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Transparent advantages: photoelectric sensors in heavy-duty operation

During peak periods, considerably more than one million glass bottles per day are produced on machines from Heye International in the glass container production unit of a glassworks. Detection and counting in the high-speed flow of bottles is not the only challenge for SICK’s WL12G-3 photoelectric...

Safety vital for efficient human-robot collaboration

The increasing individualization of products turns single units into a production batch that will be in demand with growing frequency in future. Production processes will have to be converted to cope with this. On the one hand, this means ensuring the necessary flexibility of production processes...

Digitally supported production with interoperable sensor communication

It is no secret that data are the basis for Industry 4.0. But what does this actually mean for real production processes? The vision of the smart factory, and the transparent flows of information necessary for it, is already presenting decision-makers with a wide range of challenges. As part of a...

Vision technology for Cobots

The interaction between humans and robots in the factory is growing steadily. The deployment of traditional industrial robots comes with big investments and requires lots of special skills. And once they are set up, they will do the same thing over-and-over again, for a very long time. Cobots on the...

Automated production logistics with automated guided vehicle systems

Automated and flexible production processes are the answer to increasing quantities, smaller batch sizes, and high production speeds. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and their smaller relatives, automated guided carts (AGCs), were once mainly the preserve of production logistics in the automotive...

Sensor intelligence in automotive production supports e-mobility

The automotive industry set new records again in 2016. It is booming in all industrial nations despite the geopolitical uncertainties. But the pressure on the automotive industry to change is constantly on the increase. e-mobility, digitalization and calls for modular and cost-optimized production...

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