Teqram in Vision + Robotics
Recently Teqram has published an article in the december special of Vision + Robotics.
In this special we explain the way the EasyEye and EasyBot work and how easy it really is to use this complicated Vision Guided Robotics technology.
You can also find different examples of how the EasyBot, a combination of our EasyEye, our bin picking software and a robot, have found the way to production area’s.
Teqram: Ready for the future!
Teqram is getting big. Too big for the current location!
Just after summer vacation Teqram will move to her new location at the Schoenerweg no. 4.
Within a few weeks 3 of the final 6 halls are prepared for the big step Teqram will make.
With about 3.000 square meters of productionarea, Teqram is ready for the future!
There will be a (semi-)closed part for the assembly of the easyEye and several places for test setups.
Teqram successfully demonstrates Bin-Picking
From 20 to 23 March, the trade fair in Utrecht was dominated by the Technishow, the leading trade fair for automation, machines and plants. Teqram was represented at the Technishow as an exhibitor and showed the in-house developed Bin-Picking technology.
The impressive robot arrangement led to many enthusiastic reactions and curious visitors at the Teqram stand, where the employees were asked questions.
The structure consisted of a robot arm equipped with a self-developed Easygripper, which randomly picked metal parts from a crate, scanned them and arranged them on different stacks.
Although the products were tightly packed, tilted, half covered and even on their side, the robot – supported by the EasyEye® and the EasyFlexibleFramework – always knew which product could be safely and easily removed from the crate.
An intelligent combination of simple software, a gripper and an image processing system enables the automation of production lines and very quickly offers flexible automation within the production environment.
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Bin-picking Demonstration at the Technishow 2018
Breakthrough in Bin-Picking
Teqram launches 3D vision platform for robots
Robots – they are reliable, fast, inexpensive, accurate and productive. Unfortunately, their possibilities are also limited. Many tasks that a human can perform without any problems are still unsolvable for robots. An example of such a problem is bin-picking – the automatic sorting of mixed workpieces from a container.
But even this is now becoming reality! Teqram has specialized in optically controlled robots and with our EasyEye® core technology, a robot receives a similar hand-eye coordination as a human. The robot controller enables optical programming by means of 3D vision. The “eye” gives the robot the possibility to react flexibly to changes in the products or in its environment.
Managing Director Frans Tollenaar: “We developed this technology out of frustration because we could not advance the automation of our factories with conventional vision systems and conventional robots. The robots are confronted with a large variety of products and must be able to react flexibly to changes. This requires a completely new robot control system. The EasyEye® is the solution. The depth measurements of the time-of-flight laser sensor are combined with image information from a camera. These data are converted into control commands with the help of algorithms developed in-house.”
The EasyEye® software development environment was designed as a toolbox to solve complicated 3D vision problems. Bin-picking is one of the trickiest challenges in optically controlled robots and we have the most advanced solution for it.
Robots with a graphical interface are not yet as flexible as humans, notes Frans Tollenaar. But it is an enormous step forward. “From now on, the robots can also be used for tasks with a high degree of variance. Start and destination locations can be variable, as can the size of the product. A special feature of our system is the possibility of automatic quality control during product handling.
This article was published in October 2017 in the FD-Spezial Analyse Industrie.
Great results for Teqram at the Vision, Robotics & Motion fair
Teqram successfully attended the Vision, Robotics and Motion fair, held in Veldhoven(NL) at June 14-15. A great step forward, as it was the very first fair for Teqram as a young startup in the scene. At the preparations for the fair, Teqram came up with an ambitious plan to showcase a full setup of our robot and software installation to the fair. This became reality with help of the robot’s flexible robot- and software technology, which allowed the robot to be set up in a short amount of time. The robot was able to successfully perform a demonstration of our bin-picking technology for metal parts. The set up turned out to be a real crowd-pleaser and received many positive reactions.
Below is a time-lapse video of the robot in action.
Interested in how we can automate your industrial processes? check out our business case for deburring machines.
Bin-Picking for Metalworking Industries
Zwolle – Recently, Tollenaar Industries founded their latest addition in their range of industrial companies. Years of experience within the metalworking business, software development, extensive knowledge of machines and the construction of operating systems in combination with the call for the use of low-value energy, led to their newest startup Teqram. With the start of Teqram, Tollenaar Industries now offers a vision system whereby industrial robots can autonomously move randomly placed products, regardless of different product dimensions or the immediate environment; bin picking for metal products.
