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Cobot collaboration delivers entry-level vision-guidance from SICK


SICK has collaborated with Universal Robots to develop an entry-level vision-guided cobot system.

The SICK Inspector PIM60 URCap aims to be a simple yet powerful toolkit for creating a vision-guided robot task with minimum time and effort.

It is designed for pick and place, quality inspection and measurement in industrial automation applications, particularly in the packaging, food and beverage, and electronics industries.

By integrating SICK Inspector PIM60 2D vision sensors with Universal Robots’ UR3, UR5 or UR10 robots, SICK has developed an adaptable vision-guided cobot system that is quick and easy to program and configure without the need for a separate PC or specialist software expertise.

SICK (UK) vision specialist Neil Sandhu said: “With the Sick Inspector PIM60 URCap, it’s easy to add eyes to your robot application. This entry-level package allows engineers to set up the robot to be guided to pick randomly positioned objects, as well as to inspect or measure the objects prior to picking.

“Because it doesn’t need specialist programming expertise, it makes an ideal ‘starter’ vision-guided robotic solution for a production line, even on a small scale, and is sufficiently adaptable to equip a pilot process facility for production development work.

“The in-camera software guides you through the set-up and calibration process, based on SICK’s highly-regarded SOPAS software, so even if an engineer is new to 2D vision robot guidance, development of an effective solution is simple. Experienced users will relish the directness and simplicity of the set-up and parameter change procedures, as well as the handling capabilities of the range of Universal Robots that the SICK Inspector PIM60 URCap supports.”

The SICK Inspector URCap software has been developed to ensure easy integration between a UR3, UR5 or UR10 robot and the SICK Inspector PIM60 2D vision sensor. Standard configurations such as changing jobs and pick-points, calibration and alignment are done directly from the robot control pendant, making the everyday operations fast and straightforward.

More advanced operations such as inspection and dimension measurement of objects prior to picking, can be done through SOPAS – SICK’s standard device configuration tool. The SICK Inspector URCap is also ready to expand through extra data fields that can accommodate results from both detailed object inspections and measurements.