Techno-Isel Robots Automate Creation of Mosaics at Substantial Reduction in Cost
Mosaic4u of Herzelia, Israel, produces mosaic murals from tens of thousands of little tiles glued face on to 300 by 300 mm (12 by 12 inches)transparent film sheets as a ready-to- install kit. Mosaic4u’s proprietarytechnology consists of a mosaic editor and an automated manufacturing process. The company originally assembled its mosaics using an off-the-shelf robot but discovered that it was much too slow. So Mosaic4u createdits own robot using Blueline motion components from Techno-Isel that fitsits needs perfectly.The custom robot operates at a speed of 2.4 meters per second yet costsabout $9,200. The new robot places 9000 3/8 tiles, enough to make a onesquare meter mosaic, in about 9 hours. Two Mosaic4u technicians got theBlueline robot working in this application in only one day. “Using a robot toassemble mosaics from the same glass tiles makes it possible for Mosaic4uto provide mosaics of equal quality as hand-made mosaics at a significantlylower price,” said Boaz Glass, Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic4u.
Designing the mosaic
The process of creating a mosaic begins when the customer sends a photograph or painting to Mosaic4u. Glass says that for best results thatoriginal image should be at least 1.5 square meters (16 square feet). Whenthe company receives the image from the customer, it uses special softwareto make several mosaic alternatives for the customer to choose from basedon the same original image. The mosaic is not intended to be identical to theoriginal image, but rather be inspired by it. Mosaic murals are an ancient artform and like any art should be judged for themselves. Mosaic4u’stechnicians then make changes as needed to the images until the customer iscompletely satisfied.Traditionally, mosaics are manually assembled by hand by skilled craftsmenin an extremely time-consuming and costly process which puts them out of reach of all but the very affluent. Mosaic4u has revolutionized the mosaicindustry by using robots to produce mosaics. Use of a robot to assemble themosaic makes it possible to offer the product at a substantially lower costthan a hand-made mosaic while also increasing the accuracy of tile