Thinking ahead intelligently

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Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and automated guided vehicle systems (AGVSs) play a major role in increasing the flexibility of production and logistics processes. Used individually or in groups, these mobile helpers are the technical pioneers of cyber-physical production systems in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory framework – with the AGVs driving and working autonomously and AGVSs serving as self-organizing and self-optimizing units.   Continue reading

LMS511 2D LiDAR sensor

Intralogistics 4.0

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Digital, automated, and networked – this is the benchmark for Industry 4.0. But achieving this requires a large number of processes to be adapted. Manual identification processes in the warehouse and with respect to production supply, for example, are set to become a thing of the past. When it comes to warehouses served by forklift trucks, auto ID specialist IdentPro is now offering the solution – a world premiere based on the SICK LMS511 2D LiDAR sensor. Continue reading

Moving rapidly from pattern detection to precise position identification

Greater flexibility with the pattern sensor

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The PS30 pattern sensor, with its enormous flexibility, responds to trends in the packaging industry toward ever more complex and unusual labels. Offering unrestricted design freedom, the PS30 impresses not only when used on endless tracks – it also delivers outstanding results when detecting patterns on individual objects. The sensor detects and positions labels and any objects with a distinctive pattern reliably without print marks. Even without this unwanted design factor, the PS30 knows when an endless track needs to be cut into the roll-fed labeling or whether a package or tube is in the right position for sealing. Continue reading

HIPERFACE DSL® for premo servo actuators from Wittenstein Motion control

Free access to diagnostic data

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The continuous condition monitoring of electrical drives is growing in prominence. This is because the purely digital HIPERFACE DSL® interface makes it possible to provide status data such as the temperature of servo actuators in a format which can be evaluated by control technology. The fully scalable premo servo actuator platform from WITTENSTEIN motion control GmbH, located at Igersheim, Germany, not only uses the future potential of HIPERFACE DSL®, but also benefits from numerous design and safety advantages. Continue reading