Sick launches sensor app for vision cameras

Sick has launched ‘Presence Inspection’, a freely-downloadable, easy to set-up SensorApp for its Inspector P family of programmable 2D vision cameras. The addition is designed to extend the performance and versatility of Sick’s 2D offering for presence/absence quality inspection, validation and process control tasks.

The Sick Presence Inspection 1.0 SensorApp has been developed in the company’s AppSpace software environment to enable simple and economical pass/fail quality inspection tasks onboard the Inspector P smart camera family, as standard. Coupled with a choice of camera optics, Presence Inspection’s image processing capability can encompass wide fields of view and resolutions between 1 and 4 Mp.

Presence Inspection can be downloaded from the Sick AppPool, after which a simple, web-based GUI guides the user to configure a selection of tools for image analysis to suit the application.Easy user set-up and operation is therefore assured without the need for software skills or programming.

“The development of Presence Inspection is an important step that expands the image processing opportunities for 2D quality inspection on Sick’s smart cameras,” says Neil Sandhu the company’s UK product manager for imaging, measurement and ranging. “Automating 2D vision inspection has never been quicker or simpler, with a convenient user-guided set up and an accompanying tutorial video.

“Presence Inspection is easily integrated into new or existing machinery to master a variety of common 2D tasks,” he adds. “Applications examples include the validation of components in a final assembly, inspecting logos or graphics on packaging or labels, and component presence inspection in automotive testing.”

Investment in a Sick Inspector P smart camera with Presence Inspection is future-proof because users can upgrade to new software moving forwards, while developers and system integrators have the option to create custom software applications, without the need to change cameras.

Sick plans enhancements later this year that will extend the Presence Inspection app to encompass code reading, further pattern inspection capability, and results and communication outputs. A measurement capability will also be added.

The new SensorApp will come as standard with the Sick Inspector P 631, 632, 642, 652 and 654 models.