Scorpion 3D Stinger Technology used at Scania

Scania Aktiebolag (publ), commonly referred to as Scania AB or just Scania, is a major Swedish automotive industry manufacturer of commercial vehicles - specifically heavy trucks and buses. It also manufactures diesel engines for motive power of heavy vehicles, marine, and general industrial applications.

At Scania in Södertälje, Sweden there are lines for shot peening . It is a kind of blasting of metal parts  to obtain a more durable product , for example, for engine details and transmission.

Rotech Tooling at Scania

Anna Nilsson vd Rotech Tooling AB at Scania with ABB

There are three lines with multiple robot cells for picking and palletizing , ie placement in a pallet. The integrator Rotech Tooling Hjo has designed , manufactured and installed the cells using robots and safety systems from ABB.

A fourth line
In early 2012, Scania needed to increase the capacity with a fourth line. An investment process was started  and Scania selected Rotech Tooling for the fourth consequtive line.
“Because we have delivered the three previous robotic lines, we knew what to do. We have learned the Scania process and requirements. The fourth line became more of a refinement of what we have done before. It feels good to work for a long time with a customer across multiple projects and constructively exchanged each other’s experiences , “says Anna Nilsson , CEO of Rotech Tooling.

Scorpion 3D Stinger Starter Kit

Scorpion 3D Stinger for Robot Vision

The three robots on the fourth line is mainly used for up and disassembling. Pallets with articles entered in the cell which then goes through the process of cleaning and shot peening and then palletised in boxes.

“It is not an ordinary handling system – the handling is powered by a couple of  Scorpion 3D Stinger for Robot Vision systems from Tordivel. Overall there are eight cameras installed in the cell.  Two stereoscopic  Scorpion 3D Stinger Cameras are working in 3D to handle inclines and multiple layers – picking different sized gears from a half size euro pallet,” says Anna Nilsson.

Read the complete article at ABB site – swedish language

Read more about Rotech Tooling AB

News – 3D Stinger creates 3D Images in real-time for Robot Vision

Scorpion 3D Stinger Laser Camera

Scorpion 3D Stinger Laser Camera


The new Scorpion 3D Stinger RPP Laser Camera is  based on the principle “projected texture stereo vision” to create a high quality dense point cloud.  The 3D camera works on moving objects with or without texture.

“We are proud to present this exciting new option in the third generation Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera first introduced in 2011.  We have perfected the unit by adding advanced integrated laser and led control. The advanced control allows us to capture both 3D images and 2D images within a compact and robust unit.  An important advantage is the unique ability to measure 3D in the 2D images using high precision 3D references. The  unit extends the complete Scorpion Compact Vision product range that provides state-of-art PC based machine vision with low deployment cost.” – Thor Vollset – Founder and CEO of Tordivel AS

Application areas:

Robotics, 3D robot vision, logistics, empty verification, assembly verification, measurement, R&D and more. 

Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera:

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera is designed to be used in cutting-edge 3D Stereo Vision applications with or without structured light. It is built with only the highest quality components to be used in professional machine vision with 24-7  operation. It is compatible with the latest 3D versions of Scorpion Vision Software and locates moving objects in 3D in real-time.

Read more about Scorpion 3D Stinger 


The Scorpion 3D Stinger™ RPP Laser Camera consists of:

  • IP-64 aluminium enclosure – typical 3.5 kg
    • to be mounted above the object or mounted on the robot
    • Black Anodized Aluminium
    • Size: L=292 mm x D=266 mm x H=100  mm
  • Two XCG GigE Cameras from Sony with lenses with resolution from VGA to 5MP
    • Baseline of 200 mm – allows camera tilting to handle multiple operation distances
  • High power white or Infrared strobed LED
  • IR – 830 nm and Red – 660 nm Random Pattern Projection laser from Osela.
  • Termination panel & cables
  • Scorpion Stinger Control Card to driver LED and Laser and to control the image capture an strobing sequence
  • 24v input, 5v and 12v output – Power consumption from 15 to 35 W
  • Working Distances from 400 – 5000 mm
  • GigE switch

The control card provides the ability to capture one 3D image set illuminated with a laser pattern and then capturing a high resolution 2D image set.  The 3D images are used to locate objects in 3D. In the 2D image, the 3D references from the 3D image is used to do 3D measurements in 2D images with the highest possible accuracy.

