At just 8 centimeters tall, the newly unveiled SICK nanoScan3 is considered to be the smallest safety laser sensor for robots in the world. SICK is a leader in developing automation technology. The tiny SICK nanoScan3 makes it easier than ever to add a safety laser sensor to a robot that is being developed or one that is already in existence.
Safety laser sensors work on the principle of time-of-flight technology. The scanner calculates position based on the time it takes a laser beam to bounce off of an object and return. SICK has imbedded the very latest in laser scanning technology into the compact nanoScan3, giving it the capability to make quick and safe adjustments to a machine’s speed and direction.
Because the use of robotics is growing in so many industries the market for automation safety technology is also growing. Laser scanners are often selected as safety features because they are versatile and can be placed horizontally or vertically on a surface. The technology is being pushed by the demand for scanners with better detectors and wider surface ranges in the interest of workplace safety.
As the use of safety laser sensors has increased the demand for compact models has also increased. Smaller laser sensors are easier to integrate into products under development or add to existing products. Smaller sensors are lighter and more flexible and generally they are also less expensive. The challenge in the industry has been to increase sensor functionality while decreasing size.
The new SICK nanoScan3 measures 101 x 101 x 80 mm and is considered ultra-compact. It has a range of 3 meters and a scanning angle of 275 degrees. The sensor is completely programmable and stores the data of up to 100 events for review. Engineers say it provides maximum reliability and even works well under difficult conditions like dust, dirt, sparks and bright light.
In the growing market of workplace safety in automation, the SICK nanoScan3 safety laser scanner for robots is an innovation. Small in stature but big in functionality, it is making it easier than ever for a robot to determine when something is in the way and change course to avoid it. The SICK nanoScan3 isn’t just for robot technology. It can also be used in other small machines like carts, mobile platforms and automated guided vehicles.