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Closing the circle - Sensor solutions in production logistics - even for the smallest spaces in production

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Materials management

Orientation for value creation

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Data management

Complete control

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Material storage

Such great heights

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Material loading and unloading

Always on time

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Material transport

Everything on the right track

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Production logistics get smart
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Production logistics

Closing the circle - Sensor solutions in production logistics - even for the smallest spaces in production

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.

Which keeps everything moving. And production logistics gets smart.

Materials management

Orientation for value creation

When is which part in which place? Answering this question exactly is the key to success for an optimal production process. The topics of localization and identification form the basis of improved material handling within production: sensors for localization, based on ultrabroadband, LiDAR, or RFID technology for instance, allow for full transparency for all of the significant objects required for production. This covers both the storage of feedstock materials and production equipment of all types, as well as the handling unit management connected to them. This makes the path of the material flow transparent and traceable from the get-go.

Identification

Who am I? Reliable identification of products and production equipment is the prerequisite for an error-free production process. This means mix-ups are avoided and traceability is guaranteed. SICK offers a wide range of identification solutions for this: laser scanners for 1D codes, image-based code readers for 1D and 2D codes and OCR, RFID read/write devices, mobile hand-held scanners, magnet-coded identification solutions, track and trace systems, and ultrabroadband solutions.

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Localization

Where am I? Even just precisely answering the question of where each object is located creates efficiency within the entire production chain. This could be a case of localizing small objects or even large vehicles. SICK offers comprehensive indoor localization solutions for the monitoring, control, and data evaluation of freely moving assets and autonomous platforms. Be it line guidance or grid localization, LiDAR localization or tag-based localization – through to a complex solution with asset analytics.

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Handling unit management

What am I in? Regardless of the form in which feedstock materials are brought into the production chain, be it in containers, boxes, on pallets, or as bulk materials: SICK offers sensor solutions for all container types that perform availability checks, identification, classification, or automated status detection. Efficient handling unit management with the help of intelligent sensors ensures smooth production processes, since there are always enough containers available. It also reduces storage costs as you no longer need to store too many containers.

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Data management

Complete control

Lots of data is only useful if it can be integrated into the existing logistics and machine architecture. One particular challenge is in the vertical and horizontal integration here: the boundaries between networks or different software systems must be overcome, sometimes even beyond company boundaries. SICK offers solutions for connectivity and middleware for this purpose. They ensure that your collected information can be called up from anywhere at any time and is also used profitably. Thanks to the most cutting-edge RFID and code-reading technologies, data recording during loading and unloading, both when goods are being transported or in the production process, can be carried out quickly and flexibly for almost all types of goods. Comprehensive analytics applications accompany overall data management.

Connectivity

Everything is seamlessly networked. Networked production and control processes in complex machine environments will determine the industrial future. Intelligent sensor systems also support dynamic, real-time-optimized, and self-organized processes in production logistics in this way too. Sensors record real operational statuses, turn them into digital data, and automatically forward them to the process controller. To close the gap between the machine controller and the IT infrastructure of the process controller, SICK offers a range of gateways.

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Middleware

Good connections. Classic middleware solutions enable easy connection and networking of a wide variety of sensors at the field level as well as transmission of sensor data into the cloud as required. Often it is also possible to integrate sensor data in the existing software infrastructure. In keeping with Industry 4.0, the data is provided directly or in preprocessed form in order to operate higher-level processes such as predictive maintenance, track and trace, and quality control.

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Analytics

Condition monitoring – everything at a glance. With analytics, you can easily call up and analyze the system performance and status of all the recorded data. For example, the Logistics Diagnostic Analytics software allows for comprehensive performance and condition monitoring in real time in automated identification systems in intralogistics. Whether you are tracking individual objects on a conveyor belt or processing several million parcels per day in a plant: with SICK’s analysis software, you always have all the relevant data available at a glance.

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Material storage

Such great heights

Just-in-time production and lean production represent modern storage concepts that automatically ensure the replenishment of supplies and therefore actively support the production flow. SICK offers RFID and camera solutions to automatically order goods stored in Kanban racks or other smart-shelf solutions. However, many different sensor solutions are used in the storage and retrieval of materials in automated warehouse systems.

