Verification of production plan data by reading out QR codes

Non-stop ice cream on a stick

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A sensory check can mean two things in the context of ice cream. Namely, the sensual experience of the chocolate coating cracking as you bite into it, followed by the explosion of flavors. Or it can refer to the quality check carried out by sensors in the manufacturing and packaging process. On the type HK 4 horizontal cartoner of Dienst Verpackungstechnik GmbH, the latter is undertaken by equipment including image-based code readers and vision sensors from SICK. Continue reading

Fully Automated Position and Assembly Control

Sensor and camera technology from SICK in use at Ford

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SICK supplies image-based code readers and vision sensors for fully automated position and assembly control as well as for visual guidance of robots. This equipment features in a system for screwing airbag modules and tailgate strikers into place by RESA Systems, which is used by the automotive manufacturer Ford at its plant in Cologne, Germany. Continue reading

Identification solutions for the tire industry

Keep tire manufacturing processes running smoothly


Drivers fit summer or winter tires to their vehicles as appropriate for the time of year. They expect suitable and safe tires that will exhibit ideal rolling, braking, and endurance characteristics at all speeds and temperatures. Tires for trucks and aircraft must also meet these requirements, as must those for many types of construction vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, and industrial vehicles. This is why the product portfolios of tire manufacturers are so wide and varied. As a consequence, they manage and work with a whole range of very different materials on a daily basis. So, given this mix of materials, how can maximum efficiency be achieved in the material flow in tire production and is it possible to combine this with an assurance of traceability without identification procedures and processes becoming overbearing and unwieldy? SICK offers identification solutions designed specifically for the tire industry which can be relied upon to keep the complex tire manufacturing process running smoothly. Continue reading


QR codes for traceability of fish specialities


Frozen fish specialties are a solid alternative to fresh fish.  But where was the fish caught? And how?  Femeg, a German producer of frozen fish specialties, has the answer: QR codes on frozen food packaging allow food enthusiasts to access extensive information about the fish they’d like to buy via smart phone. In order to ensure that the QR code is also readable, the Lector620 Professional image-based code reader checks it during the packing process. Continue reading

Can read everything, even the hearts and minds of customers

New image-based code reader 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