safeHDDM® makes safety laser scanners immune to wood chippings

Stacking always results in chippings

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With industrial parquet manufacturing, fine wood flooring became affordable and available to anyone. The European parquet industry now produces over 80 million square meters of parquet flooring every year. To achieve this figure, there are stringent requirements for the systems used for automated wood processing: Sawdust and wood chippings are very challenging for conventional safety sensors. They are nonetheless expected to perform their tasks in terms of operational safety with both reliability and precision. One of the leading parquet manufacturers in Europe, Bauwerk Parkett AG, uses the new microScan3 safety laser scanner from SICK to make a stacking robot safe. Continue reading

Safe cascading of components at Cermex

Time, materials and commissioning: Flexi Loop brings benefits on all levels

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Cermex, a company based in Corcelles les Cîteaux, is the cardboard packaging division of Gebo Cermex, one of the world market leaders in the packaging line industry. It has developed a high-performance combined packaging line consisting of a station for packing cardboard boxes from the side and a palletizing station. This combined line assembles the boxes, packs them from the side, labels them and palletizes them using robots in one ultra-compact manufacturing cell.     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