Pickit 3.0: our first GRIPPER, new processor, and software update.

Pickit 3.0 brings significant improvements both on the hardware and software sides:

  • The introduction of the Billet picker, a gripper especially made for picking randomly oriented metal billets from deep bins.
  • A new compact and performant processor.
  • A software update that improves application reliability while simplifying the configuration process for you.

Let's take a closer look.

Pickit's first gripper with integrated vision and software

Pickit's own EOAT – the Billet picker

The Billet picker (patent pending) is a gripper solution with a passive hinge that seamlessly integrates into the product. It has been specially designed for picking randomly oriented metal billets from deep bins. It can also be used for picking other axisymmetric parts like pipes, tubes, and shafts. With matured 3D vision and software, the implementation risks for bin picking revolve around the gripper design. We have integrated gripper, vision, and software to achieve unprecedented reliability. See product info.

CTO's insight:

New compact processor

The new Pickit processor is as performant as the previous one with a few major advantages:

  • 75% lighter
  • Less noise
  • Half as large, fits in a 1U rack mount, instead of 2U.
  • The power supply is a separate adapter, so the processor can be optionally mounted on an Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV).
The Pickit 3.0 processor

Software update

In every Pickit's new release we strive to improve your user experience. This one is no exception. Let's look at the major advances:

Perform a reachability check for your robot

Most robot integrations now have functions for performing reachability checks, so you can test if a pose, like a pick point, is reachable by the robot. Reachability checks should be performed when receiving an object from Pickit, and the robot program should not attempt to pick unreachable objects.

Supported integrations are ABB, Fanuc, Kuka, Universal Robots and Yaskawa.

CTO's insight:

Automate robot-camera calibration

Pickit 3.0 introduces the possibility to verify calibration results.

For applications where robustness is paramount, it might be relevant to perform calibration validation before every production run, or at regular time intervals. When validation results are not good enough, a recalibration is required.

To automate this process, you can now perform robot-camera calibration from the robot program, without any human intervention. The same goes for the newly introduced calibration validation.

Improved teaching

  • Teach 2D models from CAD and DXF.
  • Faster CAD loading time. If you frequently change the Pickit configuration during your application, this optimization can benefit your average cycle time.
  • Pick point priorities. We introduced the notion of prioritizing pick points so that your part is picked in the most preferred way first, but alternatives are automatically used if that is not possible.

Get the update

If you have an older Pickit version and would like to try 3.0, check out how you can upgrade your system.

Got questions?

Read 3.0 release notes in full detail or ask us anything on the Pickit's 3.0 release by filling the form below.

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