Our focus topics
Seamlessly networked: industrial communication and sensor integration
Networked production and control processes in complex machine environments determine the industrial future. Sensor intelligence is required for the highly complex process of converting physical signals into sensor information. Intelligent sensor systems are already being used to support dynamic industry processes involving real-time optimization and self-organization.
The rapid pace of progress in electronics and sensor technology is determining the level of innovation in mobile machines today. The manufacturers and users of agricultural and forestry, construction and mining machines as well as special and municipal vehicles are harnessing the potential of intelligent sensors.
The electronics industry is one of the driving forces behind industrial progress and therefore always experiences market changes very early on and very clearly. Product life cycles are becoming ever shorter and the quality requirements ever higher, which currently poses extraordinary challenges to the industry.
Batch size 1 and individualized mass products are the key aims of Industry 4.0. To make this a reality, a machine or plant must be able to handle variable product infeeds and adapt to different formats. Sensors and actuators make such adaptations possible. Any product size and shape can be produced flexibly on one machine.Find out more
The factories of tomorrow are increasingly set to blur the lines between humans and machines, with teams containing robots and people working side by side. This requires a different approach to safety – one that addresses the need to respond to a range of situations with flexibility.
Industry is currently facing the challenge of networking machines and overarching IT systems in production processes. The aim of this process is to gain an overview of all production and logistics processes along the entire supply chain, right through to order fulfillment and delivery to the customer. In this respect, it is essential to ensure that all available data is transparent so that goods can be produced individually to suit customer needs right down to batch size 1, or adapted to suit fluctuations in demand as flexibly and efficiently as possible.
Process parameters must be measured and monitored continuously in order to ensure optimized industrial processes that maintain a clean environment offering a high quality of life. On top of this, failures and faults in the process sequence have to be prevented. By using precise, reliable sensors and systems from SICK for analysis and process measurement technology, facility operators can achieve maximum measurement accuracy and safety in every area of process monitoring.
Reliable detection makes the difference
With new and more exceptional products in increasingly original packaging on the production line, sensors must also face new challenges every day in terms of reliable detection, counting, and positioning of objects and units.
Increase efficiency. Protect the environment. Intelligent sensors for environmentally friendly solutions
From production and logistics to emissions monitoring and energy recovery, intelligent SICK sensors can be found in every kind of application. They provide important data that makes it possible to use resources more efficiently and counteract hazards to people and the environment.
Seeing, detecting, understanding: Harnessing scanners and vision technology for industry
SICK’s innovative sensors are so rugged that they can withstand the harsh requirements of industrial contexts effortlessly. This ability to be used in industrial applications has always been an essential feature of camera-based sensor technology as well as laser-based detection and ranging solutions.
On the safe side: Reliably minimize risks with SICK
Using intelligent technology to protect machines and people or to prevent emissions leads to a safer and cleaner production – but it also creates competitive advantages thanks to more efficient processes and a reduction in downtime. These are investements providing benefits on a range of levels.