Residual stack monitoring with Safeguard Detector

Carton magazine: Making rigid housings a thing of the past

Requirements for protecting machinery have changed more and more with the increasing use of automation. In the past, protective devices in the work process were something of a nuisance; for this reason, they were often not used at all. Innovative technology has enabled protective devices to be integrated into the work process. As a result, they are no longer an obstacle for the operator and even help productivity in many cases. Reliable protective devices that are integrated into the workplace have thus become indispensable nowadays. They are a useful tool in achieving the goal of continuous production, which in turn improves system efficiency. Continue reading

The ultra-mini WTB2S-2 Blue miniature photoelectric sensor

Blue light LED: The ideal solution to detect high light-absorbing objects

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The ultra-mini WTB2S-2 Blue miniature photoelectric sensor takes over when conventional red-light sensors reach their limits. It can be relied upon to detect even high light-absorbing objects such as dark-blue solar cells, for example. An ultra-compact design with the performance of large photoelectric proximity sensors offers new space-saving machine construction possibilities. Continue reading

Safety Solutions: Keeping automated guided vehicles and systems safely on the move

Heading towards the future

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In many industries, automated guided vehicles and vehicle systems are making production and logistics processes more flexible. When these vehicles have to be controlled with greater efficiency and precision SICK has exactly the right sensor solutions – however complex they might be. They also meet every requirement when it comes to providing protection in line with standards, protect people against accidents, and help prevent collisions – which in turn keep goods and equipment protected.   Continue reading

Opto-electronic sensors for detection of transparent objects

Detecting with ‘(through)sight’ – automating with foresight

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Transparent plastic packaging, bottles made of glass or PET, ampoules, pipettes, flat, tubular, and hollow glass, films for securing loads on pallets: In many manufacturing processes, automators must cope with transparent objects. In order that these objects are detected reliably, SICK has developed a special sensor portfolio for factory automation. It excels due to outstanding optical performance, intelligence in terms of evaluation technology, and automation-related flexibility. When detecting transparent objects, use of this portfolio allows solving varied tasks reliably and efficiently. Continue reading

SICK demonstrates the uses of sensor data in business processes at the Hannover Messe 2016 trade fair

More data = greater efficiency?

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Integrated solutions based on Industry 4.0 are at the heart of SICK’s presentation at the Hannover Messe 2016 trade fair, with typical production applications presented in four different exhibits. SICK demonstrates how the intelligent use of sensor data is already boosting flexibility and productivity today. The data is also aggregated in a cloud in a live demonstration, while various web services show the possibilities of fully integrated solutions online. Continue reading