SICK UK claims its ScanningRuler 3D camera solution can improve productivity in vision-guided robot picking applications. The company says that by combining 3D and 2D measurements, the system supports fast and accurate picking of random machined parts piled in stillages, bins and baskets without requiring movement of the camera unit or the container.

With a built-in laser light source, the imaging technology is resistant to ambient light changes. Featuring a fixed laser with a rotating mirror, the camera sweep-scans the volumetric area, producing a 3D measuring image of all parts with their x/y/z points in millimetres and an accurate 2D overlay which enables part identification against known profiles.