Compact laser scanner suited to detection and sorting applications
For anyone who hasn't come across SICK's LIDAR products, they are effectively optical radar systems, sending out light and measuring the time taken for any light that hits an object to come back. It can thus provide object detection information in a range of applications. Complementing the original product, SICK has now launched the far more compact TiM300 laser scanner.
Although the rugged, metal-housed sensor is only tennis-ball sized, the SICK TiM300 is based on the same time-of-flight infra-red scanning technology as SICK's highly regarded LMS series of long range laser scanners. The TiM300 also has easy-to-use Zonal programming functionality via a USB port or on-sensor buttons, for accurate determination of protected areas.
The TiM300 has a range of up to 4m (or 2m on targets with 10% reflectivity such as black objects) with a scanning angle of 270deg, and can be configured for indication, warning and stopping fields. Its 2D scanning capability enables it to both protect and guide unmanned vehicles and overhead rail conveyors, even on curves. It will also provide presence detection, monitor pallets and load integrity in tight spaces and even guard displays where a discreet or hidden sensor is desirable. Response time is 134ms, which ought to be easily good enough for most collision detection applications.
As part of its advanced specification, the TiM300 is highly energy efficient; at only 3W, it uses half the power of comparable scanner sensors. This makes it ideal for battery powered and remote mounting where power drain must be controlled.
Tim Stokes, Product Manager says: "With the launch of this innovative miniature scanner, customers will be able to operate it in restricted areas where the size and cost of alternatives is prohibitive. This will open up a wide range of applications that were previously unavailable."
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