Automated storage

Automated warehouses are highly complex structures in which processes run at high speeds. Excellent sensors are required for everything to run seamlessly in these shuttle, small parts, or vertical warehousing systems. They assist in preventing collisions, overrunning, overfilling, incorrect positioning, or any downtime resulting from these. Including the perfect thorough checking of bays.

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Smart shelf

What goes out must come back in. This simple formula for the stock supply of bays can now be solved automatically by intelligent racks. Using intelligent camera, laser, and RFID solutions, they detect when products are removed or if something has been set incorrectly. The orders for the container levels, which are always correct, are also fully automated.

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Open-space storage

Sometimes material storage becomes a big deal. Be it feedstock materials or very large production equipment and machine tools, exceptional steel or wood constructions, or finished cars and other large end products. Everything that is stored in open spaces is also a part of the goods cycle and can be intelligently recorded and tracked. Mobile identification solutions, as well as localization solutions, help here – both inside and outside.

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Material loading and unloading

Always on time

The process of automation has no limits. Automation has therefore pervaded the entire production material flow in addition to incoming and outgoing deliveries, during picking processes, or buffer stores. Loading and unloading machines or means of transport represents an important interface between the sub-processes. Automation through the use of robots has now become common practice here too. Fluctuations in the production process are absorbed by buffer store and, thanks to increased transparency and monitoring in picking, downtime due to missing materials or production equipment can be avoided. SICK provides solutions for all three disciplines: robotics, buffer stores, and picking.

Robotics

Robots are reliable workers. But only with the correct work settings. SICK’s many machine vision solutions take care of this. Whether for permanently installed pick-and-place robots, packaging cobots, or automated palletizing by robots – robotic solutions are an indispensable part of functioning process chains. Along with the increased efficiency, the intelligent sensors allow for the safe collaboration of human and machine here, while maintaining a high degree of flexibility.

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Buffer storage

You can reduce or even completely avoid production downtime. To do so, it helps to consider and secure the spaces between individual production steps, namely between the machines. SICK also offers solutions for buffer stores. The material levels in the storage contains, among other things, are decisive for seamless processes in buffer stores. SICK’s TiM series, for instance, measures these filling levels according to individual requirements.

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Picking

A finished product is only as good as the sum of its parts. Or in other words: complete picking using code detection ensures that nothing is missing and that the correct part is available at the end. Depending on the reading requirement and code type, RFID read/write devices or fixed mount bar code scanners for manual or automated scanning are used. The corresponding sensors increase efficiency and improve ergonomics at the workplace for all types of picking stations.

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Material transport

Everything on the right track

The conveying equipment used is instrumental. Be it mobile platforms, industrial trucks, tugger trains, or conveyor belts: supplying production with new components and returning empty containers becomes highly efficient and flexible with the help of these transport technologies. LiDAR sensors, solutions for machine vision, and radar sensors make conveyor belts and autonomous, semi-autonomous, and manned vehicles in production safer. Using these, backlog incidents and production stops are avoided, obstacles on the vehicles’ routes are detected immediately and conveyor belts are monitored efficiently. And these solutions can also be complemented with load handling protection for incoming and outgoing deliveries.

Conveyors

Conveyor belts are a crucial part of production and logistics in some industries. Luckily, SICK also offers industry-specific consultation and solutions. We have different solutions to support identification, volume measuring, or presence monitoring, to name just a few areas. And, last but not least, safety solutions are also an important part of conveying equipment in intralogistics.

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Mobile platforms

Experience counts for a lot here. The modular solutions portfolio for mobile platforms now makes it possible to implement line guidance, navigation, positioning, environment perception, security, and load handling with ease. From automated guided vehicles (AGV) to specialized automated guided vehicle systems (AGV system), SICK’s sensor solutions address all the requirements related to mobile platforms and vehicles and offer flexibility you can experience.

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Industrial trucks

Safety controlled by people. In addition to automated mobile platforms and semi-automated guided vehicle systems, intelligent sensors also support drivers controlling transfer vehicles, manned forklift trucks, or narrow aisle trucks. A whole host of different sensors are used for contour or reflector-based navigation, for rough and fine positioning, for measuring and identifying, as well as for optical data transmission. All of this for improved safety – thanks to collision avoidance and position detection.

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