Among the first integrators to successfully exploit the opportunities of SICK AppSpace has been AutoCoding Systems. Their new 4Sight Automatic Print Inspection System is a breakthrough innovation for label inspection and validation that operates on SICK’s Inspector P smart 2D vision camera.
AutoCoding’s 4Sight solution enables a direct, closed-loop communication of the printed message from standard inkjet, laser or thermal transfer printers and the smart camera. All processing is undertaken onboard the SICK camera where the 4Sight software resides, so no line-side PC is needed. With AutoCoding’s unique ability to self-optimise the inspection, error-proof validation of printed codes such as dates, batch and line numbers is assured.
SICK’s Quality Inspection is a freely downloadable, easy to set up, SensorApp for the Inspector P programmable vision camera. It supports simple and economical pass/fail quality inspection tasks. It can be downloaded with a convenient user-guided set up and an accompanying tutorial video and is easily integrated into new or existing machinery to master a wide variety of classic 2D presence inspection tasks.
The SICK LabelChecker, also running on the SICK Inspector P, provides an integral label quality control system without the need for an additional evaluation unit. Compact and stand-alone, it can be set up to recognise and switch between different label types, with custom settings for each type. Its capabilities encompass many standard types of 1D and 2D code, dot matrix printed and indented (peened) text, as well as Optical Character Recognition and Optical Character Verification in multiple regions and lines.
With the MQCS (Modular Quality Control System), SICK is offering a complete package, with pre-written software for its high-performance Ranger3 3D camera, together with a control cabinet and HMI. Originally developed for mould inspection chocolate bar production for leading European brands, SICK has expanded the concept into a universal and scalable 3D high-speed quality control system. Application modules support specific inspection tasks, such as code comparison, counting, label inspection, volume measurement or 3D object inspection.
Most recently launched is SICK’s Colour Inspection and Sorting SensorApp, a low-cost easy set up solution to a very common task in FMCG, food & beverage production. The SensorApp can be supplied as a package with the ultra-compact SICK Pico- or midiCam 2D streaming camera, a SICK Sensor Integration Machine, LED illumination and a photoelectric sensor. The system is used to check that goods, assemblies or packs on a conveyor are the right size or colour. It can count objects with different sizes and colours as well as validate the correct colour or colour gradations, e.g. of baked goods. Objects with anomalies can be sorted out or the integrity and completeness of secondary packaging can be detected.
Save Time and Cost
AppSpace promises huge flexibility for vision engineers and programmers because they can save a great deal of time and development costs. SICK has established a Developers Club to provide support, training and encourage knowledge-sharing among the community, with its own annual Developers Conference.
Meanwhile, SICK will continue to roll out its own SensorApps and make them available as “plug and play” solutions on SICK devices for end users, as well as launching ready-made hardware and software packages.
For the future of SensorApps, simply watch this space.