Read more in the Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera datasheet

Principle of operation:

The new camera is based on the third generation Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera where support for multiple LED and Laser Source are controlled by the Scorpion 3D Stinger Control Card. The goal of the project was to develope a high precision and robust  3D Image or dense point cloud systems with an active Random Pattern Projection to be able to work with all surfaces. We uses two 3D Stereo Vision Camera and a Random Pattern Projection Laser to create a high quality dense point cloud.

The input:

  • A 3D image set with projected texture from a RPP laser
  • A 2D image set illuminated by high power LED
Scorpion 3D Stinger RPP Laser Principle

Scorpion 3D Stinger RPP Laser Principle

The result:

  • A dense 3D point cloud
  • A 3D height map

Supporting universities, students and colleges

We supports student doing their machine vision and robot vision projects and universities that are in the process of building labs for 3D Robot Vision or 3D machine vision. We can tailor sw and hw packages to any need both for reasearch and professional use.

Video – Single Camera 3D with Scorpion Vision

Scorpion Vision Videos

Scorpion Vision Videos

This video shows how to do single camera 3D with Scorpion Vision Software. The demonstration is based on an advanced 3D tutorial. It shows 2D and 3D calibration techniques, advanced 2D pattern matching and how to create a accurate 3D reference with MonoPose3D tool. The core of the video is:

Develope a single camera system to locate a target in 3D. The target plate plate has four features: circle, square, rectangle, and star. The 3D positions of the features are known. The target is moved in space to test the ability to locate in 3D. Once locating the target the ability to measure true 3D in 2D images is demonstrated. The system works with sub-pixel resolution in 3D.

Video – Gingerbread Icing Robot Vision

The video presents the core machine vision in a demanding four vision systems and four Staubli robots system. The solution is based on Tordivel’s Scorpion Compact Vision System and the Scorpion 2D Stinger Camera. These components has good references in the Food processing Industry.

The system is based on the lastest Scorpion Vision X.II release with an updated Tf3 – TemplateFinder3 tool.

Updated – Scorpion 3D Stinger datasheets

Scorpion Vision DataSheets

Scorpion Datasheets

We have updated the datasheets for the Scorpion 2D and 3D Stinger Cameras and the companion Scorpion Stinger LEDbars.  The following Scorpion 3D Stinger™ datasheets are available:


For more information on Scorpion 3D Stinger™, see also:

Scorpion Stinger 3D Calibration Objects

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Calibration objects are created to help for automate accurate 3D machine vision calibration. The objects are design to support the unique “One-Push Calibration” concept where only one image is needed to recalibrate a machine vision system with the click of a button. The image below shows a saw-tooth object for calibration of 3D Laser Calibration object. The datasheet defines feature numbering, the object reference system and the coordinates of all the features points. The objects are well suited for 3D Calibration for Laser Triangulation, 3D Measurement systems and 3D Robot Vision.


The Scorpion Stinger calibration object is supported by sample profiles in the Scorpion Vision Software Installer. It shows  best practices for 3D Calibration - both manual calibration and automatic calibration.
Methods for automatic validation of calibration results are also provided.
Read more: PD-2013-0005-B Scorpion 3D Stinger Calibration Objects
Scorpion Stinger™ is a family of machine vision components and products. They provide building blocks for OEM and system integrators.  Scorpion Stinger™ products have focus on:  Industrial Strength, Flexibility and Function

3D Robotics Integrator Seminar in UK

Join us at our annual Mitsubishi Robotics Integration Seminar taking place on 19 March 2014. At the last seminar we launched our MELFA F Series Robot range, showcasing how they can be integrated and controlled with other automation products on the same platform.


Click to register – read invitation


Mitsubishi Electric Conference Centre
Travellers Lane Hatfield
AL10 8XB

Speakers include:

  • Mastercam – Stewart Roney, Sales Director
  • Scorpion Vision – Paul Wilson, Managing Director
  • Renishaw – Ian Reeves, Project Manager
  • Mitsubishi Electric – Barry Weller, Product Manager – Robots & iQ Platform
  • Mitsubishi Electric – Jeremy Shinton, Product Manager – Business Solutions &


Exhibitors include:
Mitsubishi Electric, Scorpion Vision, Mastercam and University of Hertfordshire

For our latest news online: 3D Robotics Integration Seminar Invite PDF
This year we will be focusing on 3D vision, CAD Cam and modelling as well as auto
path generation, force control and robots in the Food and Beverage industry


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