SICK UK has launched the advanced Inspector I20 2D vision sensor providing a step up in user flexibility and quality control performance and offering more detail precision at short/wide or long distance inspections.
The Inspector series is as powerful as a camera and as easy-to-use as a standard photoelectric sensor. Complete with a choice of integral lighting, powerful processing, Ethernet comms and rugged industrial IP67-protected metal housing, its competitive price enables the engineer to make a decision for quality inspection within existing budgets.
“The new Inspector I20 uses the original Inspector I10 model as the basis,” comments David Hannaby, SICK Vision Systems Product Manager. “The I20 now offers a choice of Inspector models to meet application needs, especially where higher precision over a greater inspection range is required. Precision where glossy or reflective surfaces cause problems is available with the unique dome light.
“The Inspector I20 allows the user greater on-site flexibility and precision with new features such as exchangeable lenses to suit different application requirements and add-on I/O functionality to meet control and information requirements from users, facilitating inspection of more and more complex product features.
“At the same time, both the I10 and I20 models are rugged, IP67 protected sensors, and are very easy to install and configure – a unique combination of features for a product at this price point.
The Inspector I20 Flex can be rapidly reconfigured to suit changing application needs. The user is able to exchange lenses to meet requirements for a wider field of view or for inspecting smaller objects at up to 1000mm, with corresponding variations in field of view between 350mm and 150mm. An excellent resolution is retained at high speed for accuracy and rapid image processing.
The Inspector I20 now offers users the opportunity to define output logic and extend its quality control performance with greater functionality. This ensures that the I20 will deliver inspection results in a format which is immediately usable, with data that can be incorporated directly into a customer’s control and reporting requirements.
In addition, the Inspector I20 offers extended I/O functionality, enabling selection of up to 16 reference objects for comparison with the object being inspected, and delivering up to 19 inspection results at once. It also facilitates switching between different products and part types.
The housing incorporates either a standard ring light, or a unique diffuse dome light for successful inspection of glossy, reflective or metallic surfaces.
Individual items do not require identical positioning for inspection, as the software evaluates edges, contours, contrasts, grey scale values or pixels relative to a defined location feature in the reference image. The I20 can be used with or without a part presence trigger. Image capture and evaluation of multiple references occur as soon as an object enters the field of vision, without a trigger signal and thus reducing non-capture errors.
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