EWI Signs Agreement With Recognition Robotics
Companies Sign Development and Collaboration Agreement to Advance Welder Training System
COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — EWI has announced an agreement with Recognition Robotics, Inc. to collaborate on the development and commercialization of interactive welder training systems. The new technology takes training to the next level by monitoring torch positions and arc data while welding, providing in-helmet feedback to assist the welder to learn proper technique more quickly. It also enhances welder qualification and can make objective qualifications standards portable.
The EWI training system incorporates a proprietary single-camera optical tracking technology developed by Recognition Robotics to measure torch motions in 3D during welding. The system measures torch angles, travel speed, travel path, and weave patterns. Simultaneous welding parameter measurements are used to estimate arc length and to determine whether proper power source settings are being used for the intended procedure. The technology may be used in a variety of welding processes, positions, joint types, and on complex part geometries. This allows the trainee to develop an understanding of the arc and puddle appearance under conditions that are similar to production.
“In surveys of EWI members, the shortage of skilled welders consistently ranks as one of the most important manufacturing challenges facing many industry sectors. As experienced welders retire, the need for new welders is expected to continue to grow. Our customers are constantly looking for systems that are easy to use, reliable, and cost-effective and we feel we can provide them a viable option through this partnership,” said Henry Cialone, President and CEO of EWI.
Simon Melikian, CEO of Recognition Robotics, stated, “EWI’s knowledge of customer needs and the materials joining market gives my company access to a new customer base. Using the Recognition Robotics technology and EWI’s domain expertise, we are able to create a complete training solution for the welding industry.”
The agreement went into effect on July 10, 2009 and the companies are seeking commercialization partners interested in evaluating these training technologies.
About Recognition Robotics
Recognition Robotics, Inc. develops technologies that mimic the human visual process. The solutions stem from their discovery of how the visual cortex of the brain works. The result is a groundbreaking technology that can recognize objects very similar in capability to the human brain. For more information, visit recognitionrobotics.com.
EWI is a leading engineering and technology organization dedicated to materials joining and allied technologies. We provide applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to nearly 2,800 member company locations of global leaders in the aerospace, automotive, defense, energy and chemical, government, heavy manufacturing, and electronics industries. Visit ewi.org for more information.