IMAGE processing as a user-friendly and compact plug and play sensor is now a reality with the ICS 100 from SICK .
The camera, optics, illumination and evaluation are accommodated in a single housing measuring only 50 x 50 x 130mm, considerably simplifying installation, operation and maintenance.
The ICS 100 is suitable for numerous tasks in production and packaging plants. These include, among others, detecting presence, checking completeness, and checking shape.
The 2D sensor offers an economical alternative to PC-based image processing solutions, particularly in applications in which small parts or sections of larger objects require monitoring.
At the heart of the ICS 100 intelligent camera sensor is the 2D image recorder (a CMOS chip) with 320 x 320 active pixels, the integrated line and high-speed signal processors, and the user-friendly software with rapid adaptability to many applications.
Green-light LED illumination is also integrated in the compact housing. It ensures homogeneous illumination within the monitoring window. Object teach-in takes place via scan input within a simple teach-in menu supported by the VSC 100 programming and display module.
The taught-in patterns and search windows of up to 16 objects can be laid down in the ICS 100. Observation of the live image on the VSC100 programming and display module has proved particularly helpful and work-friendly.
Most interference, such as gloss, reflections and awkward backgrounds, can immediately be handled through suppression.
After successful parameter-setting, values are permanently stored in the EEPROM. The VSC100 can be removed again when the teach-in process has been completed.
During operation the sensor takes targeted pictures, freely or externally triggered, in which up to 4 (of a maximum of 16) taught-in objects can be searched for simultaneously.
The ICS 100 evaluates the binary images generated from the grey-value pictures, and sets the outputs according to the results.
The necessary device parameters, such as the required accuracy (switching threshold), picture resolution, strength of illumination or the evaluation process to be used, are automatically determined or can be set by the user.
The camera takes a picture if the object to be checked is present in the monitoring window, compares it with a taught-in product pattern, and evaluates it according to the permissible tolerances.
If the optical check results in an "OK", a corresponding switching signal is provided to the machine control system - just like that of a photoelectric switch.