Batch size 1: The code sets the machine

Ideas grow with sensor technology

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In the last few years, the furniture manufacturing industry has started to move away from largely supply-oriented toward demand- oriented production. This presents two challenges to manufacturers of woodworking machines: the need for automated batch-size-1 production for large quantities, and therefore high variance in large quantities, as well as batch-size-1 production for high variance in medium to small quantities. Continue reading

Flexible design and high troughput in a single system

Marriage of Transponder

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An increasing number of digital solutions are also being used in the fashion and clothing industries. The opportunities range from labeling products and presentations in stores all the way through to interaction with the online shop. As announced as part of its current reorientation strategy (known as “FIT- 4GROWTH”), the GERRY WEBER group will be placing more focus on the issue of digitalization in future and making the most of the potential in omni-channel retail. Continue reading

RFID technology as the basis for robot competition

The die is cast – SICK robot day 2016

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Since 2007, universities and research facilities have been competing against one another at the SICK robot day, yielding the (playing) field to robots. Eight international teams of students registered for this year’s competition which took place on October 8, 2016. The robots had to fill a playing field defined by RFID tags with colored dice. To help in this task, SICK provided each of the team with a SICK RFU 620 sensor in advance, which the students installed into their robot vehicles. Continue reading

Individual programming solutions for sensors

Space for ideas, room for the future – SICK AppSpace developers come together

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With the increasing complexity of sensor-based solutions, their individual programming is becoming more and more important. The open programming platform SICK AppSpace takes this development into account: It offers system integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the freedom and space to develop application solutions to fit the specific requirements of application descriptions. Continue reading

High degree of Automation vs. flexible production workflows

FUNCTIONAL SAFETY IN HUMAN/ROBOT COLLABORATIONS

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One of the major issues associated with Industry 4.0 is making workflows flexible and that includes closer interaction between humans and machines. Part of this current move toward more integrated working is a need for humans and machines to work together safely, and in view of this, functional safety will take today’s production systems one step closer to more flexibility. Human/robot collaboration (HRC) looks at how this can be achieved. Continue reading