Programmable sensor connection and data processing hubs

06 January 2020

SICK has extended its Sensor Integration Machine (SIM) family with the launch of two one-box processing hubs that fuse decentralised, multi-sensor co-operation with field-to-cloud connectivity.

The SICK SIM1000 and SIM2000 Sensor Integration Machines are programmable sensor connection and data processing hubs that are said to open up new possibilities to develop custom applications in SICK’s AppSpace ecosystem. With up to four Ethernet ports, they support interfaces for cameras, lighting, LiDAR scanners, encoders, photoelectric and displacement sensors, as well as to higher level controls and to the cloud.  

The new SIM additions are able to collect and evaluate data from multiple sensors working together at the field-level via standard interfaces including Ethernet for cameras and LiDAR sensors, and as well as IO-Link, CAN and Serial. The multi-sensor outputs, values and results can be used to drive typical industrial automation applications such as camera-based inspection, measurement, or identification of objects.  

Collected data can be processed and displayed for quality control, process analysis, material management or condition monitoring purposes for example, while the information is monitored, archived and distributed for diagnostic purposes via cloud-based services.

The programmable SICK Interface and Algorithm API facilitates full image and sensor processing with a range of model options to cover all industrial sensor, LiDAR and vision applications, as well as a configurable firewall for security in data capture. The SIM2000 processing core also facilitates interfacing with a HALCON image library for advanced sensor data and image processing. 

The SICK SIM1000 and SIM2000 do not require fan-cooling and are housed in enclosures rated to IP20 or IP65, depending on model, so are compatible with a range of industrial conditions, including dirty, dusty and humid environments. The units can be either mounted onto a machine or in a separate cabinet.

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