SICK AG, founded in Germany in 1946 by Dr. Erwin Sick, produces sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. Boasting more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies around the globe, this top technological pioneer is now one of the world's market leaders in its sector. So it isn't surprising that this market leader has its own vision of how processes will be in the future. Under the banner "Driving your industry 4ward", SICK AG is designing its very own smart factory, where batch sizes of one can be manufactured just as profitably as serial products on the same production line. This flexibility in production and logistics is all down to intelligent sensors. Having used the cloud to network programmable and self-learning cameras, reliable safety sensors for human-robot collaboration and end-to-end solutions for navigating autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs), SICK is implementing both Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 across the entire value chain.
The AGVs make logistics processes in the smart factory just as flexible as production itself. Everything runs smoothly thanks to autonomous navigation using track guidance sensors and grid and contour localization - in addition to intelligent collision prevention solutions. SICK's system solutions for efficient storage and conveyor technology also support logistics processes by identifying pallets automatically, bulk reading RFID tags, carrying out quality assurance and acquiring master data. To top it all off, the data obtained from all smart factory sensors is displayed and evaluated on a screen, giving users a continuous overview of logistics operations, production processes and key performance indicators.
SICK AG (40549 Dusseldorf, Germany)