Technical Articles

SICK has published these technical articles:

(Machine Vision Equipment)
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For decades, LiDAR technology has been used as an effective means of detection and ranging in various settings and industries. But what exactly is it and where did it come from? LiDAR is an acronym ,...
(Robotics)
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In 2020, the robotics industry shows no sign of slowing down. In 2018, the International Federation of Robotics estimated that global robot installations surpassed 400,000 units per year. As this...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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A common problem with some indoor AGVs is that sometimes using just a safety-rated sensor, like a safety laser scanner, doesn't provide enough coverage, particularly above the laser scan plane. But...
(Technical Publications and Standards)
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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provides national standards to achieve the safety of people working with industrial equipment. The ANSI B11 Standards series provides details on...
(Technical Publications and Standards)
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Risk reduction measures for machine safeguarding should always be taken to achieve the safety of people working with industrial equipment. The latest version of the American National Standard ANSI...
(Sensor Transmitters)
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This year's first place winner of SICK's TiM$10K Challenge consisted of six seniors from Texas A&M University. Mason Kleinecke, Harrison Vickers, Sophie Tullos, Hannah Wang, Kyler Christian, and Yan...
(Automotive Equipment and Products)
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First place team of SICK's TiM$10K Challenge creates product to automate the process of road maintenance for local governments...
(Robotics)
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Workplace safety and productivity go hand-in-hand. And while manually operated material handling equipment can undergo a great deal of wear-and-tear for a variety of reasons, many are turning to...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Warehouses that used to focus on replenishing retail stores with pallet-sized shipments have transformed into fulfillment centers adept at shipping e-commerce orders direct to consumers and store...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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With the production of large equipment and machines, a safe and productive work environment is crucial to success. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) build large machines and supply equipment,...
(Robotics)
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For the second year, students from around the United States submitted projects for SICK's TiM$10K Challenge. With each project, students develop industry-changing products using LiDAR technology from...
(Specialty Software)
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As machines learn to think, SICK's deep learning technology helps machines analyze large quantities of data...
(Sensor Transmitters)
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DRIVING YOUR INDUSTRY 4WARD - sensor intelligence as the foundation of Industry 4.0 The precondition for any industrial change is technological progress. The data-based, networked, and autonomous...
(Gas Sensing)
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The new FLOWgate™ operating software for all FLOWSIC ultrasonic gas flow meters and ultrasonic gas flow measuring devices from SICK links diagnostic data quickly and intelligently and presents...
(Communication Devices)
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This white paper describes the value chain in the electronics industry. The value chain encompasses the manufacturing of semiconductor chips based on silicon wafers and electronic components like...
(Gas Sensing)
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Protecting the oil that food products are fried in is essential in keeping operation costs down while still providing customers with high quality products A great deal of maintenance is required by...
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Guidelines for Mounting Pressure Transmitters and Switches When Process Temperature Exceeds Published Limits Extend Pressure Measurement into High Temperature Applications GUIDELINES FOR MOUNTING...
(Machines)
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Safe machinery provides legal protection for both manufacturer and user. Machine users expect to be offered only safe machinery or devices. This expectation exists worldwide. There are also...
(Level Sensing)
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Need a safety laser scanner? See if the microScan3 or nanoScan3 works better for you!...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, whether you're ready for it or not. Systems are becoming more complex and the use of safety over networks is more common than ever before. Implementing...
(RF, Microwave, and Wireless Components)
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Used as a stand-alone or as a complementary technology to camera and laser-based data capture, Radio-Frequency Identification technologies such as passive UHF offer an increasingly affordable and...
(Specialized Industrial Products)
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LiDAR Localization software uses measurement data from safety laser scanners as a supplement to magnetic and optical tracking guidance technologies...
(Linear Position Sensing)
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Intelligent fluid power sensors are used in automated part handling, injection molding, hydraulic presses, and CNC machines to monitor important real-time control functions....
