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29.09.2020 : Automated and flexible parts feeding with 3D vibratory plates

Automated and flexible parts feeding with 3D vibratory plates: Alumotion interviews Maxime Oger, Regional Sales Manager Asyril

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Quick intro with the presentation of Maxime Oger
I’m Maxime OGER, Western Europe Sales Manager for ASYRIL since 2017. My role is to develop ASYRIL sales within western Europe through our distribution channel.
I have an Engineering background and started my career as an R&D Engineer in the small appliances industry for groupe SEB in France. I moved to Switzerland back in 2011 to become an Application Engineer for Johnson Electric International using my experience in small appliances product development. Customer driven I slowly moved into a Key Account Manager in several industries (F&B, Home Automation, Power tools, white goods).
I was never far away from automation and decided to jump into the robotics and Automation world with ASYRIL 3 years ago. Automation is full of innovation and no project is like the other. There is always a different problem to solve and helping our customers being successful in their projects is a great satisfaction.


Quick presentation for our audience: who is Asyril?
Asyril was founded in 2007 with the aim of developing small assembly lines for assembling tiny products. Switzerland with watch manufacturing was the ideal platform to start. Thus, the first product of Asyril was the PocketDelta robot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocketdelta_robot), a tiny robot having high precision and high speed on a small scale. While presenting the robot to potential customers one question was very often raised: “Very nice and compact robot, but how do you bring the tiny parts to the robot?”. This question triggered the development of a new, very flexible feeding system for small parts. The Asycube was born. The combination of the PocketDelta robot with the Asycube led to a great success with the commercialization of the Asyfeed Pocket Cell, a very versatile palletizing machine for small parts. The feeding system had many advantages compared to traditional systems, such that enquiries for bigger feeding systems came very quickly. Asyril decided then in 2014 to focus its activity in developing innovative feeding systems for broader industry applications. It sells its product worldwide through a performant network of distributors and continues to develop innovative solutions for feeding components in automated assembly lines.    
 


Could you share one or two extremely challenging applications that you were extremely proud to achieve as solutions?
ASYRIL started with extremely small and fragile parts for the watch industry. Our first achievement was to feed, identify and pick parts of 0.1mm in size. Mastering the feeding of such small parts requires a high level of expertise and technology. It was then obvious that our technology could apply to bigger parts and penetrate other markets like automotive, medical, cosmetic developing our Asycubes 240, 380 and 530 brought a lot of success stories at the most known companies in the entire world. Gaining the trust of such international companies is a nice reward and a good sign that our solutions are really beneficial.


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What's ahead for the industry? What makes you confident in the projected growth?
The growing demand for Flexibility is making us really confident for the future. We have seen recently companies producing products completely different from what they are used to. How can you adapt your production line without having Flexible solutions? Robots can be reprogramed very fast. Collaborative robots have pushed the reusability and the fast implementation even further.
Our products were designed with this exact same target.
Miniaturization is also coming in many industries and feeding small parts is something that not everybody can do.
We can foresee a bright future for ASYRIL.


 
Asyril, tomorrow: where are you headed in terms of R&D and what should be expected as we move forward?
That’s a good question! What must be understood is that ASYRIL was born and still lives from innovation. 80% of ASYRIL employees have Engineering degree and a high percentage of PhDs. Our R&D team is loaded with talents working for the future of the company. Our generation#1 Flexible Feeders are using a unique and patented technology the Generation #2 and#3 are already in process and will continue with the same target: Innovate and disrupt. ASYRIL will again be the precursor of flexible feeding.
Stay put!

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A few words on the italian market, for what you've experienced so far:
Italian machine builders reputation is known worldwide and being close to Italy was for clear that we had to enter Italian market and that there was a need for Flexible Feeding. We just needed to find a good partner to help us get known in Italy. With ALUMOTION we have found a partner sharing the same values: Innovation and helping customers. The ability of ALUMOTION to provide a high level expertise, technical support. Customers satisfaction is ASYRIL’s priority. Our technology is the most advanced among flexible feeding solutions. It is important for us to keep the technology advantage and gives this advantage to our customers.
Our partnership with ALUMOTION is made to last for long!
ASYRIL will be at the next SPS-Parma in May and we will show some unique solutions there. Other shows and virtual events shall come too in 2021 in Italy.


Closing, thank you, etc.
I’d like to thank Roberto and Fabio FACCHINETTI and the whole ALUMOTION team for helping ASYRIL developing in Italy. Finding valuable distributors isn’t easy, with ALUMOTION It is a successful story that will continue for years to come!

