The new era of contrast sensors from SICK

KTS and KTX: more than just print mark sensors

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Where most of the contrast sensors reach their limits, the KTS and KTX offer more applications, more areas of use, more flexibility. They incorporate more than just the reliability and availability of contrast sensors from the market and technology leader: TwinEye-Technology®, multifunctional display, integrated job memory and the combination of contrast and color sensor technology. Continue reading

3D part localization by SICK

Quickly picking the box

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When it comes to automation solutions, there are two wishes at the top of every company’s list: An increase in productivity and less strenuous work for the employees. Georg Fischer in Herzogenburg (Austria) has put both into practice – the versatile PLB robot guidance system from SICK facilitates a robot to overtake the heavy duty work, and thanks to the speed of PLB, also does this in a highly efficient manner. Identifying, gripping, picking – this is how fast and reliable bin-picking is done.   Continue reading

When requirements and machine locations change

Modular safety system for automation solutions used in mobile machine tools

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An adaptable machine concept that can be scaled up to meet changing requirements and, if necessary, converted to perform new tasks and installed in new locations – that is the philosophy behind the BFM automation system developed by Bachmann Engineering AG. The safety solution for the machines must be equally flexible and this is easily achieved with the SICK portfolio of safety products. Continue reading

SAFETY EXPERTISE + AUTOMATION KNOW-HOW = FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING

Customized solutions for flexible production

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Flexibility and productivity are major trends in the field of industrial automation. However, increasing one needn’t mean decreasing the other. There are already some initial approaches, such as flexible production cells and systems, which can help you strike the right balance. These pose new challenges for functional safety if a person interacts directly with the automated environment. To ensure that this does not lead to bottlenecks when implementing this “flexible manufacturing” solution, linking in automation and safety expertise is essential. Continue reading

Programming solutions for encoders: quickly adjusted, intelligently evaluated

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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. Continue reading