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Sensors are the essenti
locally-gathered intelligence has been fully-enabled by technology
oday’s automated production and logistics environments with flexible, high-throughput production, rapid product changeovers, and high levels of customer-led product customisation would be unachievable and uneconomic without a myriad of sensors to optimise productivity.
To meet these needs, sensors can be almost infinitely varied to suit the application and are often the result of collaborative development with end - users. Photoelectric sensors are now able to simply detect any obj
bject, in virtually
any industrial automation application. Relentless product development is resulting in solutions to customer challenges all over the world in
industries as diverse as automotive, to packaging, pharmaceuticals to food, mining to metalworking.
To achieve this, global manufacturers like SICK have found reli able ways to detect even the most difficult-to-see obj
bjects such as transparent, semi-
transparent, uneven and highly reflective objects such as glass and plastics in bottling plants, or foil blisters used in pharmaceutical packaging.
Sick sensor intelligence has come of age
SMAR SENSORS FOR
SMART SENSORS FOR A SMAR FACTORYCTORY
At the same time sensors have become ‘smart’ - capable of supplying far more than a simple switching signal to the factory control system. With powerful chip technology packed into ever more miniature devices, complex data processing tasks are capable of being completed on-board the sensor unit itself, rather than relying on remote processing via the HMI or PLC. All this
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Sick sensor intelligence has come of age
Advanced ‘smart’ functions that have already been developed include a high- speed counter, timer, false tripping suppression, a speed and acceleration monitor and a time-based measurement function to identify products for sortation and picking.
SELEC ION CRI ERIA SELECTION CRITERIA
With such a huge array of choice, how do end users and machine builders alike select the right sensor for their needs? For any engineer, the first priority is optimumreliability with minimum downtime. Our product development teams in Germany work to internal test standards that set the bar far higher than general market expectations or regulations.
At the same time, we want to make life as easy as possible for the engineer through devices that are quick to install, and easy to teach, without needing specialist skills to programor
commission. Once installed, they are easily adjusted to suit changes in
production and able to be easily replaced, when needed.
By wo king with a smar t sensor partner, end- users and machine
By working with a smarr sensor partner, end- users and machine
builders albuilders alike can expectike can expect wide choice, ease of
wide choice, ease of iintegration and optimum
ntegration and optimum productivitproductivity
developments such as IO-link, Ethernet and other fieldbus connectivity. Smart sensors can achieve quicker, more efficient process control and increase the productivity of machines, removing time-consuming
communication bottlenecks between sensors and the PLCs. The processed data and resulting actions can bemade
available for recording, safety, traceability and quality control purposes to be overseen at the central systemlevel.
"Sm rt sensors can achieve quicker, p"
"Smart sensors can achieve quicker efficient process control"
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INDUSTRY 4. 0
Sensors are the essential building blocks of Industry 4.0; the glue that holds together automated production environments. Accordi g to Davi Hannaby, SICK UK productm
the glu that h lds together autom ted production environments. According to David Hannaby, SICK UK product manager for presence detection, sensors have undergone a quiet revolution to enable unprecedented data sharing and connectivity
ger for presence
detecti n, sensors have undergone a qui revol tion to enabl unprecedented da ta shari and connectivity
Sensors have developed to fit easily into every machine application and production environment with a range of housing shapes, sizes and materials and wide-ranging options for cable connection and inst allation .
CUS OMISATION CUSTOMISATION
Customadaptations can be made to address specific obj
principles, as well as to deal with the type of material, surface, shape of the object being detected. It may be a case of adapting to integrat for electrical integra
tion, such as system e into a machine, or
defaults or data protocols.
The option of flexible sensor adjdjustment via the automation systemis a particular benefit formachines which frequently switch between formats, configurations, or product variants. The ability to download parameters directly froma control systemto any number of sensors simultaneously saves time, prevents errors and can be documented at any point .
SEAMLESS SEAMLESS AVAILABIL AILABILITY
Everyday automation challenges centre on maintaining seamless availability, reliability and high performance at ever greater throughput speeds, while accommodating increasing product variation and customisation. Engineers must manage all this while achieving greater data sharing and connectivity between machines and across
departmental and company boundaries. By working with a smart sensor partner, end-users andmachine builders alike ca n expect wide choice, ease of integration and optimumproductivity. They can also lay down solid foundations for the Industry 4.0 environment of the future.
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