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Rubber and plastics

Achieving more with intelligent sensors

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Ready-to-use safety solutions

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Safe and intelligent complete solutions tailored to your challenges - we offer the entire range. Boost your productivity through machine safety: From individual advice, planning, implementation right through to acceptance, we will manage the entire project for you.

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Smart Fluid Power

Sensors from SICK for hydraulic and pneumatic systems make all the difference

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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.

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Rubber and plastics
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Overview

Sensor solutions for the plastic and rubber industry

The rubber and plastics industry provides products to a multitude of other industrial sectors. In particular, the automotive, electronics, and household appliances industries, as well as the packaging industry have a significant influence on the development of this industrial sector. However the medical, sports, and toy industries also rely on rubber and plastics products. Various types of production processes and machines such as injection molding machines, extruders, film and foam systems, and thermoforming machines are used to serve this variety of industry requirements. Various materials such as granulates, liquids, and semi-finished products are processed in different, to some extent automated processes. Since production is done on a very large scale, the highest degree of efficiency and economy as well as quality and safety are required. With its industry and sensor expertise, SICK makes a significant contribution toward fulfilling these requirements.

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Quality control: Vision sensors prevent faulty production in injection molding machines

ARBURG is a global leader in the manufacture of high-quality injection molding machines. The company was looking for a solution that would detect incorrectly positioned inserts at an early stage and therefore prevent the production of defective parts for a machine with a vertically arranged clamping and injection unit.

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When machines can monitor themselves

Consistent quality, very few rejects, reliable part and batch tracking, added transparency: The use of vision sensors for quality control directly in the production process offers a number of benefits. Depending on the task at hand, you need to have the right vision solutions, which allow for quick and efficient integration into your machine.

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Challenges

Safety

Safe machines ensure high productivity. SICK offers the widest portfolio of safety solutions: marked by a high degree of integration in its controls and accompanied by an extensive range of services that includes consulting, commissioning, training and additional education.

Quality control

SICK offers the appropriate solution for all quality control applications: fiber-optic sensors to check that components are present in injection molding machines, displacement sensors for precise measurement of extruded profiles, vision sensors for in-line quality control and identify smart camera systems for high-end testing. This ensures that the high quality level demanded is achieved.

Track and trace

Marking with bar codes and Data Matrix codes is standard, but the properties of the products and material-handling environment mean that identification puts high requirements on code reading. SICK offers ideal industrial reading systems for the rubber and plastics industry, with easy integration, high durability and superior read rates, as well as the ability to get operations back up quickly in the event of a failure.

Flexible automation

Mass products that are produced in type-related large series require a high degree of automation in production. In addition, the wide variety of models keeps increasing, and thus the requirement for short changeover times, easy operation and minimal downtimes. Modern, intelligent sensors from SICK are able to store settings and feature automated teach-in and diagnostic capabilities, making a significant contribution towards meeting these challenges.

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