Debris flow research in real-time: 2D laser scanners ensure safety in the Swiss Alps

Debris Flow Wallis

Every year in the Swiss Alps you can hear the sound of debris flows with thousands of tonnes of detritus rushing down into valleys, and towards endangered transportation routes and settlements. The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) uses SICK’s 2D laser scanners in order to facilitate research to determine when, where, and how debris flows occur. Continue reading

Port safety

Anti-collision systems ensure fail-safe operation of container terminals at DP World

Container terminals operate on a 24/7 basis, so the demand on availability is extremely high. Collisions involving the boom of ship-to-shore cranes and ships pose the greatest risk in daily operations. In order to offer its customers uninterrupted operations DP World, one of the leading container handling company, has decided to equip the expansion of its Jebel Ali facility in Dubai with anti-collision systems from SICK. Continue reading

volume flow measuring | laser scanners

Bulkscan® LMS511 optimizes brown coal extraction at RWE Power in Inden

Volumenstrommessung mit Bulkscan LMS511

Inden is the third strip mining site in the Rhineland brown coal mining district after Garzweiler and Hambach. The mining field is approximately 4,500 hectares in size. Its coal seams are up to 45 m thick and lie as far as 230 m beneath the earth’s surface. Bulkscan® LMS511 laser volume flowmeter measures the bulk material on the conveyor belts and so  varies the slew speed of the bucket-wheel excavator. Continue reading

protecting | position determination

ALMA project: How laser scanners from SICK help to explore the universe

ALMA © ESO/Pascal Martinez

ALMA stands for “Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array”, a terrestrial space observatory in the Chilean Atacama desert, more than 5000 meter above sea level. It consists of about 66 individual radio telescopes which can be moved and connected in series whereupon the world’s largest array of antennas occurs which is able to expand into the most remote, coldest and, to the human eye, darkest regions of the universe. LMS outdoor 2D laser scanners from SICK assist with the positioning of the vehicles in picking up and setting down the radio telescopes and preventing collisions within and around the vehicles. (Picture © ESO/Pascal Martinez) Continue reading