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

Automated production logistics with automated guided vehicle systems

Flexible production without a conveyor belt

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Automated and flexible production processes are the answer to increasing quantities, smaller batch sizes, and high production speeds. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and their smaller relatives, automated guided carts (AGCs), were once mainly the preserve of production logistics in the automotive industry. Now, they are poised to conquer the world of intralogistic processes in the field of factory automation. These little masters of logistics on wheels offer considerable potential within the electronics industry for tackling large production volumes, lots of small production stages, variable processes, and production environments with a high degree of protection.   Continue reading

Photoelectric sensors

Object detection with miniature heads

Confined spaces, tiny objects, and tailored component designs – these are some of the challenges faced when producing electronic components and devices. Intelligent solutions from SICK are exactly the right combination of fiber-optic sensors and fibers – for flexible and reliable object detection that can cope with the smallest nook and cranny. Continue reading

The new era of contrast sensors from SICK

KTS and KTX: more than just print mark sensors

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Where most of the contrast sensors reach their limits, the KTS and KTX offer more applications, more areas of use, more flexibility. They incorporate more than just the reliability and availability of contrast sensors from the market and technology leader: TwinEye-Technology®, multifunctional display, integrated job memory and the combination of contrast and color sensor technology. Continue reading