Developed to support customers in becoming fully autonomous in addition to providing 3D localization and object recognition, the safeVisionary2 is a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) camera with Performance Level c (PL c) to increase productivity and reimagine 3D safety for mobile robots. It provides precise 3D measurement data that allows for autonomous and intelligent mobile robot navigation.
The 3D environment detection enables seamless protection of numerous applications requiring PL c. With a 2m safety range and up to four field switching cases, the safeVisionary2 takes productivity to a new level. Based on the same ToF platform used by SICK’s Visionary-T Mini, the safeVisionary2 is suitable for a wide range of applications, including industrial mobile robots, cobots, and mobile service robots.
Mobile robots, from AGVs to AMRs, use LiDAR technology to intelligently navigate around a facility. The avoidance of collisions and a fast restart increases the availability of mobile robots. With safeVisionary2, obstacles above the scanning field level of a safety laser scanner are also reliably detected in the direction of travel, allowing for the avoidance of collisions. The safeVisionary2 can automatically restart in many cases.
In addition, side protection safety is also increased during turning and pivoting maneuvers of the vehicle after loading and unloading processes. The 3D environmental information can also be used in mobile applications for precise localization and navigation of the vehicles, available via Gigabit Ethernet.
The safe 3D environment detection with safeVisionary2 reliably detects a person’s upper body and upper limbs. In many cases, safety distances can be reduced around the cobot. safeVisionary2 enables extended protection of the robot work area at human-head height. The standstill is only necessary when a person moves his/her head into the work area. In this application scenario, further use of the sensor data is particularly suitable, as the camera performs many tasks from detecting empty pallets to object localization and measurement. This combination of safety and automation reduces the implementation effort for additional components.
In addition to the evaluation of protection and warning fields for track protection, safeVisionary2 also enables cliff detection. The precise 3D measurement data offers real added value for contour-based navigation and other automation tasks.
safeVisionary2 can be configured easily, quickly, and cost-effectively via the intuitive SICK Safety Designer.