Fieldbus module for fiber-optic sensors and distance sensors

Bus traffic on the information superhighway

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At SICK, sensor data travels by bus: Fiber-optic sensors and distance sensors are connected to a WI180C-PB fieldbus module and integrated in PROFIBUS systems. The communication module enables quick access to the individual sensors and transfers their data to the control system. In automated processes, the module optimizes the transfer of parameters and the integration of the sensors into the machine network. In this way, the WI180C-PB plays a key role in ensuring fast communication between the control system and the sensors in machines and plants. Continue reading

Ultrasonic gas flow measuring devices

FLOWSIC proves its value on the test bench

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Small, but a global leader all the same: Ehrler Prüftechnik Engineering GmbH (EP-E) has crafted a remarkable reputation in the field of high-precision testing and calibration systems. A preferred partner of the company is SICK – whenever possible, the company founder Alois Ehrler integrates the ultrasonic gas flow meter of the FLOWSIC product family into his flow testing equipment.  Continue reading

Thinking ahead intelligently

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Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and automated guided vehicle systems (AGVSs) play a major role in increasing the flexibility of production and logistics processes. Used individually or in groups, these mobile helpers are the technical pioneers of cyber-physical production systems in the Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory framework – with the AGVs driving and working autonomously and AGVSs serving as self-organizing and self-optimizing units.   Continue reading

Fit for mobile automation – encoders from SICK

MOTION SEQUENCES MUST BE CONTROLLED BEFORE THEY CAN BE OPTIMIZED

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Wanna bet that … you can use an excavator shovel to place the tone arm of a record player precisely between two songs on a record, or hang up six socks with two excavators in the space of four minutes? Yes, you can. Several candidates on the German TV show “Wetten, dass..?” (“Wanna bet?”) won their bets thanks to their skills with an excavator. But what these clever contestants tried out for fun – namely operating a commercial vehicle with high precision – is now an established automated process in agriculture and forestry, road construction, mining, etc.   Continue reading