The Robotics Institute @ Guelph

Automated bin-picking and assembly of car parts

    This project is a collaborative project with Polycon (Magna Exterior division) which is a major automotive plant In Guelph that specializes in manufacturing polymer based body parts like fascia. One of Polycon's manufacturing processes, expanded polypropylene production (EPP), produces parts that are used in vehicle bumpers and other areas. Currently, workers handle these parts as they are produced by injection molding presses. This leads to several problems including repetitive strain injuries, errors in labeling parts, and the rising cost of manual labor. The objective of this project is to automate the EPP parts handling, labeling, and packaging process. The automation system will use advanced machine vision and grasp planning techniques integrated with suitable robot arms to perform these tasks.