THE RIGHT SOLUTIONS FOR MORE FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY
Many paths, one goal: “Sensor Intelligence.” epitomizes our clear focus on sensor technology as
a data provider for the intelligent factory, thus making it the most fundamental module for providing the highest possible levels of transparency in the supply chain. With our broad product and
solution portfolio, we make sure that you are able to capture the necessary data reliably, evaluate
it intelligently, and employ it purposefully for your application:
• To produce higher-quality goods in a more efficient and flexible way while saving resources
• To enable better traceability of goods
• To implement innovative safety concepts
There is no more stopping the triumphal advance of mobile robots in logistics. Logistics centers around the globe are employing a wide variety of mobile platform systems:AGVs, AGCs or AMRs. They load conveyor belts, sort, deliver or fetch something from its correct location. Not only for the market leaders, but also for smaller distribution centers. This comes as no surprise: Even a small autonomous fleet can help structure processes better, optimize material management and, last but not least, reduce costs. And using our sensor solutions you will always know exactly where they are located. Whether it be localization, movement monitoring or tracking – this gets your logistics moving.
Flexibility is the new logic for logistics. Being flexible and able to respond quickly, and being adaptable is essential not only in production but also in logistics. Mobile robots are replacing stationary conveying equipment in this area and transporting goods from A to B. Mobile robots are also being used in logistics for fast and easy picking. Using localization solutions they move around freely and are always there where they are currently needed.
Robots take the load off you. Not only by literally relieving you of heavy jobs and moving big loads. Mobile service robots are increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives. They clean and disinfect, serve things, and communicate. Cleaning robots, for example, are working not only in industrial environments but also in public settings like hotels and supermarkets. Disinfection robots perform their important job at airports, in hospitals, schools or universities – anywhere in fact where large crowds of people gather. And since service robots can perform a diverse range of services, they are conquering more and more areas, for example serving or informing people.
In particular in these sensitive areas where human-machine interactions occur, the safety of people is paramount. The movement of the robot therefore needs to be fully controllable at all times. The sensors from SICK help master these challenges. You can rely on the vast experience we have gained over the years with self-driving systems and collision protection. Our sensors measure and evaluate the data immediately, thereby offering the greatest possible safety.
Escape from the cage. Free your production from ballast. The replacement of static and permanently installed robot applications is bringing about a small revolution in many areas of industry. The application possibilities for mobile units provide flexibility and thereby allow production processes to be streamlined.
Everything becomes even more efficient and therefore faster. This applies both to the transport of raw materials and end products as well as to the operative applications. Collaborative systems boost efficiency. They are quickly ready for operation and during their “lifetime” take care of not just one but every conceivable task that you require in your processes. Interactions between man and machine are something you encounter here everyday – productive, flexible and safe.
Batch size 1 is an important driver for flexibility in production. This requires a mobile robot that is capable of flexibly adapting to changing product variants. The tasks performed by intelligent sensors also include the precise localization of workpieces at a workstation, and the insertion of workpieces in a machine. Sensors also play a decisive role in the safe maneuvering of robots within the manufacturing line.
Achieving a high productivity for your machines and plants as well as a high level of flexibility and automation are decisive competitive advantages in the digitalization era. With SICK as your partner you can benefit from safety solutions that make your processes run smoothly, enable human and machine to work as a team, and allow us to jointly push the boundaries of what is achievable.
Our customers benefit from our comprehensive portfolio of sensors, controls, and services along with the world's largest network of functional safety experts. Furthermore, while solving your safety requirements we offer you unbeatable added value due to our smart combination of safe and non-safe automation components.
From our best-in-class products and safety systems to complete turnkey projects from a single source we will support you on your path to safe productivity!
Machine vision solutions make your manufacturing processes more efficient and competitive. But do they always meet your precise specifications? Now you can have customizable 2D and 3D vision sensors, tailored to your business. These are either ready-to-use solutions that can be easily configured without a vision or programming expert or they can be modified to solve your particular application – by SICK or its partners.
