During the manufacturing of battery modules for electric vehicles, several prismatic battery cells are welded together. To do this, the cells must be positioned correctly. In addition, the cathode and anode tabs must be connected in the right sequence to prevent a short circuit. To ensure quality and traceability, each cell and module are uniquely identified. The unconnected cells are arranged on a pallet and sent to the robot, which positions them precisely and feeds them into the welding machine.
Before welding, three parameters must be recorded: the battery type (using the Data Matrix code), the alignment of the battery cell based on the polarity symbol, and the x and y positions of the welding tabs. Since the codes are needle-punched onto the surface of the cells, the sensor needs to have a highly discerning reading capacity. Codes and polarity symbols must be reliably detected and assigned. The x/y coordinates of the welding tabs must be precisely recorded and synchronized with the robot coordinate system. The detection should be performed quickly, but the data should also be fully documented.
With the VOS 2-D universal vision sensor, all tasks can be completed using a single device. In the C-mount version VOS5000, the device can be equipped with a matching lens and combined with external bar lighting. This illuminates the sensing range evenly and an intelligent flash control is integrated. The sensor allows great flexibility during mechanical installation and when connecting data communication.
VOS sensors perform tasks that would otherwise require complex vision systems. Their use reduces both investment costs and integration costs. The same device can be used for different tasks in various applications. This simplifies inventory management and staff training. The system includes a large tool set, in which the solutions for many typical vision tasks are already stored. These tasks include identification, positioning and guidance, detection and alignment, optical measurement, and text recognition (OCR). There are no additional license costs
Get more information about the VOS 2-D universal vision sensors which combine license-free software and modular hardware.