Automotive | Flexible automation with RFID

Dream car: custom orders require flexibility in production and logistics

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On the Internet, customers can create their dream car in a matter of moments. The options are endless: which model? Which color? Equipment? Engine? Petrol or diesel? You can customize almost every detail. However, this has an immense impact on the production concept. All the necessary components have to be ready for the production line so that the customer’s dream car is ready as soon as possible. The real challenge here is making sure that exactly the right components are available at exactly the right time. Thanks to the RFID solutions by SICK, all this is possible. Continue reading

Miniature photoelectric sensors monitor in- and out feed units

Innovative horizontal accumulator with W4 Inox in washdown-design

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With the new horizontal accumulator the Netherlands based conveyor system manufacturer Polyketting is bringing about a miniature revolution in the industry. Now even bottles, other totes and packages with complex instable bottom structures can be accumulated without any problems. “The in- and out feed units do not only guide the products, but guarantee also that the process runs smoothly. As a result, the number of faults stays at zero,” says Commercial Director Henk-Jan Visser. SICK’s W4 Inox miniature photoelectric sensors are used to monitor these processes, as well as for other purposes. Continue reading

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Identification solutions from SICK optimize meat processing at Goedegebuur

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Anyone ordering sirloin, rib-eye, or tenderloin steak in a restaurant in Europe is most likely being served quality beef from Goedegebuur, a beef specialist in Rotterdam, Netherlands. More than 170 employees process over 2,000 beef hindquarters there every day for catering trade, restaurant chains, meat industry and retail all over Europe. MPS Food Logistic Systems, one of the leading specialist in intralogistics solution helped Goedegebuur to optimize the packaging line. Image-based code readers from SICK play an important role. Continue reading

LECTOR®620 at FEMEG

QR codes for traceability of fish specialities

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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