Wherever access or danger areas need to be reliably and cost-effectively protected, SICK safety systems are in demand. State-of-the-art sensor technology, modular design, compact dimensions and a broad range of applications form the basis for safe and efficient manufacturing processes. SICK's comprehensive expertise in the planning, implementation and operation of safety systems has made them number one in this sector.
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The ConVer quality control system checks whether boxes or containers have been filled correctly and include all the required contents.
With their seven different housing types, the GR18 range of cylindrical photoelectric sensors are suited to both space-saving and flexible-mounting solutions.
The LFP Inox is a CIP-/SIP-resistant TDR level sensor designed for the food and beverage industry, offering level monitoring in hygienic applications.
The LFP Cubic TDR level sensor has no mechanical moving parts and has a manually cuttable and exchangeable monoprobe with lengths from 200 up to 2000 mm.
The PBS is an electronic pressure switch, pressure transmitter and display all in one device that covers a wide range of pressure measuring ranges from 0-1 up to 0-600 bar.
The Bulkscan LMS511 uses time-of-flight technology for non-contact measurement of volume flow on conveyor belts.
The DeltaPac photoelectric sensor from Sick enables objects to be reliably detected in a gapless product flow.
The IVC-3D is a smart 3D camera that is specially designed for harsh environments. It combines imaging, lighting and analysis in a single, robust, stainless steel housing. It is suitable for a wide range of applications in the food and beverage industry. The hygienic, IP67-rated design is easy to clean, and ECOLAB certified to be resistant to aggressive cleaning agents and disinfectants.
Sick has introduced a high-speed 3D camera with high-quality colour capability. By measuring both the 3D shape and the colour of parts, more reliable decisions can be made to allow production plants to improve their up-time, throughput, and product quality. The ColorRanger E replaces the need for several different cameras for the same task, which reduces the solution cost and complexity.
The Lector 620 series image-processing code reader is suitable for all code types and marking methods. It features compact design, industry-compatible integration into different IT environments, intuitive operation and good reading performance for product traceability and protection against product counterfeiting. Variant types in the series include: Eco as the basic variant, Standard as the device for rapid implementation of universal applications, and High Speed for high-speed solutions.
The CLV6xx bar-code scanner platform offers scan frequencies up to 1200 Hz for conveying speeds of up to 6 m/s, permitting a customised solution for different identification problems. Various CLV6xx devices are also available as a variant with oscillating mirrors. Because of the processor technology used, the devices also feature performance reserves that allow reliably high reading rates even with a view to growing future demands.
The C4000 Palletizer Advanced safety light curtain meets the demands of Performance Level ‘e’ according to EN ISO 13849 and SIL3 in line with IEC 61508. The C4000 Palletizer Advanced provides the possibility of human-material differentiation without supplementary muting components, and tolerance of object detection in a variety of detection situations, such as differing pallet loads, and strapping bands or foil projecting into the monitored field.
The OD Value series displacement sensors offer four different measurement ranges from 26-34 mm to 60-180 mm and resolutions between 2 and 30 µm. The devices are capable of precisely measuring the position of bright, dark or highly reflective objects.
The MZT8, MZ2Q and MPS series magnetic cylinder sensors are designed to meet the needs of numerous automation requirements that use pneumatic cylinders.
The LFV and the LBV vibrating fork limit switches utilise piezoelectric measurement technology and exploit the damping properties of liquids and powdered bulk materials. The electronics of the LFV evaluate frequency changes while, in the case of the LBV, the rise or fall in amplitude determines whether a switching signal is transmitted.
The miniTwin safety light curtain has been designed for tasks in which a machine's risk analysis demands the greatest possible level of protection - Performance Level pl e according to EN ISO 13849-1, or SIL3 in compliance with IEC 61508 or the sector standard EN 62061.
The RFH620 RFID system is designed to be a solution for intralogistics, with an integrated antenna, high transmission rates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, and openness for differing fieldbus environments and IT structures.
The Inspector I20 is a 2D vision sensor with integrated lighting that allows easy replacement of optical lenses for different distances and fields of view while maintaining a high enclosure rating (IP67). This, together with integrated lighting, makes the Inspector I20 suitable for both end users and system integrators who want to solve a large number of different applications using only one kind of device.
