Industrial-grade 2D camera: No More Gripping and Placing Errors

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Industrial-grade 2D camera: No More Gripping and Placing Errors

SICK, a leading manufacturer of factory, logistics and process automation technology, wants to make spontaneous errors in the manufacturing process a thing of the past. Their new EventCam, an industrial-grade 2D camera, aims at bringing clarity when unexplained gripping, handling, and positioning problems arise or when unreproducible installation errors or machine downtimes occur.

It can be integrated with flexibility into stationary and mobile applications, is network capable, and delivers single frames and video sequences in ultra-high image quality for detailed error analyses.
The optics, illumination, electronics, and ring memory of the new EventCam are enclosed in a compact and rugged IP65 housing made from cast aluminum. The housing provides numerous mounting options that allow the camera to be installed in different positions, and these positions can be changed very quickly and flexibly, according to its maker. The resolution, output format, and trigger signal can be set with just a few clicks in SICK’s browser-based SOPAS Air software.
The EventCam has been specifically designed for fast and targeted error analysis. A connected automation system or sensor reports that an error has occurred in the process via the trigger input in the camera itself. The camera then begins storing single frames or video sequences.
In contrast to the time-consuming process of searching for an event in continuous video material, as provided for example by a GoPro or other streaming camera, the Industrial-grade 2D camera enables a targeted root-cause analysis to be performed in just a few seconds or minutes, according to SICK. It is not necessary, either, to first upload images and film sequences from the memory card; they can be accessed over the network in real-time at 100 Mbit/s via FTP and the Ethernet interface on the EventCam.
The EventCam not only enables a fast and detailed retracing of events in running machines and plants, but is also very useful when commissioning or optimizing them, according to its maker. The ability to quickly analyze errors in an unsupervised test run or a multi-hour/multi-day continuous test reduces the effort required to locate errors and therefore the time and costs associated with machine setup. The high mounting flexibility and simple configuration of the EventCam enables it to be used in a wide variety of machines, setup processes and tasks.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: SICK

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