Food and beverage
Achieving more with intelligent sensors
Hygiene-compliant sensor solutions for a wide variety of requirements
Production logistics get smart
Closing the circle - Sensor solutions in production logistics - even for the smallest spaces in production
Working together as equals
Sensor solutions for robotics
Humans and robots are working more closely together. Sensors help robots make more intelligent decisions and give them the ability to sense objects, the environment, or their own position. Thanks to sensors from SICK, robots perceive more precisely - the prerequisite for close collaboration. For all challenges in the field of robotics: Robot Vision, Safe Robotics, End-of-Arm Tooling, and Position Feedback.
Logistics gets smart
Greater efficiency in the entire supply chain
Companies are faced by a great challenge: acting as efficiently as possible. Material flows and intralogistics processes must be optimally coordinated with each other at all times. If there is a problem at one point, this impacts the entire value chain – and thus also competitiveness. Intelligent sensors and networked systems ensure efficient logistics processes as part of Industry 4.0.
Reliable sensor solutions for a safe food chain
Progress in food technology, the globalization of trade, and shifts in our eating habits have created new conditions for the production and consumption of food...
Sensor solutions for the food and beverage industry
There are particularly stringent hygiene requirements in this production area, which also have an effect on the packaging process. Sensor systems from SICK are used in dry and wet areas in these industries, and they cannot fail to impress with their extraordinarily high availability and flexibility. The user-friendliness of SICK sensors ensures reduced machine downtime during product changes.
Trends & news
Permanent control of continuous webs - so nothing goes wrong
In the consumer goods industry, especially in printing and packaging, the processing of continuous webs is a real challenge. Exact guidance of the material web, correct material tension in the machine and cutting the web at the right spot at the end are all essential for efficient and precise process results. SICK solutions help with every one of these process steps – for example with registration sensors or automation light grids which were made for such tasks.
Hygienic Sensor Solutions: Stainless steel makes processes safer
A hygienic system design – and in particular hygienic automation components – can minimize the contamination risks for products and communication risks for manufacturers: Germs and bacteria do not stand a chance against stainless-steel sensors and system solutions from SICK.
Tracing at item level using identification technology
A food product may be recalled for any number of reasons. As well as damaging the manufacturer’s reputation, these situations often come at tremendous expense, with costs rising as the whereabouts of the end products become less clear. Not to mention that time is of the essence when it comes to product recalls. With identification systems and integration technology, foodstuffs can be identified at any point as they make their way from the producer to the end customer, providing the option of tracing them in real time and at item level with the click of a mouse should a critical situation arise.
3D localization with the Belt Pick SensorApp for pick-and-place tasks
The ability to ensure hygienic primary packaging of sensitive open food is incredibly important within the food industry. This is why SICK is working with the robot manufacturer Stäubli to make this process possible within a robot cell. The TriSpectorP1000 3D vision sensor from SICK and the four axis FAST picker TP80 HE from Stäubli solve picking processes while the conveyor belt is in motion. 3D parts localization is implemented by the Belt Pick SensorApp and SICK AppSpace.
Flexible Automation – Detecting and Measuring
Differently sized products and individual customer requirements require flexible machines and a broad spectrum of intelligent sensors to detect objects and measure physical sizes. SICK's smart sensors feature automated teach-in and diagnostic capabilities, and make a significant contribution towards meeting these challenges. Predictive maintenance reduces downtimes. Smart Tasks provide process efficiency with the right information at the right time, directly from the sensor. This makes Industry 4.0 a reality.
Safety – Ensured
The modular construction of modern packaging machines and plants requires an intelligent and flexible safety concept. SICK safety solutions ensure the protection of personnel and machines, optimize production and reduce machine footprint requirements. Our central task is to develop and offer safety technology services which are standardized all over the world. These include commissioning, repair and modernization. As an accredited inspection center, SICK offers the inspection of protective measures worldwide in accordance with valid standards and regulations.
Quality Control – Monitoring and Controlling
In all areas of the packaging industry – whether it is pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverages, household goods, or hygiene – reliable quality is one of the key corporate targets. In order to ensure constant high quality with high throughput speeds on packaging machines, a quality control system is needed that meets the highest requirements. Whether it is standard sensor technology, complete systems or services, SICK offers state-of-the-art intelligent sensor solutions for all areas of the packaging industry. After all, quality is never an accident.
Track and Trace – Identification and Tracking
Reliable identification of objects is the foundation for traceability with serialization and aggregation and for continual quality improvement. In addition, complete system solutions are required for inventory management and reusability of returnable containers and packaging. To do so, SICK offers intelligent sensor solutions, ranging from compact devices that are easy to integrate, through configurable standalone solutions, and right the way up to programmable high-speed cameras. SICK calls on various technologies to ensure its integrated and mobile read devices can detect bar codes, 2D codes, and RFID.
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