Virtually all system operators need to operate machines efficiently even when batch sizes are small, when products and formats need to be changed frequently, or when packaging varies in terms of design and size. A key part of meeting this requirement is encoders, which can be adapted quickly and easily to the specific requirement at hand. Thanks to additional intelligent functions and the suitable communication interfaces, all relevant data for diagnostics and for monitoring the entire system is also analyzed and transmitted directly in the encoder, including visualization.
The future of the industry is characterized by a marked individualization of products in the context of highly flexible large-volume production. This trend is being spurred on by intelligent monitoring and decision-making processes that companies and entire value-added-chain networks can control and optimize virtually in real time. Encoders with Ethernet-based fieldbus interfaces are already easy to configure and come complete with a range of diagnostic functions.
When it comes to integrating sensors into industrial fieldbuses, every industry has its own individual requirements. This is why there are more than two dozen industrial communication systems available today across a diverse range of machines and systems, and this is something that intelligent sensor manufacturers cannot ignore. With its “omni fieldbus concept” for encoders SICK is well-equipped for all integration options.
The Tele2 Arena in Stockholm is a stadium with a retractable roof. The benefit for spectators in the stadium and television viewers: There are no shadows on the playing field, when the roof is fully open. Further the stadium can be used for concerts and even ice hockey matches. POMUX® KH53 linear encoders from SICK determine the exact position of the roof halves when opening and closing.
Featuring numerous unique selling propositions, the programmable AHS/AHM36 absolute encoders from SICK set a new performance standard in the 36-mm class. The great variety of mechanical interfaces as well as the optional SSI or CANopen allow for maximum flexibility. For high design quality the encoder was awarded with the coveted Red Dot Award 2014 this year.