognition under OMRON's specified 

1. Fits in preexisting compact spaces
The new small and light 3D vision sensor for robot arms saves installation 
space. There is no need for big mounting equipment and a major layout change 
which are required for other 3D vision sensors.

Image2: Features

Examples of using FH-SMD with robot
Flexible part picking from multiple locations, easily transportable to where 



2. Faster cycle time thanks to human-like speed and flexibility
High-speed detection in approximately 0.4 seconds (*1) makes picking smooth.

High-speed detection is accomplished by 3D measurement technology to create 3D 
shape images and 3D recognition technology to identify the position and posture 
of targets.

(*1) Please refer to the previous note.

Image5: High-speed detection

The camera changes the viewpoint to detect parts at high speeds, reducing blind 

Image6: Examples of using FH-SMD with robot

3. Easy setup without manuals
The wizards guide operators step-by-step by setting up a picking application, 
from camera setup to calibration.

Image7: Easy setup without manuals

4. System configuration

5. Specifications

About "innovative-Automation"
Recently, OMRON has developed a manufacturing innovation concept, called 
"innovative-Automation." With this concept, OMRON is currently committed to 
bringing innovation to manufacturing sites through three key innovations, or 
three "i's." Through these innovations in the area of automation, OMRON aims to 
enable significant productivity improvements in manufacturing sites in order to 
achieve high-value-added manufacturing. 
With the first "i," "integrated" (control evolution), OMRON will seek to 
advance automated control technology so that virtually any operator, even 
inexperienced operators, can effortlessly perform work that previously required 
the expert skills of experienced workers. With the second "i," "intelligent" 
(development of intelligence by ICT), OMRON seeks to create constantly evolving 
equipment and production lines. By adopting a wide range of control devices and 
artificial intelligence (AI), machines can learn through experience and 
maintain themselves in optimal condition. For the third "i," "interactive" (new 
harmonization between people and machines), OMRON pursues the development of a 
new harmonious relationship between human operators and machines; as they work 
together in the same workspace, machines will be able to assist human operators 
by recognizing human thoughts and behavior in a way that only OMRON, a 
specialist control equipment manufacturer who knows production floors inside 
and out, can realize.

About OMRON Corporation
OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation based on its 
core technology of "Sensing & Control + Think." OMRON's business fields cover a 
broad spectrum, ranging from industrial automation and electronic components to 
social systems, healthcare, and environmental solutions. Established in 1933, 
OMRON has about 30,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and 
services in around 120 countries and regions. In the field of industrial 
automation, OMRON supports manufacturing innovation by providing advanced 
automation technology and products, as well as through extensive customer 
support, in order to help create a better society. For more information, visit 
OMRON's website:

Source: OMRON Corporation