A technological leap forward thanks to safeHDDM™

14. March 2016

microScan3: providing a new platform for safety

With microScan3, SICK is embarking on a new era for safety. This new generation of safety laser scanners is based on the patented safe measurement principle safeHDDM™. What this has resulted in is outstanding reliability under challenging conditions and an extensive scanning range – all in a single highly compact housing. What is more, the microScan3 delivers the right features to meet requirements for straightforward, intuitive Operation.

 

 

More than 20 years of experience with safety laser scanners and their applications in industrial environments have gone into the development of the microScan3. The aim in creating this equipment was to combine safety – that is, safe detection of people in hazardous areas – with productivity. Thanks to safeHDDM™, the microScan3 offers outstanding reliability, even when ambient light or dust come into play, as the stop signal is only issued when there is actually a risk to people present.

 

safeHDDM™: More than just new technology

The microScan3 emits 80,000 individual pulses per scan – compared with conventional measuring processes, this ensures that several times the amount of data are available for evaluation. The microScan3 uses this multitude of individual pulses to calculate 700 safe measured values. New filters and intelligent algorithms ensure that safeHDDM™ is safe and that the microScan3 is able to detect even those objects that have just 1.8% remission, such as black clothing. At the same time, the new technology creates improved reliability when dust and ambient light is present in the environment. One of the key criteria when using safety laser scanners is the scanning range to size ratio – and thanks to safeHDDM™, the microScan3 is not only extremely compact, but is also able to monitor large areas measuring as much as 73 m2. Another significant advantage of using a state-of-the-art safety laser scanner is its suitability for corner mounting, allowing it to monitor two sides of a machine. While a scanning angle of 270° is theoretically enough to cover this, the microScan3 is the very first safety laser scanner to feature a scanning angle of 275°. Without these additional 5°, safety gaps can easily emerge if a laser scanner is mounted without precision – meaning that the microScan3 eliminates this problem altogether.

 

275° – ensuring uninterrupted safety even when the equipment is mounted in a corner. A 5° larger scanning angle prevents any safety gaps from arising, even if mounting has been carried out imprecisely.

275° – ensuring uninterrupted safety even when the equipment is mounted in a corner. A 5° larger scanning angle prevents any safety gaps from arising, even if mounting has been carried out imprecisely.

 

Do performance and safety have to mean complexity?

With state-of-the-art technology on board and significantly better performance, it would be easy to assume that this innovative solution goes hand in hand with more complex commissioning and operation. However, the microScan3 represents another platform – for safety in this case – that has enabled SICK to combine straightforward, intuitive operation with intelligent connectivity. This makes it the perfect answer to demands for better productivity, flexible production, and excellent system throughput. Even configuration is a quick process with the new Safety Designer software. And during operation, the status indicators, LEDs, and display remain easily visible from many different angles – even from a long distance away. Important diagnostics messages can be selected directly using pushbuttons during operation, and appear on the display. Safety made simple – with the microScan3.

 

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