The FLOWSIC500 ultrasonic gas flow meter from SICK

Innovation in natural gas distribution

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Being a reliable and proficient partner to the oil and gas industry, SICK has revolutionized the natural gas distribution in the last four years. Before the market launch of the FLOWSIC500 in 2012 it was mainly conventional technologies that were put to use by public utilities and large-scale industrial consumers such as rotary piston and turbine gas meters. Several thousand SICK FLOWSIC500 devices have so far been put to use around the world for natural gas measurement by users hailing from a variety of industries – with success and high customer satisfaction. Continue reading

Vision technology for collaborative robots

Robots with a vision

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With the increasing interaction between humans and robots in the factory, the collaborative robots (“cobots”) of Universal Robots are now working closely with the SICK Inspector PIM60, enabling more applications. Continue reading

Displacement measurement sensors: Custom quality

The ultimate inspection authority and guarantor of quality for every stage of the process

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Within the electronics industry, quality and precision are key factors when it comes to intelligent production concepts: The only way to ensure high levels of quality – from the individual components right through to the end product – is to keep tabs on the value creation process by continuously evaluating measurement results. Optical measurement technology from SICK combines precision and quality in one – by offering measuring instruments that are integrated directly into the production process. In an industry where high measurement accuracy is required in conjunction with short sensing ranges and the tiniest of objects, displacement measurement sensors are really able to show their strengths. Continue reading

UP56 Pure: Good protection means good measurement results

Level measurement for corrosive chemicals in solar wafer process plants

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In many industries, challenging ambient conditions of all kinds are part of everyday production. The systems and sensors that are responsible for keeping the production process safe have to be specially protected against severe contamination or aggressive chemicals. For instance, chemicals are an unavoidable part of solar cell production, where they are central to core processes such as solar wafer surface finishing and cleaning. The levels in the chemical tanks have to be constantly monitored by sensors. The Teflon®-coated UP56 Pure ultrasonic level sensors deliver precise results on a non-stop basis.   Continue reading

safeHDDM® makes safety laser scanners immune to wood chippings

Stacking always results in chippings

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With industrial parquet manufacturing, fine wood flooring became affordable and available to anyone. The European parquet industry now produces over 80 million square meters of parquet flooring every year. To achieve this figure, there are stringent requirements for the systems used for automated wood processing: Sawdust and wood chippings are very challenging for conventional safety sensors. They are nonetheless expected to perform their tasks in terms of operational safety with both reliability and precision. One of the leading parquet manufacturers in Europe, Bauwerk Parkett AG, uses the new microScan3 safety laser scanner from SICK to make a stacking robot safe. Continue reading