Vision Solutions

Vision solutions give machines the ability to ‘see’ and take actions to execute Quality Control Inspections, Part Localization in Robotic Systems, Intelligent Decision Making, Barcode Reading, and various other Automation Tasks with the use of digital cameras and image processing. The technology is used in a wide range of industries and applications to automate the production process.

Our Vision Division takes a consultative approach to leverage your in-depth knowledge of your application with our Automation & Machine Vision expertise. With our ability to test various Industrial Cameras and Lighting Techniques in our Vision Lab, and experience implementing proven vision solutions in a wide range of industrial applications, we deliver Value Engineered Vision Solutions tailored specifically to your machine vision applications.

Advantages of SICK Over the Competition

SICK’s approach to developing extremely robust & high performing Industrial Vision Solutions is to make them as intuitive to implement as an industrial sensor. By taking this approach, one does not need to be a Vision Expert, nor break the bank to reap the benefits of Machine Vision in their Automation Process.

SICK Solution: Other Solution:
  • Excellent Performance Value to Meet Application Requirements.
  • Intuitive Drag & Drop Configuration Via Free SOPAS / AppSpace Interfaces.
  • Built-In Tooling Right Out of the Box for Quick Setup.
  • Local Responsive Support Reduces Wait Time. 
  • Easily Accessible Configuration Back-Ups and Rapid Redeployment. 
  • Higher Buy-in Costs Hardware and Software Licensing 
  • Laborious Programming Spreadsheet Interface.
  • Requires Advanced Vision Experience to Implement Basic Tasks.
  • Needs High Level Engineering Support.
  • Difficult Platform for most Maintenance Teams to Upkeep.    

2D Quality & Presence Inspection

The SensorApps Quality Inspection & Presence Inspection ensures that produced items have the exact qualities required regarding presence and measurements of details. Inspection SensorApps come pre-installed on our InspectorP Series Cameras where both Image Capturing and Processing are executed in a smart compact camera. Separate image processing units are not required.

Inspection Application Examples:

  • Bottle/Vial Capping
  • Blister Packaging
  • Glass Manufacturing
  • Plastic Mold Injection
  • Part Measuring, Counting, Defect Detection
  • Fill Level Verification
  • Inline Quality Control
  • Specific Feature Detection

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3D Conveyor Belt Picking

The 3D Belt Pick SensorApp from SICK is specialized for locating products on a conveyor belt. With this software installed, the TriSpectorP1000 programmable 3D camera turns into a stand-alone, belt-picking sensor. Working with 3D vision in your robot guidance projects increases both the reliability of your picking process and the quality of the handled products. Easy to integrate with selectable interfaces for ABB PickMaster™, Stäubli, URCap, and more to come.

Application Examples:

  • Robot belt picking in secondary packaging: 3D localization of food, pharma and cosmetics products on packaging line conveyor belts
  • Robot belt picking in primary packaging: 3D localization of fish, meat and poultry products on production line conveyor belts

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2D Robot Guidance

The PLOC2D is a vision system for 2D parts localization with a powerful localization algorithm. Pre-installed on our InspectorP Series Cameras where both Image Capturing and Processing are executed in a smart compact camera. Once connected directly to the robot control, or PLC, PLOC2D is ready to use immediately out of the box. Easy and intuitive drag & drop tooling allows even inexperienced users to quickly relay precise 2D positional data to their Robotic System.

  • Robot picking of parts from conveyors.
  • Robot picking from any feeders.
  • Robot packing.
  • Robot machine maintenance.
  • Robot picking of kitted parts.

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Label Inspection, OCR, & Code Reading

Label Checker is a multifunctional and easy-to-set compact quality control system designed for various label inspections, with primary focus on optical character recognition. Thanks to the advanced tools, it is not limited to reading and verifying printed texts, barcodes and 2D codes, but it also checks the correct label position, presence of pictograms, and print quality. Label Checker SensorApps come pre-installed on our InspectorP Series Cameras where both Image Capturing and Processing are executed in a smart compact camera. Separate image processing units are not required.

Application Examples:

  • Unique OCR on Pharma Medications
  • Label Position Inspection
  • Easy Teach-In of Custom Fonts
  • Semiconductor Wafer Notch Recognition
  • DPM Reading in Electronics & Solar Industry
  • Post-Printing in Food & Beverage

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Image-Based Code Readers

The Lector Series is a flexible image-based code reader product family. With its high image resolution, compact housing, and exchangeable optical design it is well equipped for a variety of needs. It can easily be used for small codes, in high production speeds or for long-range identification. This platform is easy to handle: quick optical exchange, intuitive user interface, aiming laser, LED feedback and MicroSD card – simplifying setup, operation and maintenance.

Application Examples:

  • Barcode Reading at Pick Stations
  • Traceability of Pharma Packaging
  • 1D, 2D, DPM, OCR, Code Reading
  • Multiple Code Reading on PCB Panels
  • Shipment Tracking & Sorting
  • Miniature DPM Code Reading
  • Tote Identification & Tracking
  • High Speed Conveyor Code Reading

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Line Scan Inspection & Counting

The TriSpector1000 is a stand-alone configurable sensor for cost-efficient 3D inspections. No matter what the shape, color or orientation of the product, the sensor is up to the challenge. Now content, completeness and emptiness can be verified in all dimensions. It is perfectly suited for solving quality control applications in the consumer goods and packaging industry. Thanks to its intuitive user interface, the TriSpector1000 ensures easy commissioning and operation.

Application Examples:

  • Carton/Tray/Container/Mold Fill Level Detection.
  • Product Counts and Content Verification.
  • 3D Quality Control Measurements.
  • Empty Tote Detection.
  • Capping Quality Check.
  • Volume Measurements.

Learn More – 3D Machine Vision Trispector 1000

Advanced Illumination

All Machine Vision Systems are made of two parts, the camera to capture an image, and a lighting source to create contrast between object features to be detected for inspection. For complex applications, specialty light is sometimes required to obtain the necessary image contrast. Advanced Illumination’s wide array of off-the-shelf & custom industrial lighting technologies ensures we can deliver a complete high performance Vision System even in the most challenging of settings.

Offered Lighting Technologies Include:

  • Backlights *
  • Bar Lights *
  • Coaxial Lights
  • Spot Lights
  • Diffused Lights
  • Ring Lights
  • Line Lights
  • Wide Color Spectrum Lighting

* IP69K Wash-Down Available

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Beijer Electronics
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EMTorq
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eWON
Exlar
Grove Gear
InduSoft
KB Electronics, Inc.
KTR
Larco
Leeson
Marathon Electric
MB Kit Systems Inc.
Mencom Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsuboshi
MK North America, Inc.
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Nanotec
Nook
Opto Engineering
Pfannenberg
Rollon
Roxtec
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Sola HD
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