Bin picking system cuts parts, costs

By Control Engineering Staff May 25, 2006
With a range up to 2 m (6.56 ft), Pick2Light system from Sick is protected from reflections and ambient light..

Designed to simplify assembly and picking applications, Pick2Light bin control system was recently introduced by Sick , a global manufacturer of industrial sensors, safety systems, and automatic identification products. Said to be easy to integrate into assembly and picking operations, Pick2Light has a unique, external mounting feature that requires fewer parts and cuts costs.

Pick2Light system offers reliable hand detection and a 360-degree visible LED. This single-sided retro-reflective light grid reportedly cuts parts and labor costs by 50% due to its external t-slot frame mounting feature. Each bin only requires one light grid. External mounting configuration also reduces the potential for damage when workers remove parts or insert bins; moreover it doesn’t restrict bin size.

Additional features include a rugged metal housing that’s simple to install and adjust; and five sensor heights, ranging from 120 to 420 mm (4.7-16.5 in.), for maximum flexibility depending on bin contents.

—Edited by Frank J. Bartos, Control Engineering,
executive editor, fbartos@reedbusiness.com