SICK Automotive Days 2017

Propelling progress

Great events are often foreshadowed: e-mobility, digitalization and calls for modular, flexible production concepts will have major effects on the future of the automotive industry. More than one hundred guests from business and research met at the 9th SICK Automotive Days on 20 & 21 June 2017 to discuss the future of the automobile. 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

robot guidance and even more besides

Robots in the electronics industry: fast, precise, and flexible – thanks to intelligent sensor technology

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In virtually every country, quality requirements are increasing, innovation cycles are getting shorter, and wage costs are rising. As a result, demand for robot-based automation solutions is growing within the electronics industry. Easier collaboration (e.g., thanks to compact and lightweight robots) is opening up additional applications for the market and offers huge potential for new customized automation Solutions.   Continue reading

High-precision pin inspection optimizes press-fit operations

Press-fit connectors that go exactly where you want them to

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Demand for electronic components is constantly growing, in turn increasing the quantities involved in PCB production. To ensure that the connections to the periphery are secure, wire connections are no longer soldered onto PCBs. Instead, a procedure called the “press-fit method” is used. This involves pressing the connectors through holes on the PCB at high pressure. The quality of each individual connection can be monitored by the Pinspector quality control system from SICK, which is already being successfully used in the automotive electronics industry. Continue reading