A PROGRAMMABLE SICK CAMERA CONTROLS ROBOT ARMS AND FINGERS

FOR THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FINGERTIP PRECISION

At the test labs in one of the world’s largest and most cutting-edge dishwasher factories, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH has invested in a fully automated robot to conduct lifecycle tests on dishwasher panels. This robot is actively controlled by a programmable camera. The robot takes over all aspects of operating the machine, relieving strain from the testing Team. Continue reading

Mobile robots in production

Safety and more – SICK provides protection and navigation data for KUKA’s KMR iiwa

Industrial production in the future will see us working with assistants that are modular, versatile and, above all else, mobile. In KMR iiwa, KUKA Roboter GmbH has developed a fully automated, autonomous solution that combines the LBR iiwa lightweight robot and the OmniMove mobile platform. KUKA’s long-standing partnership with SICK has played an integral role in the process, thanks to safety laser scanners that provide both a protective function and navigational support in the KMR iiwa. This enables the worker to interact directly with the robot, which moves autonomously. No physical guards are required, making this system genuinely true to the spirit of creating sustainable flexibility in production. Continue reading

LogiMAT: SICK wins “Best Product” prize for 2016

Logging master data has never been easier: The “Master Data Analyzer” by SICK has been awarded this year’s prize for the “Best Product” in the category of identification, packaging, loading and load securing technology. The jury was impressed by the Master Data Analyzer’s design. The combination of modern, ergonomic design paired with modular sensor technology and innovative data management is the key to flexible automation within logistics processes. Continue reading

Vaillant group banks on RFID technology

Production control at the right frequency

Increasingly, global networks are replacing closed value-added chains. The goal here is to achieve the best possible efficiency over the entire production and distribution path by means of gap-free data transparency. This is possible by using RFID technology (RFID = radio-frequency identification), which is defining the current trends in contemporary factory and logistics automation. This is how it works: A memory chip that can be identified via radio frequency is attached to an object. The data on the chip can be output and rewritten as required. Continue reading

Visualization for much easier commissioning,retrofitting, and monitoring

Switch to the encoder at the click of a mouse

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The future of the industry is characterized by a marked individualization of products in the context of highly flexible large-volume production. This trend is being spurred on by intelligent monitoring and decision-making processes that companies and entire value-added-chain networks can control and optimize virtually in real time. Encoders with Ethernet-based fieldbus interfaces are already easy to configure and come complete with a range of diagnostic functions. Continue reading