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Utilizing image processing and matrix of several belt conveyors, Visicon Singulator is designed to singulate items with appropriate gap between them and to align them for further sortation downstream. System can singulate up to 9,000 items/hr continuously without recirculation, minimizing required floor space. Software-based control system makes it possible to stipulate important singulation parameters such as gapping, orientation, and left or right take-away direction.
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Singulation in Minimum Space with the Visicon Singulator from Siemens
At the ProMat show in Chicago in January 2009, Siemens Mobility introduced its new Visicon Singulator. This conveying system can singulate up to 9,000 items per hour continuously without recirculation and thus takes up only a minimum amount of floor space. In this form, it is completely new on the market.
The system Visicon Singulator works with image processing and a special matrix of several belt conveyors in order to singulate items with an appropriate gap between them and to align them for further sortation further downstream. Visicon only needs a fraction of the floor space required by conventional, purely mechanical singulators. The main components are a camera system and a matrix-shaped arrangement of narrow belts that can be separately controlled. The camera system continually detects the actual position of the packages and parcels. Mathematical calculations are used to determine the number of belts needed, their respective speeds and time needed to bring each package into its desired individual position so that it can then be conveyed further along its intended route. The software-based control system makes it possible to flexibly stipulate important singulation parameters such as gapping, orientation and take-away direction (to the right or to the left). Packages can be aligned lengthwise or crosswise. The Visicon Singulator monitors and controls the conveying speed and the alignment of each item and can be individually adapted to different systems and applications. What is so remarkable about the system is the extremely gentle way in which it handles the items. Maintenance of the Visicon singulator is uncomplicated, for the belt conveyor elements are very easy to replace.
Additional functions such as address scanning or dimension capturing can also be implemented and, given that the modules are pretested and preassembled in the factory, local installation and commissioning times are reduced to a minimum.
The Visicon Singulator from Siemens is the ideal singulation solution for customers with only a small amount of available floor space.
The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted a profit of EUR3.86 billion with revenues totalling EUR38 billion. http://www.siemens.com/industry
The Mobility Division (Erlangen, Germany) is the internationally leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions. With its "Complete mobility" approach, the Division is focused on networking the various modes of transportation in order to ensure the efficient transport of people and goods. "Complete mobility" combines the company's competence in operations control systems for railways and traffic control systems for roadways together with solutions for airport logistics, postal automation, traction power supplies and rolling stock for mass transit, regional and mainline services, as well as forward-looking service concepts. http://www.siemens.com/mobility