Safely bringing modular machine concepts to life

More productivity at every stage

Manufacturers of FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) require modern production lines to provide flexibility and modularity. Complex production and packaging processes in particular are areas in which modular mechanical engineering is already commonly used – meaning state-of-the-art machine concepts consisting of various machine modules, some of which may even come from different manufacturers. To create a flexible production environment, the modules need to be changed and combined in different ways to accommodate the FMCG manufacturer’s needs. This presents a real challenge when it comes to implementing machine safety specifications. Continue reading

SPS 2013

Review and photo gallery: Impressions from SPS IPC Drives 2013

SPS IPC Drives 2013

The automation sector meets in Nuremberg every year, at the peak of the gingerbread season a Nuremberg specialty. While Nuremberg’s Central Market metamorphoses into the ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ (Christmas market) in frosty temperatures, a goods market of a totally different type and dimension takes place seven kilometers away at the Trade Fair Center: SPS IPC Drives. Continue reading

sens:Control – safe control solutions

Flexi Line and Flexi Loop: Highlights and innovations in the Flexi Soft portfolio

Flexi Soft

When design engineers become euphoric, there must be a good reason. Perhaps the latest safety controller from SICK that cleverly incorporates advantages? It is so safe and intelligent that a new word had to be invented for it: Flexi Soft. A solution that is flexible, scalable and easy to program using custom software – yet soft on the budget. New functionalities for networking safety stations, for cascading safety switches and sensors, as well as for integrating signals that are not safe now introduce even more flexibility into safe control technology. Continue reading