Research and development

SICK's history is rife with successful innovations, and we intend to continue this success story well into the future.

research and development
Customer focus: The key to our success

Innovative products on their own are not enough to ensure a company's success. Rather, it is a matter of making sure that these innovations provide outstanding customer benefits, because the ultimate measure of the newly developed products is how successful they are on the market. Our success relies on us implementing these thought processes consistently, and it is our knowledge and understanding of what our customers need that allows us to anticipate future developments. In this way, our customers reap the benefits of more compact designs with the same level of performance, increased sensor ruggedness, and faster, more efficient workflow processes.

SICK – Sensor Intelligence.

Developing intelligent solutions for customer applications is at the forefront of what we do. To make this a reality, we are constantly on the lookout for new technologies that allow sensors to not only perceive objects, but also offer intelligent process control and communicate with other components in complex networks.

R&D Expenditures
R&D expenditures
Research and development activities

We are constantly increasing our research and development activities to allow us to retain our status as a technological and market leader.

R&D Employees
R&D employees
Research and development staff

At SICK, we don't simply rely on our central research departments and remote development teams of more than 1700 employees worldwide to carry out our research and development activities. To ensure that our sensors are accessible to all system environments and our customers can benefit from synergies in the development process, we also cooperate with industry partners, universities, and institutes.

R&D Patents
Patents and knowledge

Innovations are what set us apart, and this is something we want to continue in the long term. This is why we use patents to protect our knowledge. With about 4,000 patents filed, it is clear just how many ideas our staff have developed.