SICK Track & Trace System — VML dimensioning with perspective

SICK Pty Ltd
Tuesday, 10 August, 2021


Reliable object detection is essential whenever automated systems are used for object transport. In the courier, express, parcel and postal (CEP) markets in particular, the daily challenge is to deliver punctually and completely. The prerequisite for this is optimum utilization of warehouse and transport capacities.

The VML track and trace system for volume measurement is ideal for these applications: light grids detect the length, width, height and rotation angle of an object. The obtained profiles are used for immediate calculation of the object dimensions and position determination. The surface properties do not affect performance because the VML reliably measures even semi-transparent and film-wrapped objects and determines the smallest enveloping box. This leads to increased efficiency in the downstream packaging and stock placement process and simplifies invoicing for certified systems. The determined rotation angle allows dynamic handling by downstream robot systems. The modular design of the VML system makes it compatible with other SICK solutions and allows it to be easily adapted to individual tasks.

Powerful system for all applications

  • Reliable object measurement by light grid technology independently of the surface properties
  • Easy on-site installation thanks to predefined light grid sizes and adaptable standard steel frame
  • Low-maintenance operation because system does not contain any moving parts
  • Easy system expansion and integration thanks to MSC800 modular system controller

System integration in the SICK product range

Identification solutions from SICK feature uniform electric and data connectivity, a standard user interface, and a uniform accessory concept. The devices are also compatible and interchangeable with one another. This compatibility allows flexible selection of technology to ensure that future needs are also met.

The VML track and trace system measures objects completely independently of their surface properties and is therefore suitable for a wide range of applications in the area of object dimensioning and position determination. It meets specific requirements for industrial use, e.g. with respect to ambient light immunity and protection classes, and is also available with different connection and protocol variants. The VML system enables efficient packaging, storage and transport of objects across industries.

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