July 26, 2021
By Keith Shaw
During an interview with Ronnie Vuine, CEO of Micropsi Industries, about their upgraded MIRAI software, he mentioned a use case for the software and its robots – “fridge sniffing”. After I wanted to learn more, the company provided us with a video that explains the process (see below), and how its software can help automate the task for manufacturers.
Fridge sniffing is automated leak testing, or the use of robot-assisted leak detectors, in refrigerator coolant lines or other demanding industrial processes in production and quality control. Because each refrigerator is unique, industrial robots need to deal with variances in the position, color, and shape of the solder points to detect leaks.
Micropsi was able to train a robot through this complex task through human demonstration with its MIRAI software, programming it in a few hours and without any programming or AI skills needed. In addition to having an automated process with high quality and absolute process reliability, leaks of less than one millionth of a gram of gas can be detected. Operating costs are reduced and maintenance and troubleshooting time is reduced through this process.
This was just one example of how the company’s software is aiming to help industrial robot companies and manufacturers get more value out of their hardware and solve problems that were once thought of as unsolvable. More details on the software can be found at the Micropsi Industries website here.