The Ricoh SC-10 camera inspection system, which is designed to both provide assembly instructions to operators and verify each step has been completed correctly, is now available in Europe from STEMMER IMAGING.
It is promoted as a simple, self-contained camera system and one which is having a major impact in many different manufacturing environments in Japan.
It works by loading a set of work instructions into the camera and displaying on a monitor while the camera scans the work piece. The human operator follows the on-screen assembly instructions and after every action, the system compares the result to the correct stored image before the next step can be taken. This reduces errors, helps operators learn new tasks and provides a digital audit trail of all operations.
The RICOH SC – 10 series automatically checks the assembly status and identifies incorrect, or missing items by using either pattern matching, colour verification, or identifying the presence of textures. In addition, when used in conjunction with a Barcode scanner, it can record the part number and select the job instruction set, record the serial number and user ID. Each step completed is recorded in a CSV file including the time spent and an optional image of the inspection can be saved. This means that it can be used for assembly work analysis and traceability.
The camera features in-built software, which can be set up with a directly attached mouse and keyboard via USB. An HDMI monitor can be connected to display the assembly instructions and inspection state. No PC is required. Job configuration and instruction along with the inspection audit report can be stored either on the inbuilt SD card, or on a network storage location via the inbuilt Ethernet port.