The V18V standard and MH15V short cylindrical photoelectric switches and the inductive sensors of the IMF series are characterised by enclosure ratings of IP69K according to DIN 40050, material resistance tested and certified by ECOLAB and JohnsonDiversey, and industry-oriented mounting and connection solutions. They are suitable for automation solutions for production, handling, packaging and filling of solids or liquids, as well as pharmaceutical products.
Sick has released a range of photoelectric switches and photoelectric proximity switches in which pinpoint LED technology concentrates energy on a smaller area and increases the intensity of the light spot.
The OS2000 is a certified-safe laser scanner system for outdoor use. It combines the hardware and software of the Sick LMS outdoor laser measurement system with the safety level of the UE4470 safe programmable logic controller, which is certified as a safety component within the sense of the Machine Directive. Typical application examples of the system solution, which received approval from TÜV Rhineland, include door and gate protection, cranes, manned and unmanned vehicles, waterway structures such as bascule bridges or locks, and rail or conveyor systems.
The AFM60 absolute multiturn encoder from Sick Stegmann has improved ruggedness and 30-bit resolution. Its smaller brother, the AFS60 absolute single-turn encoder, provides a resolution of 18 bits.
The Ax20 array sensor has a high-resolution line array that allows objects to be detected with a repeatable accuracy of 50 Âµm. It is suitable for detecting edges, inspecting material thicknesses, counting parts or determining positions.
The DT50 series measuring and switching distance sensors have been designed for medium ranges of up to 10 m. They exhibit a 20 ms response time, 1 mm resolution and 10 mm accuracy.
The WLL190T-2 fibre-optic photoelectric switch from Sick has two programmable switching thresholds per device, an additional analog output and a response time of 60 µs. Together with over 80 different fibre-optic cables in the Sick LL3 series, it is suitable for those tasks where little mounting space is available, the sensor head (ie, the fibre-optic cable) must be adapted to meet the needs of the application, or the sensor (as an evaluation unit) must be installed at a distance to the objects to be detected - due to EMC, high temperatures or chemical effects.
The ICR803 is an omnidirectional code reader in a compact housing. It is intended for applications in which objects must be identified in any alignment but there is only limited mounting space for the reading device.
The M12 standard is currently the predominant standard as far as actuator and sensor wiring is concerned in the machine installation area. There are now many different M12 systems with quick-lock connectors on the market. However, most of these systems do not have a quick-lock connector that can be used with standard sensors.
The IVC-3D 30 smart camera has been specially designed to view small and miniature parts, while the IVC-3D 300 focuses on large objects such as loaded pallets - thus, they are suitable, for example, as sensors for the visual guidance of robots. Like all the other IVC-3D systems, the new versions also leave the factory already calibrated. These smart cameras are also quickly ready for operation as data output takes place in mm.
The VMS 520 Volume Measurement System consists of two sensor heads that are mounted on a vibration-proof gantry frame.
The IN 300 and IN 3000 series are inductive systems whose optional cubic or cylindrical sensors detect the presence of metal. Integration of the manual restart and external device monitoring functions in the evaluation modules of the IN series bring about considerable savings in safety relays, as three (IN 300) or six (IN 3000) sensors can be connected to each module.
The ultrasonic proximity switch UPL 200 of SNT Sensortech-nik AG is designed for de-tection in the close range up to 200 mm.
Ultrasonic sensors are used in industry and process automation for measure-ment of distance, level and proximity. They are suitable for detection of objects with very different surfaces and materials, as well as under difficult environmental conditions such as dust, dirt, fog, bright light.
Predicting the convergence of industrial systems with the power of advanced computing, analytics, low-cost sensing and new levels of internet connectivity, Industry 4.0 promises to be the next great step in industrial advancement.
Bioenergy, produced by biomass and biogas combustion, is the world’s most common form of renewable energy production. It is a carbon-fuel energy source, but the difference when compared to coal and natural gas is that the fuel is captured from the earth’s biosphere, making it a carbon-neutral process if the fuel is supplied from a renewable source.
Monitoring and measuring the emissions of all process plants can give an indication of the levels of pollution being exhausted into the atmosphere and, as importantly, the degree of efficiency of the plant. In many cases, if the plant efficiency is improved, the emission of pollution is significantly reduced; win-win for everyone.
Machine vision is a branch of engineering that uses cameras in the context of process control. Images are collected and analysed and the data extracted used for controlling an automated process or action.