Vision can play a key role in food and beverage applications. The SBSI series low cost vision sensors, for example, read 1D and 2D codes, and handle quality inspection tasks. These code readers can identify, track and trace products for production flow, logistics, and serialization. The SBSI-B can also read Direct Part Marking (DPM) codes, including both laser etched and dot-peened codes, and can check for the quality of a DPM code.
The SBSI-B reads up to 10 codes per image. SBSI-B readers are suitable for automated systems in the food and beverage, automotive, and electronics industries. Medical and laboratory equipment manufacturers can also use them for sample/vial barcode identification.
In quality inspection applications, this sensor can check for completeness and object or presence to ensure all relevant parts are mounted and accounted for. For example, the sensor can determine whether a blister pack of tablets is complete or a package label printed correctly. Position checking can verify if caps are correctly mounted or screws and holes are in the right position. Fill level control can ascertain that the correct amount of liquid, powder, or pills are in a bottle. The SBSI-Q can compare an object’s contour with taught-in reference contour, and can compare patterns and evaluate pixels within the search area by calculating contrast, brightness, or variations in gray scale.
SBSI series optics have a range of reading areas and working distances. Code reading models have enhanced depth of field to increase the area of focus. Built in lighting comes in white, red, or infrared. There are also options for additional lighting, including ring lights and area lights. All additional lights are plug and play. The SBSI housing is small and rugged with an IP67 rating.
All key functions, including processing, lighting, and optics, are integrated. There are status and I/O indications. Working distance is adjustable. SBSI sensors have two inputs and four outputs with two PNP/NPN switchable I/O. Communication options include Industrial Ethernet – EtherNet/IP, TCP/IP, FTP, SMB – digital I/O, and RS232/422 (code reader model only). SBSI software is intuitive to use with set-up only requiring three to four steps.