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


Seamless traceability for pharmaceuticals


Counterfeit pharmaceuticals cause major financial losses, can pose health risks, and undermine patients’ trust. In light of this, the pharmaceuticals industry has committed itself to implementing the EU directive 2011/62/EU by 2018. The falsified medicines directive, as it is known, aims to guarantee traceability and transparency in the supply chain. The pharmaceuticals industry is therefore on the lookout for solutions that will ensure counterfeit protection for pharmaceutical products. The company i-mation GmbH, a manufacturer of industrial image processing systems based in Rottweil, Germany, can now offer them a solution that simplifies the read process for curved storage containers. The system is based on the strong performance of the Lector620 High Speed image-based code reader by 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