 

original article in italien

11.03.2020 : SVS-Vistek has collaborated with Swiss robot maker Asyril to improve the performance of assembly robots using sophisticated image processing systems, innovative ideas and industrial cameras. Stefan Waizmann, technical marketing engineer at SVS-Vistek, explains more.

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At almost every automation trade fair in recent years, the attempts of various companies to realise the famous “reach into the box”, i.e. the gripping of unordered components by a robot, can be seen. Despite enormous progress in the field of robotics and image processing, this task still poses a great challenge.
The reasons for this are obvious: Before a robot can grip a component, an image processing system must first reliably recognize it, calculate its orientation, and then communicate the position and orientation of the gripping points to the robot. In conventional technology, this is still a slow, multi-stage process (recognition, gripping, correct depositing, gripping with correct orientation). If the components to be gripped are chaotically mixed up and partially concealed, the safe and fast gripping of individual parts often becomes a complex and slow process.
Asyril has taken a new approach to this task, which is frequently encountered in industry. The Swiss company builds fast, highly efficient feeding systems for ‘pick and place’ robots using a trick that is simple at first glance but very innovative in detail. The bulk material objects lying next to and on top of each other in a box are guided via a feeding hopper to a vibration platform, where they are separated and placed in a position that allows easy access by the robot.

 

Vibration in three axes

The basic idea goes far beyond conventional mechanical systems such as vibrating pots, explains Asyril product manager Aymeric Simonin: “The special feature of our high-performance feeding systems is that the results of an integrated image processing system are used to control the vibrations of the platform in such a way that the objects are separated.

BU: The new Exo model with M42 mount (left) and the new EXO Tracer with MFT mount (right)

The core of the image processing system used in the current Asycube feeders is a camera from the EXO series from SVS-Vistek.
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“The specialized vision system delivers the necessary data almost in real time, ensuring that the parts are isolated in a controlled manner and brought into a gripping position that is optimal for the robot. After separation by “intelligent vibrations”, the image processing system communicates the data of the position and orientation of the components to be optimally gripped to the ‘pick and place’ robot, for which access is child’s play. In order to optimize the speed of object detection, the system sends the information about the first detected, well-placed components to the robot before the entire image is evaluated.”
The technical basis for this procedure is a flexible feeder called Asycube. Asyril developed this innovative, patent-protected 3-axis vibration technology itself, manufactures it in-house and uses it in its high-performance feeding systems. The high-quality actuators cause a vibration platform to vibrate, which can be controlled in terms of strength, frequency and duration, allowing the components to move quickly and accurately on the vibration platform.


Economical image processing

The second core element of Asyril’s flexible feeder solution is the integrated SmartSight vision system, which assesses the quality of the separation and determines the positions of the next optimally positioned parts with the knowledge of the robot gripper’s capabilities.
“An economical design was also important to us for this part of the overall system,” stresses Simonin. Asyril opted for several camera models from the EXO series with resolutions between 1.6 and 12 megapixels, after initial systems based on ECO cameras from SVS-Vistek, which, in addition to image acquisition, also take over control of the light and thus make an additional strobe controller obsolete.
“This enabled us to reduce the hardware costs for the entire system and to operate incident and transmitted light with short flash times directly from the camera’s power outputs,” says Simonin, describing the image processing setup. The timings for light and exposure come directly from the camera, which controls the electrical processes and the integrated four-channel LED driver with its sequencer. Light, sequencer and camera are controlled via a single programming interface.
“Our technology is very flexible and is suitable for loose parts and components of all geometries with sizes ranging from less than 0.1 mm to 150 mm,” says Simonin. The feeders used enable extremely gentle feeding of parts, which can be a decisive criterion depending on the application.
Thanks to their modular design, Asycube feeders can be flexibly and quickly adapted to the properties of the objects. In addition to easily exchangeable hardware modules, this configuration flexibility is also ensured by easy-to-use, PC-based image processing.
“When switching to other products, the advantages of a programmable feeder become particularly obvious: Configuration is carried out very quickly via software and saves expensive hardware set-up times. This is a big advantage, especially in markets with very short product life cycles or small series,” added Simonin.

