Patent Number: 6,166,811

Title: Robot-based gauging system for determining three-dimensional measurement data

Abstract: A robot-based gauging system is provided for determining three-dimensional measurement data of the surface of an object. The robot-based gauging system includes a robot having at least one movable member and a robot controller for controlling the movement of the movable member in relation to the surface of an object. A non-contact sensor is coupled to the movable member of the robot for capturing image data representative of the surface of the object. A position reporting device reports position data representative of the position of the non-contact sensor. A synch signal generator for generating and transmitting a synch signal is electrically connected to each of the non-contact sensor and the position reporting device, such that the non-contact sensor reports image data in response to the synch signal and the position reporting device reports position data in response to the synch signal. The robot-based gauging system further includes a vision system adapted to retrieve image data from the non-contact sensor and position data from the position reporting device, whereby the vision system synchronizes the image data with the position data in order to determine three-dimensional measurement data for the object.

Inventors: Long; William D. (Ann Arbor, MI), Kingston; Charles C. (Wixom, MI)

Assignee: Perceptron, Inc.

International Classification: G01S 17/89 (20060101); G01S 17/00 (20060101); G01S 17/42 (20060101); G01S 17/88 (20060101); G02B 021/22 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017