4.0 NOW – SICK will be fully networked at the Hannover Messe 2019


The time has arrived: Industry 4.0 is happening now. SICK will show what this looks like at the Hannover Messe 2019 from 1 to 5 April 2019 with a live stream from the 4.0 NOW Factory in Freiburg. The official motto of the Hannover Messe is “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence”, or in a nutshell: “Industry 4.0 meets AI”. An invitation that is too good to miss. That is why SICK will take the opportunity to show the progress we have already made NOW on the path to a completely networked and autonomous value chain.

By definition, data is the foundation of functioning Industry 4.0 applications. It is the prerequisite for complete networking of development, production, logistics, customers and partners. Machines, workpieces, shelves, containers and shuttles become intelligent objects that supply data in real time and exchange information. As a result, production and intralogistics are merged into a digital, global unit.

At the Hannover Messe, SICK will show a fully automated use case at its stand, consisting of various exhibits and dashboards as well as a live stream from the 4.0 NOW Factory in Freiburg. Visitors will therefore be given an overview of all the already implemented aspects of an automated, optimized and flexible value chain.



Directly to the 4.0 NOW Factory

The SICK highlight at the trade fair is also a premiere. With the live stream to the 4.0 NOW Factory in Freiburg, SICK will raise the curtain on completely networked and automated production. Visitors can experience live all the things that are already happening today. All data is collected here in the cloud in real time and ensures maximum transparency. The result is a virtual representation of production. The most important performance indicators are visualized for visitors in the form of a cloud-based dashboard. Curtain up for NOW.


Total transparency – an app for localization

The whole value-added process is made transparent by localization and thus visualization of all productive assets, load carriers and loading aids. From material procurement through to delivery of a finished product, this provides the capability for a host of optimizations. Travel paths can thus be optimally designed, routes dynamically adapted, service intervals planned based on consumption, storage spaces managed fully automatically or goods movements monitored. SICK will present this entire technology portfolio of hardware and software solutions for localization at the Hannover Messe.


Artificial intelligence in the cloud

The main theme of the trade fair, artificial intelligence, can be found at SICK in integration of deep learning algorithms in software for image analysis and processing. This allows realization of solutions for complex tasks in production applications in order to automatically detect, check or classify objects. In Hannover, a camera will detect the quality of a piece of wood by the number of age rings independently of the wood type, for example. The special feature of the SICK solution: the artificial intelligence calculates the new solution in the cloud, and the new algorithms generated from this are made available locally on the sensor directly in the camera in a fail-safe way. In this way, deep learning in the cloud becomes deep deployment in the camera



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Bernhard Müller 

Senior Vice President Industry 4.0

Dal 2009, Bernhard Müller fa parte della Dirigenza di SICK AG ed è qui che, da luglio 2015, è responsabile del tema Industry 4.0. Per oltre 25 anni ha lavorato con la classificazione del trasferimento dati nelle reti mondiali di diversi provider di telefonia. La comunicazione connessa lo accompagna sin dai suoi studi in Elettrotecnica e, successivamente, come amministratore delegato di diverse imprese.



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