July 7, 2021

SICKRuler3000 400x275SICK has announced the first in a new generation of Ruler3000 3D streaming cameras, designed to offer systems integrators with a way to harness the speed and measurement precision of SICK’s high-definition 3D imaging technology. The Ruler3000 is a pre-calibrated device that combines SICK’s Ranger3 streaming camera with a Class 2 eye-safe laser, pre-selected optics and fixed geometries to enable simpler configuration and commissioning.

SICK said the Ruler3000 can dramatically cut time and complexity when integrating more demanding inspection, measurement, and robot guidance tasks across several industry applications.

“With today’s demands for higher throughputs, more accurate quality control and flexible, batch-oriented production, the pressure is mounting to deliver more speed and accuracy from 3D machine vision systems,” said Ryan Morris, machine vision product manager at SICK USA. “Because so much of the configuration and commissioning work is already done, you can rapidly shortcut to integrating a continuous stream of industry-standard data into higher level systems or robot controls. With accurate 3D, reflectance and scattered light measurements in one device, you can evaluate several aspects of the inspection simultaneously to achieve optimum control and measurement confidence.”

The Ruler3000 is powered by SICK’s highly sensitive CMOS sensor and Rapid On-Chip Calculation (ROCC), enabling the device to scan reliably at rapid production speeds. It processes up to 15.4 Gp/s to enable up to 7,000 full-frame 3D profiles per second. The Ruler3000 extracts the true 3D shape of an object, regardless of contrast or color, as well as simultaneously capturing greyscale and scattered light measurements, SICK said.

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The SICK Ruler3000 can be mounted above a conveyor for inspection purposes.

The high light sensitivity also enables accurate inspection of very dark or highly reflective materials, while its High Dynamic Range (HDR) function can capture components with widely differing remissions, such as tires or shiny metal assemblies, in a single scan. When mounted above a conveyor or on a robot arm, the Ruler3000 can be used for high-end inspection and precise localization duties. This enables the device to be used in industries such as electronics, automotive components, consumer goods, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical production.

The newly developed SICK GenIStream API facilitates integration for C# and C++users, and the device is cully compatible with industry standards such as GigEvision and GenICam, providing plug-and-play access to third-party software such as HALCON and LabVIEW, SICK said. Developers can also use SICK’s AppSpace software development platform that includes several image processing tools and application examples.

SICK said the Ruler3020 is the first product in the Ruler3000 product family, with the ability to deliver 3D profiles at up to 7kHz full format, or up to 46 kHz with a reduced region of interest. Measurements are output in millimeter values with a Z-resolution from 8-15µm and an X-resolution from 63 to 88µm, to ensure high definition on extremely dark or reflective surfaces, as well as to output precision data for accurate robot guidance. SICK said accurate measurement values are assured down to 8 µm in height.

The company said it plans to release more variants with different fields of view during the rest of 2021. For more details, visit the SICK website.