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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Machine safety in the production of automotive parts is critical to maintaining a productive and safe environment. With body assembly, integrators, and powertrain manufacturing, the safety needs may...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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Machine safety in the production of automotive parts is critical to maintaining a productive and safe environment. With body assembly, integrators, and powertrain manufacturing, the safety needs may...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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As the electronics industry continually changes and expands, safety standards must also keep pace with the rapid growth. To maintain safety standards, electronics manufacturers use safety circuit...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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In the manufacturing of tires, there are a lot of moving parts needed to run an efficient and productive operation. As a result, safety is of utmost importance to protect workers from machinery and...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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In the manufacturing of tires, there are a lot of moving parts needed to run an efficient and productive operation. As a result, safety is of utmost importance to protect workers from machinery and...
(Proximity or Presence Sensing)
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As many manufacturers begin to reopen plants across the country as lockdown measures begin ease, ensuring the safety of workers is critical. From appropriate personal protective equipment to...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from the manufacturer Transolt move about its customers' warehouses as if by magic. There's nothing supernatural at play here, of course, but AGVs do possess a certain...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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SICK has now added a new service called Machine Safety Prioritization. It provides a quantitative assessment of the current status of machine safeguarding at your facilities. The information gathered...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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The future is here and Industry 4.0 applications have become a reality. The reliable control of mobile platforms is an important part of this development. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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Following in the footsteps of Google, Pierre Legendre and Benjamin Loize caught the start-up bug in 2015 and focused their energies fully on innovation. Both worked as engineers at U GIE-IRIS in...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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Sometimes it seems as if safety and automation work against one another, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. With the influx of automated machinery, end-of-line packaging plants have...
(Gas Sensing)
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The maritime industry is highly important to the transport of vital goods across the world's oceans. Around 80 percent of the volume of international trade in goods is transported by sea, according to...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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The semiconductor industry has grown rapidly, requiring safety standards to keep pace. Revising safety standards is crucial to protecting individuals who interact with automated technology and...
(Specialized Industrial Products)
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If you order a tequila sunrise on the rooftop terrace in the luxury hotel TownHouse Duomo in Milan, you will not get your drink served by a bartender made of flesh and blood, but rather from Toni, the...
(Vision and Color Sensing)
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How 3D snapshots with the Visionary-T can ensure smooth docking of pallets and dollies in warehouses and distribution centers...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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Mobile platforms are known by many names - automated guided vehicles (AGVs), autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), or automated guided carts (AGCs) - but they all have one thing in common: they are...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Much like other industries, the automotive industry is changing. With the increase in the variety of vehicle models, variants, and derivatives being produced and the shorter product life cycles in the...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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Maintain a productive and safe workplace by conducting a virtual risk assessment to ensure machine safety A safe work environment is one of the keys to maintaining a productive workplace. On top of...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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As the electronics industry continually changes and expands, safety standards must also keep pace with the rapid growth. To maintain safety standards, electronics manufacturers use safety circuit...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Highlighting TiM$10K Project Submissions from Students at Texas A&M University...
(Safety Sensors and Switches)
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To protect personnel from automated machinery, opto-electric protective deices, such as safety light curtains, can be used. SICK's deTec4 safety light curtains provide top quality protection....
(Gas Sensing)
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The TERSA Group, a publicly-owned environmental management company, has a new Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant designed for handling municipal waste generated in Sant Adrià del Besòs, Barcelona. This plant...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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Answering Your Questions about Physical Barriers as Addressed in Updated ANSI B11.19 Standard...
(Robotics)
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Four students from Michigan Technological University participated in SICK’s TiM$10K Challenge for the 2020-2021 school year. Travis Momsen, Alex Langerak, Jared Smith, and Adam Misch created a...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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The human eye can't tell the difference from a water droplet or dust particle. Measuring instruments that specialize in measuring dust concentrations in wet gas help with this. However, not all dust...
(Robotics)
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According to the USDA, 88 percent of American farms are classified as “small” and only 41 percent of small farmers make a profit each year, leaving the rest failing to break even and...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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The health science division of the world’s largest food company, Nestlé, offers specialized products for people with specific nutritional requirements. For example, sip feeding and...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Imerys Fused Minerals Laufenburg, a global-leading supplier of minerals-based custom solutions, equipped a Linde forklift truck from the company Schöler Fördertechnik with SICK’s...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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DS Smith, a worldwide leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, paper products, and recycling services, needed to upgrade an end-of-line monitoring solution to automate a labor-intensive...
