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SIM4000, picoCam and midiCam

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The SIM4000 Sensor Integration Machine from SICK is a high-performance multi-camera and sensor processor that provides a one-box solution for multi-technology sensor integration which extends far beyond vision applications. As part of the SICK AppSpace eco-system, it not only opens new doors for customized application solutions, but also enables advanced object transformation for quality control, process analysis, and predictive maintenance for vertical integration in Industry 4.0.

When it comes to sophisticated image processing algorithms – involving the fusion of 2D or 3D sources to form a scatter plot, for example – a powerful, hardware-accelerated multi-core processor ensures image pre-processing and I/O handling in real time. The integrated HALCON image processing library and the open SICK AppSpace software platform make it possible to flexibly develop customer-specific solutions for ambitious 2D and 3D vision applications.

SIM4000 – flexible, intelligent, communicative

The programmable SIM4000 Sensor Integration Machine offers system integrators and OEMs the freedom and opportunity to develop applications to fit the customer’s specific requirements. Alongside the conventional, relevant image processing tasks, data from SICK sensors and cameras can be merged into a point cloud, evaluated, archived, and transmitted. 8-gigabit Ethernet interfaces are available for 2D or 3D cameras, and in some cases feature a voltage supply over Ethernet (PoE). Additional SICK sensors can be integrated via IO-Link to include distance and height measurement, for example. Thanks to a fast multi-encoder interface, it is also possible to synchronize data via all of the connections. In addition, SIM4000 can be integrated into a SICK CAN sensor network. The HMI and data visualization features can be provided on any browser-enabled notebook, PC, or tablet. 

SIM4000 can be used in all areas of factory and logistics automation for multi-sensor or camera-based inspection, for the measurement and identification of objects and devices, as well as for data acquisition and archiving for quality control, process analysis, and predictive maintenance. Thanks to the high-performance multi-core processor featuring hardware support, SIM4000 enables image preprocessing and handling of input and output signals in real time.

SICK have also released its new picoCam and midiCam streaming cameras, which enable continuous data recording, external image processing on a PC, a wide array of image generation options, and 2D image data output. Perfectly tailored image processing solutions are created in conjunction with the SIM4000 Sensor Integration Machine.

As single or multi-camera applications for automated image processing applications, picoCam and midiCam can be implemented in combination with SIM4000 in industries such as automotive and robotics, logistics, electronics, solar, and the food and beverages sector for quality inspection, traceability, and object detection, in combination with third-party image processing systems for automated image processing applications.

picoCam – ultra-compact, industrial digital cameras with GigE interface

The picoCam streaming camera family is ideally suited to applications where space is restricted. So that it can be used in industrial environments, the picoCam has a screw-fit RJ45 GigE interface – the standard for industrial image processing – as well as industry-grade plug connectors for the voltage supply and trigger signals. As an alternative, it is also possible to operate it with just one cable measuring up to 100 m in length using Power over Ethernet (PoE). The picoCam is available with 1, 2, or 4 megapixel resolution and in color, monochrome, or NIR (optional) variants. CMOS image sensors use global shutter technology and enable multiple image sections (AOI). Image recording and transmission are decoupled in the internal 60 MB memory bank and multi-camera applications are therefore supported.

midiCam – rugged, industry-grade digital cameras with GigE interface

With IP 67 enclosure rating, the midiCam streaming camera family is ideally suited for usage in harsh industrial environments. This is why the midiCam has an M12 GigE interface – the standard for industrial image processing – as well as industry-grade M12 connections for the voltage supply and trigger signals. As an alternative, it is also possible to operate it with just one cable measuring up to 100 m in length using Power over Ethernet (PoE). The midiCam is available with 1 or 2 megapixel resolution and in color, monochrome, or NIR (optional) variants. CMOS image sensors use global shutter technology and enable multiple image sections (AOI). Image recording and transmission are decoupled in the internal 60 MB memory bank and multi-camera applications are therefore supported.

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