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SICK has launched its fully-programmable TrispectorP1000 3D vision camera to enable reliable, continuous in-line product detection to be easily customised for robotic belt picking applications for the packaging industry.

The Trispector P1000 uses height-based profiling of products on moving packaging lines to ensure gentle and efficient robot picking whatever the shape or colour of the pack design, and even where there is minimal contrast or colour difference between the product and the belt background.

As a compact, stand-alone, programmable 3D camera, SICK TriSpector P1000 combines imaging, lighting and analysis in one device to facilitate on-board evaluation and processing of dimension, volume and true shape data in mm.

Part of the SICK AppSpace programming environment, the Trispector P1000’s 3D camera and software tools open up possibilities for machine designers and integrators to develop tailor-made packaging solutions that are easy to commission and operate.

Neil Sandhu SICK UK’s national product manager for imaging, measurement and ranging explains: “The SICK TriSpector P1000 vision camera helps to ensure gentler product handling and efficient continuous operation, because it accurately measures real height as well as true shape. This ability controls the Z axis more accurately, meaning that awkward shapes are not in danger of being broken or knocked over during picking.

“Using 3D vision with laser triangulation also enables reliable detection even where the product and background have the same colour and tone. There’s also no need to reteach the camera or change settings during label or batch changes; the TriSpector P1000 will continue to detect consistently and accurately.”

The SICK TriSpector P1000 is available either as a stand-alone unit for customised programming or supported by the SICK Belt Pick Toolkit App to provide a ready-made solution. Three models offer different fields of view to suit the application, and alignment of the camera with a robot arm is easy.

The rugged IP67 protective metal housing for the camera unit, with plastic or glass windows, ensures resistance to harsh industrial conditions, and the integrated Class 2 laser lighting reduces ambient lighting requirements. Connections include an Ethernet TCP/IP interface and a direct encoder connection.

With its industry 4.0 ready web-interface, configuration and parameter settings with the TriSpector P1000 are easy. These may be supported by SICK training where required, for example in developing customised 3D solutions using the SICK Algorithm API and HALCON for Inspect, Measure, Position and Read functions within the acclaimed SICK AppStudio development framework.

For more information on the SICK TriSpector P1000 vision camera, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.hornby@sick.co.uk.

SICK (UK) LTD

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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