(Robotics)
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For many years, the use of robots in production was an image you encountered primarily in the automotive industry. Behind high fences, giant robot arms assembled heavy parts. Now, robots have changed,...
(Air Quality)
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The reduction of environmentally harmful emissions, especially the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2), is a central concern of climate policy. Energy from solar, wind, and hydropower, among others,...
(Vision and Color Sensing)
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On many farms, crop growth is monitored through a sampling process where small sections of crops are measured, and the data is extrapolated to unsampled areas. The team from Texas A&M University...
(Engineering Services)
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So you’re ready to tackle a digital transformation project in your facility, but what’s the best way to start? Well, look no further: SICK has your back from beginning to end as a single...
(Robotics)
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For intralogistics of the future, Schiller intralogistics automation and SICK are collaborating on a platform solution for a modular indoor/outdoor vehicle fleet. This fleet is made up of autonomous...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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Quality assurance through programmed imaging: this sounds like a job for SICK sensors. The German company RIBE Anlagentechnik develops innovative assembly systems, including inspection systems, for...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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SICK Australia sales engineer Kevin Zarczynski was on-site within hours of receiving a call from Aztro, Australia's leading supplier of labeling machines. He knew he needed to help come up with a...
(Material Handling Equipment)
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The logistics industry requires reliable and accurate dimensioning of objects in retail and warehousing, storage, conveyor, and intralogistics applications. Accurate measurements are required for...
(Additional Sensor Transmitters)
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According to the National Interagency Coordination Center, 10.3 million acres of land in the United States were lost due to wildfires in 2020, which is the second most acreage impacted since the year...
(Proximity or Presence Sensing)
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German welding manufacturer Lorch Schweißtechnik is continuously setting new technological standards in the market. This is evident in the electric arc welding systems it manufactures for...
(Robotics)
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Within semiconductor manufacturing, robotics provides a lot of assistance in the day-to-day work within the production process and in cleanrooms. Line-guided, stationary, or mobile: autonomous...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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With complex regulations, demanding technical implementation, and meticulous documentation, machine safety can be a real challenge. Many top machine builders rely on collaboration with external...
(Industrial Machine Safeguarding)
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Flexi Compact utilizes EtherCAT backplane communication to provide faster response times and to ensure efficient machine operation. Its cutting edge, high-speed technology reduces a safety response to...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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This isn’t just any old robot face-off…it’s a face-off of the SNOWbots! ION has put on the Autonomous Snowplow Competition for the past twelve years, calling all local, national,...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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How do you unlock the full potential of robotics? And do so without adding complications for the end user? Pair Yaskawa robots with SICK’s vision technology. SICK’s vision system, PLOC2D,...
(Gas Sensing)
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Electricity, water, and heat are such a part of our everyday lives that we only notice them when they are gone. Energy suppliers ensure that we have a consistently high quality of life with these...
(Additional Sensor Transmitters)
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TGW Robotics, based in Stephanskirchen, Bavaria, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Austrian TGW Logistics Group. As specialists for robotics applications connected to logistics processes, the...
(Sensor Transmitters)
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Manufacturers are on a digital transformation journey toward the smart factory. Smart manufacturing is a flexible system that can self-optimize performance across a network, self-adapt to and learn...
(Vision and Color Sensing)
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Loading, washing, unloading, drying, ironing. Rinse and repeat. It’s an endless cycle in the laundry business. The cleaning professionals at Rosa Toifl in Vienna, Austria are constantly picking...
(Machines)
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The Hermes Standard is a modern machine-to-machine communication protocol, tailor-made for PCB assembly lines. As a member of The Hermes Standard Initiative with an extensive track and trace...
(Robotics)
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Loading and unloading is the core business of mobile robots and the company Braun Sondermaschinen GmbH has developed a mobile robot that can do this autonomously....
(Additional Sensor Transmitters)
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Depending on a system’s capacity and location, solar power plants can supply entire regions with environmentally-friendly energy all day long. Operating entities strive to work with a high...
(Machine Vision Equipment)
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In this quick Q&A, SICK’s Director of Market Product Management, Steve Aamodt, walks us through the evolution of fenceless safety....
(Gas Sensing)
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Electricity from renewable sources is subject to strong fluctuations and cannot be stored. This requires numerous workarounds, including the use of green power to create hydrogen, which is transported...