SICK has released the DCI 10, a camera sensor for identifying printing or detecting parts in industrial processes.
The camera, optics, illumination, and evaluation units are accommodated in a single 50mm x 50mm x 130mm housing. It has a two-dimensional image recorder (a CMOS chip with 320 x 320 active pixels), an integrated line, and high-speed signal processors. The device's decision on whether a reading is in order or not is based on a pixel sum comparison between the stored object pattern and the detected object.
A warning is transmitted to the machine control system if the detected pixel sum approaches the stored upper or lower tolerance values. An example of this would be when the positioning accuracy of labels is decreasing. The warning allows a user to correct the fault early.
The single housing allows a simple installation. The sensor's picture can be visualised with the help of an external operation and display module. Potential sources of interference such as gloss, reflections, and unfavourable backgrounds are immediately visible.