Line camera system with GigE Vision
Waldkirch, April 2006 – The new ICR890 from SICK is a high-end reading system for bar codes, as well as PDF and Data Matrix codes. It solves tasks with highly demanding reading conditions or requirements. It can also be networked, for example, with further scanners or a Volume Measurement System – to create a complete ID system. With its real-time image data transfer via the two integrated GBit/s Ethernet interfaces, the ICR890 is particularly suitable for applications in which objects require flexible, reliable, and online identification in intralogistical processes, e.g. in the distribution centres of postal and package service providers, mail order houses, or wholesalers.
The reading field of the ICR890 covers conveyor belt widths of up to 1,000 mm, and transport speeds of up to 3 m/s. Depending on the application and installation, the depth of field lies between 600 mm (with a resolution of 250 dpi) and 1,600 mm (with a resolution of 170 dpi).
Top image quality and reading performance
The ICR890 is designed for maximum image quality under all operating conditions. The omnidirectional system offers particular advantages, especially with small bar codes that must be read at high speeds, with dirty or weakly contrasting codes, with bar codes whose module widths vary significantly, and for code identification under foil.
In addition, the ICR890 allows image capture for OCR and video coding applications. Image data transfer takes place in real time via the two integrated GBit/s Ethernet interfaces, whereby the new GigE Vision standard is used. Thus special image processing components, such as a frame-grabber, are no longer required for this.
High availability thanks to modular design
Integration and modularity determine the structure of the ICR890. The individual system groups (LED illumination, real-time focus control, and high-performance decoder) are integrated as modules in the entire system. They can be rapidly replaced if a fault occurs. The previously stored parameters are then simply backloaded to the new module from the ICR890’s SD card. Remote monitoring and diagnosis of the camera system is possible during operation with the help of the RDT400 software tool, further optimising system availability.
Suitable for complete ID systems
The ICR890 can be networked with other sensor systems via its CAN-Bus interface. Connection with other scanners (e.g. for page reading) or with the VMS Volume Measurement System permits configuration of complete ID systems. These then only require a single interface to the host system – an important advantage for many users.
The new ICR890 offers almost ”end-less” opportunities wherever high-end code reading is required.