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SICK has extended its innovative family of 3D snapshot vision sensors with the launch of the SICK Visionary S stereo camera, enabling precise, high-speed capture of 3D colour images for integration into robot guidance and quality inspection applications.

The SICK Visionary S 3D snapshot camera combines stereoscopic vision with projected structured illumination to capture up to 30 high-resolution 3D images every second and output colour and depth values directly to a PLC or robot controller.

With a working range up to 2.5m, the IP67-rated SICK Visionary S is ideal for a variety of rugged industrial uses.  Its real-time, rapid streaming of high-resolution RGB and depth values makes light work of 3D recognition and dimensioning tasks for both moving and stationary objects.  So, it is an ideal partner for robotic bin picking, palletising and de-palletising applications, as well as for quality and completeness checking on high-speed consumer goods lines.

“The Visionary S addresses the need for an accurate 3D Snapshot camera that extends the options for machinebuilders and system integrators to engineer robot guidance solutions. Its rapid on-board image processing and 50 ms response times makes fast picking frequencies possible at an accessible price/ performance level.

“Add its powerful visualisation tools, Gigabit Ethernet interface, wide compatibility with communications protocols and common programming languages, and you have a versatile and intelligent partner for 3D vision integration. It’s easy to adjust the camera and filter settings and to configure with SICK’s SOPAS software engineering tool.”

Because it delivers high-resolution 512px x 640px depth and RGB image values in one snapshot, using the Visionary S means there is no need for an actuator and 3D information can also be output for stationary objects.  The Visionary S’s colour intensity perception together with depth values with an accuracy of up to 0.7mm also mean high-quality data can be provided for quality inspection purposes.

The Visionary S’s high-efficiency structured illumination delivers reliable depth data in ambient light conditions.  With a working range of between 0.5m to 2.5m and a  ~50°x 60° angle of view, the Visionary S is well-suited to a wide-range of industrial and intralogistics uses.

For more information about the SICK Visionary S please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email


SICK is a global leader in sensors and sensing systems for factory automation, logistics automation and process control. SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification in use by customers all over the world. Established for over 70 years, SICK products range from simple optical devices through to embedded intelligent systems, ready to meet the needs of Industry 4.0.

SICK sensors: At the heart of automation

SICK is one of the world’s leaders in sensors and sensing technologies for factory automation, logistics automation and process control.

SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification. The company also provides process instrumentation for gas and fluid flow and for chemical and pollutant detection.

From simple optical sensors and barcode readers to complex safety systems; from machine vision to emissions monitoring, SICK’s intelligent sensor solutions facilitate advanced automation and process control.

SICK products are designed with simplicity of installation and operation in mind. They help customers to achieve greater reliability and productivity, increased production flexibility and more efficient use of resources.

Founded in Germany more than 70 years ago, SICK employs more than 7,400 employees worldwide. The company invests heavily in research and development and is leading the way in smart sensor development to support Industry 4.0 objectives.

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