Sick (UK), a sensor and sensing systems manufacturer, has launched the ColorRanger E, providing high-speed 3D scanning and colour imaging. ColorRanger E offers the functionality of a 3D camera with a line scan colour camera, to provide two modes of quality inspection within a single unit.
The camera can measure colour, shape, contrast, volume and height, to ensure product quality. It is ideal for use in applications including food processing, electronics, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and building material production.
The ColorRanger E provides high-resolution RGB colour, up to 3,072 pixels per channel. Using MultiScan technology the camera can deliver simultaneous 3D colour information at more than 11kHz. Multiple inspections can be performed in parallel, at full production speed, reducing the need for multiple cameras. This can save investment, maintenance and labour costs, as well as time, and makes it easier to combine data for analysis.
The ColorRanger E delivers high-quality 3D and multi-linear colour data, including RGB, near and IR and monochrome without IT content, on a Gigabit Ethernet communication interface which facilitates convenient remote PC access for quality monitoring.
Colour is ensured by well separated colour filters of high spectral response, on-chip white balancing, and spatially corrected colour channel output. To eliminate interference from the different light sources used for 3D and colour imaging, the ColorRanger E has a filter option for light source separation.