 

Excellent partners

For the realisation of the SmartSight vision system integrated into the Asycube feeders, Asyril works together with Fabrimex from Volketswil, Switzerland, who, as partners of SVS-Vistek, complete their innovative camera technology to tailor-made optical solutions from a single source.
The development of Asyril enables robots to access individual parts or bulk materials more quickly, which leads to considerable increases in efficiency. “We are rooted in the Swiss watch industry with its high demands, but the advantages of our technology have now also proven themselves in many other markets such as the automotive, medical and electronics industries,” says a delighted Simonin.
“With Asycube SmartSight, we can offer users a fast alternative to the still slow, complex grip on the box and thus increase the productivity of the robots used.
The advantages of material feeding through the innovative Asycube solutions are now also paying off in other ways: At the MOTEK trade fair in Stuttgart at the end of 2018, Asyril was awarded a prize in the “Components for Handling and Assembly” category. The vibration platform of the Asycube feeders enables controlled movement and separation of bulk material objects.
 
SVS-Vistek has recently expanded its range of industrial cameras by 10 new USB3 models of the EXO camera series (exo342, exo367, exo387) with resolutions of 31, 19 and 17 megapixels. They are based on the innovative Pregius 2 CMOS sensors from Sony, which are highly light-sensitive with large, square pixels of 3.45 µm edge length and deliver an extremely high dynamic range.
The new products cover sensor formats up to APS-C and Four-Thirds. Due to their pixel size, Pregius 2 sensors can be operated with many cost-effective lenses even at high resolutions. For the high resolutions, the EXO series offers variants with M42 mount and the MFT mount for focusable lenses. SVS-Vistek thus offers its customers an optimum selection from a wide range of lenses for every task and enables economical solutions from a single source.
Despite their high resolutions, the new EXO cameras allow frame rates of 11.5, 18.5 and 21.5 frames/s with a USB3 bandwidth of maximum 360 MB/s net. This leaves enough room for the subsequent image evaluation until the next production cycle or the next object. Even higher image frequencies will be possible in the HR series with the high-performance interfaces 10GigE and CoaXPress.
The EXO cameras have an integrated 4-channel LED flash controller, which saves users the use of an additional device. Extensive sequencer functions, the milled housing with extraordinary sensor and adjustment quality as well as excellent temperature management ensure constant results over a wide temperature range.
In special tracer versions of the EXO cameras, low-cost MFT lenses (Micro-Four-Thirds) can be controlled via GenICam commands and allow the complete adjustment of focus, zoom and aperture to new tasks within milliseconds. All timings for sensor, illumination and lens come from a single source and are controlled via a single GenICam interface.
The compact footprint and image quality qualify these new EXO cameras for many applications with high resolutions, among others in the fields of apparatus engineering, traffic engineering, photogrammetry, surveying, aerial mapping, high-end security technology as well as solar, wafer and display inspection.

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10.12.2019 : Frasers

Advanced Motion & Controls Ltd. teams up with many major manufacturers to bring the best industrial equipment to Canadian businesses. One of these producers, Asyril, is renowned for its high-performance flexible feeding systems that work with parts and components measuring up to 40 millimetres (mm) in size.

With innovative technology, Asyril’s flexible feeding systems allow for very gentle feeding for all parts, regardless of the geometry.

15.02.2019 : Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

Tokyo (SCCIJ) – Asyril SA from the French part of Switzerland, a young and innovative Swiss robot maker, has entered the Japanese market within a year of its first appearance at the robot fair iREX held in November 2017. Hence, Asyril delivers another living proof that a small Swiss company can easily succeed in Japan. The secrets of its quick market penetration can be found in a number of matching Japanese distributors and the support of the Swiss-Japanese boutique business developer Euro-Far East led by long-time SCCIJ member Robert Champoud. Most recently, Asyril participated in two other fairs in Japan. As a next step, it is considering to set up a service center for its Japan customers.

08.11.2018 : Robotik und Produktion

Die Firma Radiall setzt bei der Montage von Steckverbindern für Lichtwellenleiter auf eine zukunftsfahige Kombination von Teilezuführung und Robotik. Durch den Einsatz moderne, Technik auf beiden Seiten - Leichtbauroboter und smarter Vibrationsforderer - ist eine flexible Produktionslosung entstanden, die alle Anforderungen des L WL-Montageprozesses erfüllt.

16.10.2018 : Handling

Der zweite Platz in der Kategorie Komponenten für Handhabung und Montage ging an Asyril. Das Unternehmen zeigt ein Zuführsystem mit patentierter Drei-Achsen-Vibrationstechnologie für eine flexible Kleinteilezuführung.