SICK MicroScan 3

SICK MicroScan3

Industry Leading Safety Laser Scanner

Upgrading and improving your plant’s safety equipment is no small task. While maintaining a healthy bottom line is important, the cost and consequences attached to preventable incidents cannot be ignored.

Manufacturers allocate a tremendous amount of time, energy, and resources toward workplace safety each year. Although there are a range of solutions available, they are often limited, faced with flaws, or cost prohibitive.

The MicroScan3 from SICK is a safety laser scanner that works to remove human error from the safety process, working with existing safety training and procedures to protect your employees from injury and death on the job.

SICK Microscan3

What is the MicroScan3?

The SICK MicroScan3 is an innovative safety laser scanner designed for use in manufacturing applications. Built with SICK safeHDDM™ scanning technology, the MicroScan3 outperforms other safety laser scanners.

The scanner features a 275° scanning angle and an industry-leading 9-meter protective range. With a sleek and compact size that is roughly the size of a Yeti rambler mug (112mm x 163.1mm x 111mm) and a durable aluminum construction, the MicroScan3 can be installed where other safety devices cannot.

The MicroScan3 utilizes non-proprietary connection ports to reduce the cost of cabling and installation and features the easy-to-use SICK Safety Designer programming software. A single scanning unit can be configured to monitor four protective fields simultaneously and store up to eight different configurations.

Who is the MicroScan3 for?

Safety is a high priority for any manufacturing environment that produces large items, which naturally makes this class of manufacturer a perfect candidate for the MicroScan3. Safety-related shutdowns force plants to shut down and the cost of lost productivity can be devastating, large-item producers. A brief one-hour shutdown can lead to tens of thousands in lost revenue. The SICK MicroScan3 is essential to maintaining safety standards and avoiding machine-related incidents.

In a perfect world, there would be no need for workers to be near plant machinery at any time. But product changeovers are a reality, and human error can lead to high-stakes consequences.

At Sensors Group, we have extensive experience in supplying our manufacturing clients with increased safety with the MicroScan3. The primary manufacturing environments that benefit from the MicroScan3 include:

  • Automated Guided Vehicles
  • Automotive
  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Cabinetry
  • Food & Beverage
  • Forestry Machinery
  • Mining
  • Robotics
  • Packaging Machines
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Plastics
  • Window Manufacturing

Challenges that the MicroScan3 Solves

Without a robust plant safety system in place, a manufacturer is vulnerable to dangerous workplace incidents and the costly shutdown repercussions that safety incidents render. The MicroScan3 can or improve the efficiency and coverage of existing light curtains or safety mats and replace vulnerable safety systems like lockout tagout.

The innovative technology that powers the SICK MicroScan3 allows it to perform in situations and applications where other safety technology falls short. The safeHDDM ™ scanning technology provides precision accuracy, increased safety, while avoiding costly downtime and wasted materials.

Some of the costly challenges that the MicroScan3 eliminates include:

False Trips

Many safety area scanners have a history of false trips and nuisance trips. When a scanner is monitoring an area or machine that creates a lot of dust and debris, other safety laser scanners misinterpret the debris for a human and shut the machine down.
The cause of these false trips is often a low scanning resolution. Traditional safety laser scanners only perform 500 pulses per revolution, which makes it difficult for the scanner to distinguish the difference between debris and a person—triggering a shutdown and lost productivity.

The MicroScan3 performs 80,000 pulses per revolution, gathering more accurate data and removing the risk of false trips. By easily identifying the difference between harmless debris or dust and a human, the MicroScan3 only triggers a stoppage when the security threat is valid.

Environmental Challenges

Many safety area scanners have a history of false trips and nuisance trips. When a scanner is monitoring an area or machine that creates a lot of dust and debris, other safety laser scanners misinterpret the debris for a human and shut the machine down.
The cause of these false trips is often a low scanning resolution. Traditional safety laser scanners only perform 500 pulses per revolution, which makes it difficult for the scanner to distinguish the difference between debris and a person—triggering a shutdown and lost productivity.

The MicroScan3 performs 80,000 pulses per revolution, gathering more accurate data and removing the risk of false trips. By easily identifying the difference between harmless debris or dust and a human, the MicroScan3 only triggers a stoppage when the security threat is valid.

Scanner Cross Talk

When most scanners are implemented as part of a sequence with other scanners, they may interfere with each other, either sending false trips or leaving vulnerable gaps in protection fields. Even with integrated controllers, traditional scanners struggle when multiple sources of movement or other scan areas intersect.

The MicroScan3 can distinguish other scanners and their protected areas, ignoring the lasers and fields emitted. The ability to avoid false trips due to scanner cross-talk allows the MicroScan3 to integrate seamlessly with existing safety program

Simplifies Programming

Many other safety technologies require complex software and expert programming to be effective. Even the smallest change on your production floor could require a specialist to make costly changes to the software—further increasing downtime.

MicroScan3 is driven by the simple SICK Safety Designer programming interface. It features an intuitive programming interface. The simple application also allows safety fields to be programmed and updated easily by your staff. These changes can be made more quickly when configurations change, reducing downtime, and keeping your production on schedule.

The Technology that Drives the MicroScan3

How is the MicroScan3 able to greatly outperform competing safety lasers?

The key to the MicroScan3’s reliability and accuracy is SICK’s safeHDDM™ scanning technology. The scanner has a wide field of view and protection range, reaching 9 meters of protected area in a 275-degree view. The second longest protection range is a mere 5 ½ feet. The MicroScan3 also filters and evaluates 88,000 individual pulses per revolution overcoming challenging ambient conditions such as dust, debris, and changing lighting.

The scanner features a die-cast aluminum housing making it sturdy, compact, and lightweight. Advances in component technology also allows the MicroScan3 to have industry-leading electromagnetic compatibility. It is easy to install and re-install with configuration memory making relocation easy.

The MicroScan3 integrates with existing industrial safety networks via CIP Safety™ via EtherNet/IP™ or PROFIsafe via PROFINET via any desired access point in the network. They can also pull configuration data from the network allowing for quick changeover.

The Sensors Experience

When you implement new safety technology or change your manufacturing safety program, it helps to have expertise on your side. With Sensors Group, you can put our knowledge to work in your plant. We can help build a custom-tailored safety solution to fit your individual needs and budget. Whatever machinery and areas you need to protect, our team of experts can find the right technology to keep your employees safe and production running.

How can we help?

Is your company struggling with an application? Sensors Group can help. Any application, any time. Reach out and let us know about your application.

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