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Partnering for flexible medical device assembly automation

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Companies collaborate to integrate Universal’s Neocortex intelligence and 3D Spatial Vision software platforms with Doerfer’s custom automation.

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Manufacturing Group February 13, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. - The Doerfer Companies announces a partnership with Universal Robotics of Nashville, Tennessee, to integrate Universal’s Neocortex intelligence and 3D Spatial Vision software platforms with Doerfer’s custom automation solutions for flexible piece part feeding to industrial automation assembly platforms. For the medical device industry, this technological breakthrough enables automated assembly platforms to receive raw materials without the need for traditional feeding hardware such as vibratory, centrifugal or tray feeders.

Universal Robotics supports this solution through its signature technology, Neocortex, which is a new form of artificial intelligence that uses sensor information to learn. It was co-developed over seven years by NASA and Vanderbilt University, and was funded by U.S. Department of Defense. Neocortex discovers patterns in chaotic environments that are relevant to an assigned task. From this, it provides operational insight or enables flexible machine control to perform tasks that are unsafe or difficult for humans.

Because Neocortex’s learning requires observation and interaction with the physical world, Universal created an accurate 3D vision guidance software product called Spatial Vision Robotics that provides Neocortex with information about its surroundings using off-the-shelf 3D sensors.

Source: Doerfer Companies 

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