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Vision Sensor combines inspection and positioning.

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February 7, 2013 - Available in white or IR ring light option, Inspector PI50 contains expanded toolbox for object location and positioning based on taught-in pattern, free-form, and line/polygon object shapes. Unit also provides tools for quality inspection such as blob, pattern, edge, and pixel counting inspection. With Inspector PI50, users can build their own operator's interface with sensor's web API, and operate sensor from any computer or operator panel with standard web browser.

SICK, Inc.

6900 W 110th St, Minneapolis, MN, 55438, USA

Original Press Release

Inspector PI50 Vision Sensor with Inspection + Positioning in One Device

Press release date: January 21, 2013

Ideal for OEMs and vision integrators who have high demands for flexibility and machine integration

Minneapolis, Minn., – SICK (www.sickusa.com), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, today announced the launch of the Inspector PI50 vision sensor for inspection and positioning. The vision sensor is ideal for OEMs and vision integrators who have high demands for flexibility and machine integration. With the Inspector PI50, users can easily build their own operator interfaces, as well as operate the vision sensor from any computer or operator panel that contains a standard web browser.

Applications include calibrated robot guidance, solar wafer alignment and damage detection, fiducial alignment in electronics, positioning control in commercial goods production and integrated quality control in packaging machines.

Thanks to its integrated web server, any user can simply operate the Inspector PI50 from a computer or operator’s panel that contains a standard web browser. Advanced users can completely build their own operator’s interface with the sensor’s powerful and flexible web API.

This API provides commands to design customized functions such as viewing of images for runtime supervision, configuration handling for product changeover, parameter modification for customized configuration handling and device and configuration handling for cloning and field exchange tasks.

The Inspector PI50 contains an expanded toolbox for object location and positioning based on a taught-in pattern, free-form and line/polygon object shapes. In addition to the positioning tools, it provides tools for quality inspection such as blob, pattern, edge and pixel counting inspection.

The Inspector PI50 supports extended results and control handling over EtherNet/IP and TCP/IP. This enables easy communication with dedicated PLCs, or simply a PC host using value-based results for machine control and customized trend design, image triggering, external teach and reference object selection for centralized device control and parameter modification for customized configuration handling.

The new calibration feature supports image translations to ensure that results are exactly aligned with the external machine environment. It also provides reliable images even in tight and tilted setups where the image could otherwise be distorted. This makes inspections more consistent as well as producing an easy-to-use mm output.

The PI50 is available in a white or IR ring light option. Both are designed with SICK’s easy “Flex” housing - providing a fast  method to exchange lenses, filters and dome accessory for different optical needs.

About SICK
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With nearly 450 patents, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the logistics, automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, and material handling markets. SICK was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.

www.sickusa.com  

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