Solutions, driven by SICK AppSpace, help you take a significant step towards the future and Industry 4.0. How? SICK AppSpace enables you to create completely new and adaptive solutions for automation applications for quality control, positioning, robot guidance or track & trace.
Production and intralogistics in harmony. Once considered two distinct disciplines, now these areas are growing closer and closer together thanks to advances in automation and digitalization. Making the material flow completely transparent, from the materials being delivered to delivering the finished product, is the goal here. The prerequisite for smart, networked production is finally always being able to know where everything is.
SICK offers a wide range of sensor solutions precisely for this: from individual products, to software, to services that are just as individual and varied as our customers’ requirements. Every production process is different. Which is exactly why it is so important to see the big picture. SICK, with their 360° approach, therefore represents optimization of the entire value-creation chain, which sheds a light on even the tiniest corners in production in order to close gaps – be it in identification, localization, or in storage and supply-chain management.
With all our solutions, we bear the individual requirements of your processes in mind. “Sensor Intelligence.” draws on all of SICK’s system expertise, supplemented by our experience in a variety of sectors. We combine our detailed application knowledge with reliable software architecture to optimally integrate our sensors into your system – because intelligent is the only way.
“Sensor Intelligence.” refers to the ability of our sensors to use decentralized computing power to complete tasks more reliably, more comprehensively, or more efficiently, for example. To achieve this, we take the intelligence required to perform these tasks from the central control system, and place it in our sensors.
Intelligent sensors benefit from the availability of ever-smaller, ever-cheaper microcontrollers. These controllers enable our sensors to process increasing volumes of data directly, using ever more complex algorithms. And this technology helps you to optimize your production and control networks.
SICK IntegrationSpace® unlocks the power of your sensors. Use their full potential by feeding their data into intelligent algorithms in order to reduce complexity and to improve your business processes. Welcome to this new dimension of sensors.
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Track and trace solutions can be implemented using a wide range of different technologies. When it comes to achieving the best possible reading performance and system integration, the choice of identification technology varies depending on the respective requirements. In Smart Factories, RFID and programmable cameras are the most popular choice as Industry 4.0-compatible solutions. The sensor technology along the production chain uses the data cards to directly detect which assembly steps are to be initiated, thereby ensuring comprehensive transparency right through to delivery.
The safe and reliable detection solution
Simple integration – intelligence included
Intelligent. Flexible. Intuitive.
As the level of automation in a plant increases, the tasks of the individual components increase as well: Photoelectric sensors with flexible sensor settings and diagnostic functions, for example, are already used in applications across a range of industries. Inductive, IO-Link-enabled proximity sensors perform complex tasks directly in the sensor. Contrast sensors, level sensors, and electronic pressure switches communicate parameter settings via integrated IO-Link interfaces. Measuring automation light grids reduce the amount of cabling in production environments and enable access to diagnostic functions and format changes. Encoders with EtherNet/IP™ feature an active web server as well as function blocks for fieldbus integration. Compact 2D LiDAR sensors (also 2D laser scanners) provide reliable object detection in the field of surface monitoring.
Application specialists use this portfolio to develop tailored concepts for optimizing production processes with SICK AppSpace. SICK is furthering Industry 4.0 in every field.
Configurable. Programmable. Top performer. Long-range.
By developers for developers
Installation and management of SensorApps
In industrial environments, capturing reality safely and reliably requires much more than just a single vision. That’s why SICK offers a broad spectrum of vision sensors, from compact devices that are easy to integrate, to configurable standalone solutions, right through to programmable high-speed cameras for the most demanding of requirements. Using both established SICK modules, and integration-ready functions from various image processing libraries, it is possible to create new solutions that are perfectly tailored to customers’ requirements and that are compatible with tasks in the context of Industry 4.0. Such tasks include quality control, track and trace, object data capture, and predictive maintenance, for example.
