SICK, Minneapolis, introduced the EventCam, an industrial-grade 2D camera that brings clarity when unexplained gripping, handling and positioning problems arise or when unreproducible installation errors or machine downtimes occur.

The EventCam is specifically designed for the detection and analysis of sporadic errors in industrial processes. It can be integrated into stationary and mobile applications, is network capable and delivers single frames and video sequences in ultra-high image quality for detailed error analyses.

The optics, illumination, electronics and ring memory are enclosed in a compact and rugged IP65 housing made from cast aluminum. The housing provides numerous mounting options that allow the camera to be installed in different positions, which can be changed quickly and flexibly. Configuring the camera is very simple—the resolution, output format and trigger signal can be set with just a few clicks in SICK’s browser-based SOPAS Air software.

Meanwhile, a connected automation system or sensor reports that an error has occurred in the process via the trigger input in the camera itself. The camera then begins storing single frames or video sequences.

At the lowest SVGA resolution, the EventCam can record up to 240 seconds before and up to 100 seconds after an event can be stored in the internal ring memory. If full HD is required, it can record 25 seconds before and up to 15 after, if in 30 frames per second (FPS). The video FPS can range from 13-65, depending on the resolution needed. In addition, EventCam can take photos of up to 15 FPS, taking 25 images before and 25 after in the highest resolution or 120 before and after in the lowest resolution.

The EventCam is available in a version with a 0.4-0.6 m working distance, primarily intended for stationary applications in machines, compact assembly or pick-and-place robots.

The camera, with a 0.8-6 m working distance, is designed for use in larger robots, handling gantries or machines, and works well in safety applications in conjunction with safety laser scanner to take images of an area surrounding a machine.