With the launch its next-generation microScan3 safety laser scanner, Sick is promising a new era of improved personal safety and productivity. The microScan3 is the first safety laser scanner to use Sick's patented scanning technology safeHDDM (High-Definition Distance Measurement), based on advanced time-of-flight measurement
SafeHHDM enables the microScan3 to operate reliably in difficult ambient light, dirty, dusty or other challenging conditions where alternative technologies can fail. The microScan3 is said to pack unprecedented performance into its compact size, with excellent resolution and detection of difficult-to-see materials with a wide range of 5.5m and 275 degrees.
The patented high-definition distance measurement algorithms used for the safeHDDM scanning technology use multi-signal evaluation to achieve a level of measurement reliability that Sick says has never before seen in safety scanners. Even a very dark object with just 1.8 per cent remission, such as black clothing, is detected reliably.
Dr Martin Kidman, Sick UK's safety specialist, says: "Sick has led the way in reliable safety laser scanners for more than 20 years. Developing the microScan3 was all about making it easy for users to optimise workflow efficiency and productivity without compromising the safety of personnel.
"Sick has revised and optimised every detail of its laser scanner technology to set a new benchmark for machinery safety. The microScan3 is a rugged, high-performing and unobtrusive laser scanner, ideal for multi-sided machinery and production line protection at access and loading/unloading points, hazard points, hazardous areas and other critical safety duties."
The microScan3 achieves up to 30mm object resolution, a protective field range of up to 5.5m and a warning field range of up to 40m. Up to eight fields can be programmed with two monitoring cases and there are three universal I/O connections that can be assigned various signals.
With a bright, multi-colour, clear-text display and additional status LEDs, the microScan3 provides on-the-spot operational status indication and easy-to-understand diagnostics information to enable adjustments or corrections to be made locally.
Sick's new Safety Designer software simplifies commissioning, and the Smart core memory retains configurations to enable rapid device changeovers to be made. The microScan3 has a lightweight, rugged metal housing with vibration-resistant brackets for easy installation and adjustment. M12, eight-pin connectors, a mini-USB interface and system plug with integrated configuration memory ensure simple, low-cost, smart connectivity.
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