Thinking ahead intelligently


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

PSDI function in presses

The simple, safe way to increase productivity


Thanks to the PSDI (Presence Sensing Device Initiation) function in the Flexi Soft safety controller, it is possible to control the press cycle in manual insertion presses using a type 4 safety light curtain in PSDI mode. As soon as the worker removes his or her hand from the hazardous point, the press automatically restarts. Not only does this remove the need for two-hand control devices, it also offers clear benefits when it comes to providing workers with ergonomic, safe workstations – and ensures that more of the machine capacity is utilized. Continue reading

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The „PLUS“ in machine safety: functional safety as added value

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How to combine safety and productivity? What international developments are taking place in the field of machine safety and how is SICK responding to them? An interview with Dr. Georg Plasberg, Head of the “Industrial Safety Systems” division at SICK, about safety as added value: added value in terms of functional safety but also legal safeguards. Continue reading

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Six steps to a safe machine: New edition of the Guide for Safe Machinery


The Guide for Safe Machinery from SICK is a practically orientated reference book for manufacturers, designers, system engineers and operating organizations responsible for machine safety. The new edition contains, among other topics, useful informations and support in the implementation of the new standard EN ISO 14119. This new standard contains specific requirements for selecting and using interlocking devices. Otto Görnemann, Manager Machine Safety & Regulations explains in SICKinsight what effect do the changes in this standard have for machine manufacturers. Continue reading