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Himax makes 3D vision-assisted cementing solution for shoe

Aug '19
Pic: GTS
Pic: GTS
Himax, a fabless semiconductor solution provider, and GTS have announced the release of the company’s 3D vision-assisted smart flexible cementing solution, a leading industrial automation production using 3D sensing technology. The 3D vision-assisted smart cementing solution is the first automation production line to be utilised in the shoe industry.

The solution is designed to help shoe manufacturers reduce costs through improved production efficiency while at the same time increasing the quality of the glue and reducing waste. Himax’s proprietary algorithms can quickly generate the cementing trajectories for various shoe types and the solution is being evaluated by an international footwear manufacturer. We look forward to working with more shoe manufacturers in the future using our latest technology. The 3D vision-assisted smart flexible cementing solution is being showcased at the ongoing 2019 International Industrial Automation exhibition, from August 21-24, 2019, in Taipei, according to Himax.

The key features of 3D vision-assisted smart flexible cementing solution includes visual geometry interpretation. With Himax’s device and 3D structured light technology, the infrared beam is used to emit the laser for object recognition, which can automatically generate the 3D geometry of the sole and quickly interpret the image.

With smart trajectory generation and path planning for robot arm, Himax’s exclusive algorithm can automatically generates the optimal cementing trajectories without manual operation and can conform to different shoe types in the shoe industry.

The solution can accurately calculate the thickness and the amount of glue needed, reducing the waste and inconsistency of manual glue. The uniformly thickness also help maintain consistent product quality when processing oven setting after cementing. As the current trend of the shoe industry is small but diverse, with 3D vision-assisted smart flexible cementing solution, it identifies each shoe type individually, forming a customised flow of production.

GTS is an innovative R&D company focusing on materials development, product design, process development, smart devices, manufacturing and business models developing. GTS is dedicated and committed to the green, environmentally-friendly and sustainable concept of the shoe industry supply chain.

“The partnership with a leading shoe maker allows us extend the structural light 3D sensing solution from facial recognition to factory automation, opening up new growth opportunities for Industry 4.0, creating a win-win situation for factory, foundry and traditional footwear manufacturers. The solution is built on multi-view 3D reconstruction algorithm running on an end device developed by Himax that can cater on the customised intelligent flexible cementing system. Himax looks forward to working with more globally renowned shoe factories in the future,” Jordan Wu, president and chief executive officer of Himax said.

“It is a great honour to collaborate with Himax and to see the most advanced 3D vision technology solve the technical difficulties of the technically irregular production of the footwear. The solution helps to not only reduce excessive amount of glue, but also optimise the time required in the oven, providing the best solution for environmental and sustainability trends in the coming years,” Yih-Ping Luh, chief executive officer of GTS said. (GK)

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