SICK Automation is leading the agricultural digitisation era (Farming 4.0), with its visual perception solutions for mobile agricultural machines and harvesting robots. Called Visionary Snapshot Cameras, the range is tailored for 3D environment monitoring, allowing mobile equipment to navigate, increase safety and enhance production processes.
Visionary technology from SICK inherent in these cameras make them the ideal solution for a vast range of agricultural applications. They help decrease downtime with their collision avoidance capability when turning, manoeuvring and reversing mobile equipment, and by navigating autonomous agricultural machines during fieldwork. They help facilitate increased and more accurate production by providing gripping reliability for harvesting robots as well as level monitoring on transfer vehicles or determining harvest volumes in storage facilities. They also increase the accuracy of targeted pesticide applications by visually differentiating between crops and weeds
Digitised agriculture: the norm
SICK’s range of Visionary sensors provide valuable data for fully autonomous work processes, which are increasingly being implemented in IoT precision farming application settings.
Sensors in agricultural machines are quickly being adapted across agricultural industries. Combine harvesters, for example, and other large agricultural machines, are being fitted with approximately 90 sensors and often have more electronic encoders than cars.
Collision avoidance, navigation, detection and monitoring applications are common to a vast range of industries yet create demanding requirements on sensors for 3D agricultural environment monitoring. This is why SICK created the Visionary range – it serves all of these applications from one portfolio. Additionally, SICK offers ‘plug and play’ solutions for original equipment or for retrofitted mobile machines. There are also product variants for integrators and software specialists looking to integrate the raw data from the Visionary products into their own software solutions. Get more details from Grant.Joyce@sickautomation.co.za