safeHDDM® makes safety laser scanners immune to wood chippings

Stacking always results in chippings

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With industrial parquet manufacturing, fine wood flooring became affordable and available to anyone. The European parquet industry now produces over 80 million square meters of parquet flooring every year. To achieve this figure, there are stringent requirements for the systems used for automated wood processing: Sawdust and wood chippings are very challenging for conventional safety sensors. They are nonetheless expected to perform their tasks in terms of operational safety with both reliability and precision. One of the leading parquet manufacturers in Europe, Bauwerk Parkett AG, uses the new microScan3 safety laser scanner from SICK to make a stacking robot safe. Continue reading

The new generation of safety laser scanners

Award-winning: The microScan3 is a three-time winner

After winning the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 and the GIT SICHERHEIT AWARD 2017, the microScan3 became a three-time winner by taking the iF DESIGN AWARD. The microScan3 was awarded the prize in the “Product” discipline in the “Industry / Skilled Trades” category. The iF DESIGN AWARD is given out once a year by Germany’s oldest independent design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover.   Continue reading

AGVs light – ensuring safe movement in collaborative operation

Robot Butler that moves around by itself

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In 2015, the young Danish company Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) introduced the German market to the MiR100, a mobile transport robot that works like clockwork. Built-in S300 safety laser scanners, 3D cameras, and ultrasound ensure that the robot stops automatically as soon as it encounters a person or a static object. Continue reading

A technological leap forward thanks to safeHDDM™

microScan3: providing a new platform for safety

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With microScan3, SICK is embarking on a new era for safety. This new generation of safety laser scanners is based on the patented safe measurement principle safeHDDM™. What this has resulted in is outstanding reliability under challenging conditions and an extensive scanning range – all in a single highly compact housing. What is more, the microScan3 delivers the right features to meet requirements for straightforward, intuitive Operation. Continue reading

Mobile robots in production

Safety and more – SICK provides protection and navigation data for KUKA’s KMR iiwa

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Industrial production in the future will see us working with assistants that are modular, versatile and, above all else, mobile. In KMR iiwa, KUKA Roboter GmbH has developed a fully automated, autonomous solution that combines the LBR iiwa lightweight robot and the OmniMove mobile platform. KUKA’s long-standing partnership with SICK has played an integral role in the process, thanks to safety laser scanners that provide both a protective function and navigational support in the KMR iiwa. This enables the worker to interact directly with the robot, which moves autonomously. No physical guards are required, making this system genuinely true to the spirit of creating sustainable flexibility in production. Continue reading