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Achieving more with intelligent sensors

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Sensor intelligence in the networked factory

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Ready-to-use safety solutions

Join those who have taken the path to more productivity and safety

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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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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Smart Fluid Power

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

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Overview

Achieving more with intelligent sensors

SICK has been shaping the machine tool industry for decades with its innovative and smart sensor solutions. Whether in individual machines or automated production cells, SICK's “Sensor Intelligence” helps make machines and systems safer, faster, and more flexible for a wide range of production requirements. There is an easy way of achieving complete machine safety with a consistent concept comprising reliable sensors and safe controls that operate in accordance with applicable standards. Selecting the optimum sensors enables you to intelligently automate production processes involving a wide range of application requirements. What's more, the monitoring of production quality is integrated in the process. This is where SICK uses its comprehensive industry and sensor expertise to produce ideal solutions.

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deTec HG

In the machine tool industry, there are strict machining requirements on the resistance of the components used to chemicals in the form of coolants, lubricants and cleaning agents. The deTec HG safety light curtains from SICK therefore have a front screen made of hardened glass. This ensures maximum reliability and a long service life even in extreme conditions, making this product even more economically efficient.

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Smart sensors - information suppliers for Industry 4.0

Smart Sensors generate and receive data and information which goes beyond traditional switching signals or measured process parameters. They therefore enable substantial increases in efficiency, more flexibility, and better planning security for preventative system maintenance. Depending on the requirement, Smart Sensors cover up to four dimensions of smart sensing.

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Challenges

Flexible automation

The trend for small lot sizes and the fulfillment of individual customer requirements dictate the need for enhanced flexibility and also efficient production. A multitude of sensors and solutions from SICK, comprising a range of designs, functions, and modes of operation, play a decisive role in meeting this requirement.

Safety

The interaction between man and machine and the harsh ambient conditions that can sometimes be present pose particular challenges with respect to safety technology in the machine tools industry. With this in mind, SICK offers an exceptionally broad portfolio of safety solutions, all of which are characterized by how well they can be integrated in your control system. This is also accompanied by a comprehensive service package which includes consultation, commissioning, training, and education.

Quality control

SICK offers the matching solution for all quality control applications: Photoelectric proximity sensors to check that materials are present in the production process, distance sensors for precise measurement of workpieces, vision sensors to monitor production features, and 3D vision systems for high-end testing. This ensures that the high quality level demanded is achieved.

Track and trace

For automated production processes, workpiece-specific production data is supplied using bar codes on a document. This can then be scanned to enable the corresponding machine programs to be converted automatically. It must be possible for suppliers (e.g., in the automotive industry) to uniquely trace the components they have manufactured. SICK provides practical solutions for these requirements: Stationary code reading systems, mobile bar code scanners, and RFID solutions.

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