Robotic Cake Decorating
In this application, two SL-1880’s Machine Vision scanners are used to generate a 3D geometric digital model of cakes as they travel on a conveyor through the scan zone. The 3D model is used to generate a unique path for the robot to decorate the cake and compensates for differences in cake type, height and location on the conveyor. In a recipe-driven system, the same robot can decorate many different cake styles with minimal changeover interactions.
3D Machine Vision introduces a new layer of flexible manufacturing in commercial bakeries. In one installation, two identical lines with two robots per line apply different colors of icing art to baked goods. The system is capable of decorating 40 cakes a minute.
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“We are expanding the system to include new R&D cake decoration designs. The bakery sees the new 3-D scanner systems as a competitive advantage that will allow them to compete for work with a higher repeatability in the decorations at a much more competitive price point than they have been able to offer in the past.”
– Doug Taylor, Concept Systems Inc.
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