SICK has launched its fully-programmable TrispectorP1000 3D vision camera.
The idea is 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. This, said SICK, occurs 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.
Neil Sandhu SICK UK’s national product manager for imaging, measurement and ranging explained: “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.”