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Cognex Corp. has developed a library of 3D vision software tools which can aid in vision-guided robotics, assembly and inspection. Cognex 3D-Locate offers real-time, three-dimensional position data, enabling automation equipment to work with a wide variety of parts, including items that are stocked or titled. According to Cognex, 3D-Locate can improve vision performance for applications such as logistics, robot-guided de-palletizing and precision assembly. In the process, it eliminates the need for expensive mechanical fixtures or measurement devices. Cognex 3D-Locate uses multiple sets of two-dimensional features found by the company's geometric pattern-matching tool, PatMax, to determine an object's precise three-dimensional orientation. The new product can also be used in combination with the vendor's code reading, gauging and inspection tools.
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