Batch size 1: The code sets the machine

Ideas grow with sensor technology

In the last few years, the furniture manufacturing industry has started to move away from largely supply-oriented toward demand- oriented production. This presents two challenges to manufacturers of woodworking machines: the need for automated batch-size-1 production for large quantities, and therefore high variance in large quantities, as well as batch-size-1 production for high variance in medium to small quantities. Continue reading

Seamless transparency in case of a product recall

Safe Food Chain: only possible with reliable track and trace solutions

Track and trace, as well as food safety, are all about ensuring transparency with respect to the food’s origin and its path through the entire supply chain – and back! Whether it involves processing, filling, or packaging, every process step requires its data to be gathered using a reliable method. This is particularly important in the hygienic conditions which come as standard in the food industry. Continue reading

Can read everything, even the hearts and minds of customers

New image-based code reader LECTOR®65x

LECTOR 65x

Time for some real talent to step up to the line: SICK completes its portfolio of identification solutions for long reading distance in logistics and factory automation, laser scanners, line cameras, RFID systems, and – the recent novelty – the high-resolution LECTOR®65x matrix camera. Continue reading