Drives and Controls Magazine
Camera grabs videos before and after incidents
Published:  04 January, 2017

At the recent SPS IPC Drives show in Germany, Sick launched a camera that captures images and video sequences taken immediately before and after an event, to reveal the causes of plant malfunctions – such as safety barriers being ignored or items being removed from production lines. The camera can transmit event-controlled video sequences directly to the cloud, as well as storing them locally on an SD memory card.

The camera records processes continuously but does not respond until it receives a trigger from a sensor – for example, an incorrect profile being detected. When it receives such a trigger, the camera stores the video sequence before and after the event and sends it to the cloud. If several of the cameras are used together, the situation can be recorded and analysed from different angles.

The cameras can also be used for diagnostics and process optimisation.

Sick’s event camera helps to identify why things have gone wrong on a production line