Configurable. Programmable. Compact. Versatile.
Flexible. Intelligent. Communicative.
Intuitive 3D inspection
Cost-effective automated guided carts must run through production paths, which can be very narrow at times, without posing a risk to persons, machines, and transport goods. Sensor and system solutions from SICK help to reliably protect humans and property from collisions. At the same time, they collect all the data necessary for the reliable and flexible navigation of small vehicles. Automated guided carts manage high speeds even when going around curves thanks to the switching of protective fields. Reliable detection of speed and direction of travel with safety solutions from SICK also reduces the number of components, and thereby the required installation space in automated guided carts.
The sensor for optical line guidance
The sensor for magnetic line guidance
Grid localizations with that certain something
It is already possible to adapt safety sensors accurately to the current machine process. Intelligent algorithms are making it possible, for example, to move away from digitally activated safety technology in favor of a continuous machine response based on the movement of the person involved. This means that the worker approaching the machine no longer triggers a complete shutdown, but rather an appropriate reduction in the working speed, or adjustments to the directions of movement.
“Safe Motion” is the best technology currently available. It ensures the safety of persons at all times, allowing production to continue uninterrupted. This results in significantly fewer downtimes and unintended shutdowns, shorter cycle times, and an increase in the efficiency and availability of the machines and plants.
Where humans and machines now work more closely but also more safely together, functional safety will take today’s production systems an important step closer to greater flexibility. If the ultimate goal is complete collaboration – where humans and robots share the same workspace and carry out their work concurrently – then it makes sense to develop solutions that also enable coexistence and cooperation. With 70 years of experience and knowledge to draw upon, SICK has assembled an extensive portfolio of safety solutions in its product range.
The software-programmable safety controller
Open access for safe productivity
Because we take safety to the next level
Greater availability of AGVs due to weather-dependent speed adjustment
Way above the standard – the economic way to business class
The highest level of flexibility and economic efficiency - fibers from SICK
Space and protection for measurement and analysis technology
Efficient sorting of objects at the highest conveyor speeds
The highflier in intelligent automation
Slim and compact incremental encoder that fits many applications
Safety under control – compact, easy and efficient
2D machine vision solution powered by deep learning
Captures motion. Without contact.
The precise position sensor for grippers and miniature cylinders
Sensor hub for intelligent servo motors that “say” when maintenance is required
Reliable and anonymous distance measurement
Your quality assurance needs quickly solved
Anonymous and reliable people counting
Easy. Compact. Versatile.
The rugged safety laser scanner – extremely intelligent
Get transparency about your safety system
More efficiency with safety
3D snapshot - position determination for picking up dollies
3D snapshot - for the detection and position determination of pallet pockets
SICK's vast range of photoelectric sensors offer precise optics and advanced technology, creating market-leading solutions with sensor intelligence. By using the latest SIRIC® and LED technologies, these sensors offer the highest level of operational reliability regardless of any interference factors. Additional sensor information can be used to simplify modern production processes.
This extensive range of photoelectric sensors is used in many automation applications around the world.
Safety switches are indispensable in any application where safety is required for people and machinery. They are used for protecting movable physical guards, determining the position of dangerous movements, and the safe stop function. The portfolio is divided into electro-mechanical and non-contact safety switches, safety locking devices, and safety command devices.
In conjunction with safe control solutions, SICK offers ideal complete solutions from a single source.
The Glare sensor detects and distinguishes glare on even surfaces. It also provides maximum reliability and saves costs. Previously, gloss on object surfaces was a disruptive factor that regularly had engineers breaking into a sweat.
Now, gloss properties are a distinguishing criterion for process control – regardless of color, transparency or pattern. And it will be engineers’ eyes that shine, not their brows. Equipped with intelligent Delta-S-Technology, Glare is a further milestone in customer-oriented sensor development. Once again, SICK is confirming its leading position in opto-electronic sensors for the detection of a range of objects.