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S300 Professional CMS: safety laser scanner with integrated navigation support
Waldkirch, April 2007 – Safety with integrated navigation support is the strength of the compact S300 Professional CMS safety laser scanner. It has been made possible by the continuous scanning of the surrounding contour and by locating reflector landmarks. As a result of this navigation-supporting development, the sensor provides small free-moving transport systems, in particular, with greater mobility. At the same time, SICK is meeting the demands of many vehicle producers who want to optimise their system’s value creation chain – with the safe, navigation-enabled compact scanner.

With its shaft encoder inputs, and path- and speed-dependent switching of protective and warning fields, the “normal” version of the S300 Professional safety laser scanner already offered important prerequisites for mobile use. Up to now, however, separate locating and navigation sensors were always necessary on the particular vehicle. With CMS (the integrated Contour Measurement and Safety function) a single device can now offer both safety and navigational support. CMS is based on the scanner’s expanded measurement data output. Whereby the control data for the vehicle is generated parallel to the safety-relevant information on the surroundings.

Always on the safe and correct path

Thus the S300 Professional CMS ensures that, for example, mobile transport systems, autonomous security vehicles or free-moving service robots for industrial use are not only kept on the safe path but also on the correct path. Within the framework of navigational support, the device can detect reflectors that are mounted in the area of operation as landmarks. The area contour is continuously scanned through 270°. For each distance value, the navigation computer also receives information on the detected reflector marks via the rapid RS-422 connection (at up to 500 kBaud) – thus achieving precise position determination. If necessary, the freely selectable measurement or evaluation area, and the range of filter options available, permit optimisation of the data quantity transferred.

Advantages in variety of operating scenarios

The S300 Professional CMS is the ideal solution for smaller free-moving transport vehicles due to its protective and warning field radii. Personal protection and measurement data output integrated in a single device – this cuts sensor and installation costs. Moreover, producers are not tied to an expensive complete solution package, i.e. they can make an independent selection of the individual components. In addition to stand-alone use on vehicles, the S300 Professional CMS is also particularly suitable in combination with other path guidance or navigation systems in order to permit, for example, partially autonomous drive operation at docking stations or loading portals. Depending on the task, joint use with the “big brother” S3000 Professional CMS is also possible – thanks to the compatible telegram protocol of the two scanners.

Those who speak of safety do not expect to receive proprietary island solutions from suppliers, but open and inclusive concepts with a high level of sensor, controller and application competence, taking time-related and global dimensions into account – namely the entire machine life cycle and internationalisation.

As the market leader in safety technology, SICK sustains the continuity of its integrated safety thinking and activities with SafetyPlus. Greater integration means keeping all safety-relevant aspects in sight – from the first planning steps and risk analysis to the engineering and project planning phases, and on to the commissioning, repair and modernisation of a machine. Greater integration also leads to economical and future-oriented results with a high level of investment security in the form of comprehensive sensor, controller and service solutions from a single source.

Safe system solutions from SICK mean SafetyPlus for the user.