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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.

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Localization

Transparency beyond boundaries

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Industry 4.0 is picking up speed

Sensor solutions for mobile vehicles and carts

Student and teacher of flexibility all in one: Our modular solutions portfolio for mobile platforms now makes it possible to implement line guidance, localization, positioning, environment perception, security and load handling with ease.

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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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Retail and warehousing
Logistics gets smart
Localization
Industry 4.0 is picking up speed
Working together as equals

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Overview

Sensor solutions for retail and warehousing

Retail is undergoing a rapid transformation. Bricks-and-mortar merchants are successfully operating additional sales channels, and online merchants are investing in expanding their store sales. A big challenge that all have to overcome is efficient omni-channel logistics. Warehouses which have primarily supplied retail stores with pallet shipments up to now have since turned into fulfillment centers, thereby taking over all order processing. These centers can send e-commerce orders directly to customers, process online sales, deliver goods for store pick-up and also assume the complete material planning for stores. This makes the ordering process much more complex. This not only includes extensive order picking, but also efficient and accurate forwarding, tracking and processing of goods throughout the entire material flow. That is why flexible and scalable logistics processes are now essential. However, increased flexibility can only be achieved through greater networking and the associated exchange of information. And this networking can be implemented with the help of smart, rugged sensors that record reality in the form of data. Sensor technology and sensor intelligence are drivers of process changes because they allow opportunities for improvement to be recognized more quickly and solutions to be implemented immediately.

Challenges

Measurement

Light grids, LiDAR sensors, and camera systems as well as scales measure distances, overhangs, dimension profiles, packing volumes, and object weights. The information provided by these devices increases efficiency and process reliability, even for important storage and conveying tasks.

Identification

The automated identification of products is a key task in storage and conveyor applications. SICK has not only mastered all the main technologies in the field of automated identification, but also poses the right questions to ensure the right products for the task are selected from its technology portfolio (RFID, laser-based fixed mount bar code scanners, and image-based code readers).

Protection

SICK offers an extensive range of sensors, systems, solutions and services for ensuring safety requirements are met in compliance with applicable laws and standards. This portfolio ensures the efficient protection of hazardous areas, robots and mobile platforms, offering very high plant availability and high productivity.

Networking and integration

Quick and easy access to information and a consistent diagnostic concept are important strategic advantages. Our intelligent sensor solutions and safety controllers offer a variety of integration technologies, which provide access (from HMI, PLC and engineering tools) to the data supplied by our sensors.

Trends & news

Indoor and outdoor localization: Full transparency in the material flow

Logistics processes are becoming more complex every day. Transparency is therefore increasingly becoming a decisive requirement for raising the efficiency and productivity of logistical processes. Against the backdrop of transport processes in internal production, mounting and distribution logistics which are becoming steadily more flexible, modular and self-organizing, promptly answering the question of exactly where industrial trucks, transport aids and goods will be located at what time is essential. One option which has already been proven in practice: The localization and analysis technologies from SICK.

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Deep learning is the future for increased efficiency

Machines are learning to think. Deep learning is a machine learning technique – and the most significant future technology in artificial intelligence. SICK transfers this key technology to its sensors, offering customers added value for greater productivity and flexibility.

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Sensors control the collaborative robots of the future

The ongoing development of small, powerful and flexibly positionable robots that can collaborate with humans is progressing in leaps and bounds. The sensors from SICK are an important component in this. Sensor intelligence plays a vital role not only in orienting and positioning mobile cobots but also in reliably monitoring their surroundings. Lightweight cobots that are transported to their working position on automated guided vehicles and autonomously position themselves are the newest development in this area. These cobots are making fence-free and flexible work an increasingly standard feature in robotics and a new foundation for functional automation.

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Monitoring and evaluating data to make the right decisions

In high-volume distribution centers, sensors record and communicate large quantities of logistics data every day. The real challenge, however, lies in compiling and interpreting that data. SICK’s Package Analytics software aggregates this data to help you visualize all SICK sensor data so you can make timely and informed decisions for your logistics operations.

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