Focus on software development
Teqram is the fifth company within Tollenaar Industries. “We have been heavily involved in software development over recent years, as an important building block within our company Tosec to meet market demand faster. Now we have made a follow-up. Within the Kaizen idea, we waste a lot of energy moving and handling products at the machine, and at the same time this provides us low returns. We wanted to eliminate this. This has now been achieved with our bin picking system, after a one year development and startup phase. This is made possible by deploying the precise laser of the easyEye and the algorithms of our EasyFlexibleFramework.’
Frans Tollenaar, director-owner, is enthusiastic about his new business. ‘Teqram has ten fte’s who work hard to develop this system. We have a demo and the expectations are very hopeful. Indeed, the first order requests for this system are already there. “
This article was originally published on May 26, 2017 in the “Vraag & aanbod” catalogue. Text by Rolf Elling
Meet Teqram at the Vision and Robotics Fair
Announcement: Would you like to experience how our robot is able to ‘see’ products? Witness how you can control a robot with just a few mouseclicks? Or do you want more information about moving unsorted products with our bin picking technique?
Then we kindly invite you to visit the Teqram stand at the Vision, Robotics and Motion fair in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. (stand 235 Beneluxhal)
Bin picking and object identification
Our Teqram stand will show a robot, equipped with an easyEye and easyGripper. The Robot will move products using our bin picking method. This way, products can be placed unsorted within a box. The robot is able to scan the products and pick, move and stack them individually.
Next to bin picking, there will also be an easyEye configuration for object identification.
Finally, we would like to let you experience the user-friendliness of our robot control software. Just a few mouseclicks will allow you to letting the robot pop a balloon. Programming skill is not required, it will allow you to drink a cup of fresh coffee with us!
- Vision, Robotics & Motion, NH Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven
- 14 and 15 juni 9:30 – 17:00
- Teqram: Stand 235 Beneluxhal
Bin picking becomes reality with vision system by Teqram
Teqram aims to provide customer solutions for industrial automation through constant innovations and process optimization. Recently, Teqram has developed a significant development in the field of robot vision. In a robot test setup, consisting of a robot arm and our easyEye® robot vision system, the robot is capable of finding and moving randomly placed products inside a box to a designated location.
This technique, called ‘Bin Picking’, is an important step in the process of developing autonomous robots to perform new tasks within the industrial sector. For example, in a practical scenario, the robot is able to load products that are unevenly stacked in a randomly placed box, on a machine. This saves a lot of time in both setup times and the correct placing of products.
Bin picking is made possible by using the easyEye® precision laser and an innovative algorithm of the easyFlexibleFramework. The laser generates a 3D image of the content. The software then displays the coordinates of the products to be picked up by the robot, which remembers this and then detects and moves the products by itself.
The autonomous finding and relocation of products is in line with Teqram’s core mission; Industrial automation made easy.
Teqram displays easyEye® during the “week van techniek”
Teqram, along with other industrial companies around Zwolle (Netherlands), participated in the “Week van techniek” (Week of engineering). During this week, Teqram showed schoolkids the latest technological innovations in the field of industrial automation and robot control. A test setup, consisting of an easyEye®, attached to a robot arm and a laptop running our easy software package, allowed the kids to control the robot with just a few mouseclicks.
The purpose of this test setup was to pop balloons by using Teqram’s >easyEye® robot to lead the robot arm to the right coordinates. Thanks to clever software and the built-in camera of the easyEye®, kids could actually see through the eyes of the robot upon the balloons. subsequently, the kids just had to click on the balloon which they wanted the robot to pop. The robot did the rest.
For Teqram, this educational day proves once more that programming the easyEye® and using its easy-software package is so simple, it can even be done by children. Something which we are very proud of!
The “Week van techniek” (Week of engineering) is an annual event to stimulate children to consider a technical job. Several companies in and around Zwolle (Netherlands) are opened to give demonstrations of industrial operations and machines. Next to Teqram, our sister company Tosec also took part in the “Week van techniek”, which attracted over 1000 visitors.
Caught your interest? check out the video!
Teqram featured in “Ondernemen doen we zo”
On Sunday, February 12, 2017 Teqram has given an interview where we explained and demonstrated the easyEye technology. Dutch tv program “Ondernemen doen we zo” experienced the opportunities that the easyEye can provide in the field of industrial robotics. During the broadcast, there has been given a demonstration in which a robot, featured with the easyEye, autonomously moved products between pallets. Next, this technique is demonstrated in a real-time situation, in which the robot loads products on a deburring machine. The robot is autonomously able to find the products, to scan them and to move them in a free space.
Curious? watch the video:
In the upcoming minutes, i am going to show you a product that in my eyes is going to conquer the world. I am in Zwolle, at the site of a company that is developing the easyEye, which is a robot eye. It is an absolutely spectacular thought that we can have robots that are able to autonomously measure objects and surfaces with an eye. Frans and his colleagues are building it, in Zwolle.
