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.
Orientation for value creation
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.
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.