Robotic golf cell highlights precision and vision capabilities

20 August 2015

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Robotic golf cell highlights precision and vision capabilitiesFANUC UK will be showcasing the capabilities of robots with intelligent vision at the PPMA Show, with a robotic golf cell that will give a masterclass in precision putting (

The golf cell will feature a FANUC LR Mate 200iD human arm-sized mini-robot, with both 2D and 3D iRVision technology. The LR Mate 200iD robot will pick and place a ball, and then putt the ball accurately achieving a hole-in-one each and every time.

Equipped with a Schunk tool changer and 3D iRVision sensors the robot will first select a vacuum gripper and then pick up a ball from the bin to drop on to the green. Having placed the ball on the green, the robot will change its end effector to a golf club.

Before taking a swing, the iRVision colour 2D camera detects the colour of ball to determine the direction of the putt – one colour ball is putted to the base of the windmill and another colour ball is projected through the windmill then into the FANUC lettering. Using the robot’s eyes, the ball is accurately struck – achieving a hole-in-one. The complete golf cell is under the control of a FANUC high performance R-30iB robot controller – the robot’s brain.

The LR Mate 200iD is described as the lightest mechanical unit in its class, and is easy to integrate into a machine cell either upright or mounted upside down on the machine frame. A high-rigidity arm and the most advanced servo technology enable smooth motion without vibration, even in high-speed operations. Special models are available to meet the demanding environmental requirements of food, wash-down, cleanroom and arc welding applications.

FANUC’s quirky golf cell will feature on stand K90 in the robot feature area and is one of five pick & place and palletising robots being showcased at FANUC stand C50 at PPMA. Go to for more information.

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