Frans Tollenaar, co-owner of the Tollenaar group, is developing this robot technology within the company Teqram. “What you see here is our latest development; a robot operating system which is able to control robots in a way that was never seen before.” Apart from the testing site where we can see the easyEye, there are several machines in the plant that successfully cooperate with the easyEye.
A successful application is a pallet of products that the robot can autonomously put on a machine. The robot is able to scan, measure the products on the pallet and then calculate when and how many products can be put on a machine. A pallet can be placed freely around the machine because the robot is able to find it independently and regardless of its surroundings.
The easyEye on itself is a small case which can be placed on a conventional robot. Current robots require extensive programming time. However, with the easyEye, programming time becomes a matter of a few mouse clicks thanks to clever software. The application of the easyEye in the demonstration we see in this video saves hours of programming time, which would have been needed to do the same with current techniques. Teqram is making such progress that the robot, thanks to its clever object recognition, will soon be able to recognize products and start producing all by itself. This is a true revolution within the niche of industrial robots.
The easyEye can be connected to current ERP systems using clever modules. This allows the easyEye to restock and give ready signals.
The robot setup at the testing site consists of a robot arm with a span of 3 meters and a payload of 175 kilograms. The safety system that is being used is based on LIDAR technology. Next to this is the easyEye system which is able to define positions of random coordinates in space. Through this, the robot can be placed at random places and the products won’t have to be put on a fixed place. There is no need to fill in product sizes, quantities and thickness because the easyEye will simply compute this for itself. In the video, it is shown that the easyEye can transfer products from one pallet to another, fully autonomously.
The easyEye is even able to cooperate with a second easyEye system. This allows it to move freely through a space. This technology is rapidly developing and is offering many possibilities and perspectives for the future of industrial robots.
Robot control à la Carte
Fast programming industrial robots for different tasks. Teqram is developing the required software and a system and wants to conquer the world with it.
The hand I’m holding up is shortly being touched by the robot arm. A strange, nearly personal experience, comparable to the feeling that occurs when in close proximity of a lifelike shopping mannequin. “What happens here is a revolution; a robot that is able to ‘see’ and ‘approach’ an object in a free space. Frans Tollenaar, accompanied by brother Roland Tollenaar founded Teqram, based under the same roof as mother company Tosec: a sheet metal processing firm based in Zwolle. Both brothers have very high expectations of the smart software that the company has internally developed in the past 15 years.
Robots have been around for many years, as a cheap alternative to keep workers from doing sequential, demanding and boring tasks. However, robots that are intelligent enough to handle great variations in small amounts of products never existed, until now.
After years of experimenting and developing, the Tollenaar brothers and their firms released software that can be connected to many current machines in all sort of branches. A modular system that is broadly applicable to existing machines.
“We desperately wanted to develop this technique for our own firm, but also know that there are many companies in need of this technique”, says Frans Tollenaar. “The moment has come to release our system on the market, although we keep developing it.”
Sheet metal working company Tosec, part of Tollenaar industries with 5 firms and over 300 employees in the Netherlands, Germany and South-Africa, is requesting patents for their youngest company Teqram. Teqram plans to sell the robot software globally starting this autumn. “We have ambitions to become the ASML of our region.”, the two brothers expressing their expectations.
The new robot technique is all about observing. Several sensors and cameras enable the robot to ‘see’ and handle. “We no longer speak of blind robots that have to be extensively programmed to execute a task”, engineer Roland explains. “With self-observing, robots are able to handle different tasks much faster. We have over 1200 clients in Germany and the Netherlands, all with their own specific requirements and often in small quantities. It will be a huge advantage that we are now able to rapidly shift in different productions. When there is a need for a new prototype, there is a high chance we are able to develop it on the very same day, while we normally would have to concern about costs and highly demanding programming-time.”
The technique is not only applicable to existing robot setups for welding, drilling or machining, but can be used with cranes and packing machines as well, to name a few. “We aren’t just processing the metal, we have to move it around much more”, Frans Tollenaar adds jokingly. “The smart robot can play an important role in total logistics for a company.”
The two brothers are not afraid that their current employees will be replaced by the techniques partly developed by the same employees. “On the contrary, this will generate even more work for us. We are even going to need more employees.”
Plug it out
Frans Tollenaar is not afraid that future robots will be clever enough to overrule humans. “I don’t believe technology will go as fast as many movie-scenarios make us believe. You just simply plug it out and the robot will be turned off.”
This article is originally publiced on july 14 2016 in de Stentor and is written by Frans Ebeltjes