3D camera simplifies bin picking

GigE PoE compatible.

March 30, 2015   by PLANT Staff

90IDSEnsenso_3DcameraImaging Development Systems’ Ensenso stereo 3D camera handles complex vision tasks, including challenging bin picking and on-the-fly volume measurements.

It’s easy to integrate and eliminates complicated setups. Currently available with a standard USB connection, the manufacturer of digital industrial cameras based in Obersulm, Germany says it will soon be available with a GigE PoE connection.

The camera integrates two global shutter CMOS sensors in a compact housing and an infrared pattern projector. A random pattern of dots is projected onto the object, highlighting hard-to-see structures.

The object is then captured by the two image sensors. 3D coordinates are calculated for each pixel using geometric relations.
The camera, measuring 150 x 45 x 45 mm, handles working distances from 130 to 2,000 mm. Focal lengths of 3.6 to 16 mm cover a range of distances and sizes.

Its software calculates mounting position, and 3D data is represented in the robot’s coordination system. The 3D point clouds are analyzed by standard machine vision programs, including the HALCON interface, which is included in the software package, alongside an API for C, C++ and C#.

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