SICK has launched the safeVisionary2, the world’s first compact 3D time-of-flight camera with safety certification performance level c, in accordance with ISO 13849.
The safeVisionary2 represents a new milestone in safety technology. It uses 3D time-of-flight technology to monitor a three-dimensional space, offering exciting new possibilities for certain applications, particularly for increasing the availability of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and other mobile robots, as well as improving the productivity and versatility of human-robot collaboration.
In Automated Mobile Robots (AMRs), by scanning in three dimensions, SICK’s safeVisionary2 offers enhanced protection where there is a risk of collision with objects or people that are higher than the field of a standard 2D safety laser scanner. In addition, perception to the sides of the AMR provides more protection to people when the vehicle is turning or rotating, for example after loading and unloading operations.
The safeVisionary2 also ensures greater levels of safety when using mobile service robots. As well as monitoring protective and warning fields in the robot’s travel path, the camera has a contour detection field that can reliably identify cliff hazards, such as stairs or ramps.
The safeVisionary2 enables more true collaboration between robots and workers with fewer stops and reduced safety distances in stationary applications. The camera can detect people’s upper bodies and, therefore, dangers such as reaching or leaning into hazardous areas. Protection of the robot work area at human head height is also extended, so robots can continue to operate safely with reduced force and speed.
In addition to its safety functions, the SICK safeVisionary2 can also output precise 3D measurement data for automation tasks.