When requirements and machine locations change

Modular safety system for automation solutions used in mobile machine tools

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


Customized solutions for flexible production

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

tailored safety for more flexibility

the smallest common denominator – global emergency stop

Icelandic company Marel is the world’s leading provider of advanced food processing solutions for the fish, meat, and poultry industries. These solutions are provided in the form of modern equipment, systems, and services. From individual system modules through complex processing lines and beyond to portions packaged ready for consumption by end customers, the company supports every aspect of advanced food processing. Marel requires its production lines to deliver flexibility and modularity. System operators need to be able to replace individual machine modules, integrate new modules into the overall plant, and combine modules in new ways. However, this must be achieved without having to invest huge amounts of time and money in wiring or programming in order to ensure the safe and secure networking of machine modules. Continue reading

RFID technology as the basis for robot competition

The die is cast – SICK robot day 2016

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

New EN ISO 14119 standard for interlocking devices

STR1 – Switching To Safe Interlocking

Since the end of 2013, the new global standard EN ISO 14119 (Safety of machinery – Interlocking devices associated with guards – Principles for design and selection) has been taking the place of the former European standard EN 1088. The scope of EN ISO 14119 in fact extends to all machines that use interlocking physical guard (protective doors, for example). The new standard defines various types of interlocking devices, as well as outlining the differences between physical operating principles and actuating principles and introducing a qualitative assessment for actuator coding. What is SICK’s response to the launch of the new EN ISO 14119? Continue reading