Vaillant group banks on RFID technology

Production control at the right frequency

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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

Fully Automated Position and Assembly Control

Sensor and camera technology from SICK in use at Ford

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SICK supplies image-based code readers and vision sensors for fully automated position and assembly control as well as for visual guidance of robots. This equipment features in a system for screwing airbag modules and tailgate strikers into place by RESA Systems, which is used by the automotive manufacturer Ford at its plant in Cologne, Germany. Continue reading

Intelligent 3D assistant systems

Visionary-T and Visionary-B: 3D at a glance

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With the new 3D vision sensors in the Visionary-B and Visionary-T product families, SICK is offering innovative 3D snapshot technologies for use in industrial applications.The Visionary-B CV uses stereoscopy to calculate the space and depth information for the objects located around it in real time (this even includes stationary objects). Continue reading