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Обзор решений

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Concise description

SICK safety laser scanners monitor the aisle of rail-guided elevator transport vehicles for air freight at the airport in Durban, South Africa.

Task

ICM Airport Technics GmbH in Viernheim, Germany, a member of the Unitechnik Group, specializes in the implementation of manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic transport solutions in and around airports. For one customer, the Dube Tradeport Company at the King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa, ICM was looking for a solution to protect rail-guided ETVs (Elevator Transfer Vehicles). Integrated into an overall material handling solution, the vehicles transport air-freight containers and pallets. With speeds of up to 2.5 m/s and a total weight of nearly seven metric tons, they are potentially hazardous to people and objects in their aisle. The customer needed a solution to eliminate those hazards without impairing the availability and performance of the transport vehicles. SICK successfully provided ICM with a reliable, easily integrated and economical safety solution.

Implementation

SICK safety laser scanners ensure safe operation of automatic air freight transport vehicles

With safety laser scanners (S3000), SICK was able to recommend the optimum safety solution for the problem. With an invisible laser field, the devices monitor the area in front of and behind the vehicle. One scanner is installed in each direction of travel. The safety of all driving situations is ensured thanks to the four configurable warning and protective fields, which can be adjusted according to the current speed in any given situation. Whenever an obstacle is detected, the scanner signals slow down the vehicle to crawling speed and stop it at a specified distance in front of the obstacle. As soon as the obstacle is removed from the aisle, the automatic elevator vehicles continue their transportation run.

Customer benefits

  • Certified safety system meets your safety needs and prevents risks of accidents and liability
  • Flexible programming of monitored fields ensures optimal use of vehicles
  • On-site support for commissioning and servicing

    With the SICK safety laser scanners, ICM implemented a safety solution complying with the applicable guidelines and standards. In this application, SICK provided the desired degree of protection, preventing accidents to people in the vicinity and risks of liability for the marketing company and the operator. The operator also benefits from the fact that the vehicles can be operated at optimal speed and transport capacity, since the programmed protective fields adjust to the current situation, ensuring optimal protection at all times. The option of on-site commissioning support and servicing guarantees the maximum availability of the safety technology, ensuring safe operation of the automatic elevator transport vehicles.

  • Certified safety system meets your safety needs and prevents risks of accidents and liability
  • Flexible programming of monitored fields ensures optimal use of vehicles
  • On-site support for commissioning and servicing
  • Application
    Industry: Airport
    Challenge: Safety
    Product group: Safety laser scanners
    Reference customer: ICM Airport Technics GmbH
     


    Concise description

    SICK’s sensors and vision systems can be used to checking lids and caps of liquid packaging.

    Task

    Tetra Pak in Lund, Sweden was searching for a camera solution, which is able to check lids and caps of packages for its Tetra Top package. Tetra Pak is a worldwide leading company in the area of food processing and packaging solutions.

    Implementation

    3D cameras from SICK used in liquid packaging

    With the extremely precise 3D camera technology from SICK, Tetra Pak found the suitable solution for checking lids and caps. The IVC-3D smart camera combines image processing, lighting, and evaluation in a single housing.

    At Tetra Pak, these features were perfectly suited for checking caps on Tetra Top package. The 3D camera locates the caps of the containers at high speed, verifying proper fit. In each image, the height and inclination of the cap are measured to check the correct application. By using the 3D method, solutions are possible even when the containers are located in a carton and when solutions using the 2D method/back lighting cannot be applied. Containers with flawed lids are sorted out and the measured values are transmitted to the master control system for analytical and statistical purposes.

    Customer benefits

  • High quality ensured

    The 3D camera technology from SICK ensures high standard of quality products and satisfied customers.

    Martin Thuresson, developer of the 3D inspection system at Tetra Pak says, “A 3D solution was chosen to enable simple package volume change-over without mechanics. This way, the solution requires no operator intervention. The 3D system offers correct measurements even if the package pose varies, as well as an integrated unit with simple interfacing.”

    And Marcus Ek, responsible for the 3D inspection system adds, “The system gives a good quality inspection of our packages and allows a simple and standardized installation, which was important in our application.”

    The easy-to-operate camera is factory-calibrated and thus simple to install. Moreover, the camera met additional requirements by Tetra Pak, featuring uncomplicated data exchange with the master control systems by means of Ethernet (EtherNet/IP, OPC, TCP/IP), Digital I/O, or RS-485, as well as stand-alone operation without PC.

    The 3D method works even in the case of diverging positions and inclined containers with the type of reliability not possible when using 2D solutions.

  • High quality ensured
  • Application
    Industry: Beverage
    Challenge: Quality check
    Product group: Smart cameras
    Reference customer: Tetra Pak
     


    Concise description

    A real-time measurement system using SICK’s 3D laser technology provides accurate, non-contact and fast measurement of cattle height data used to predict performance and optimise feeding and management.

    Task

    The Beef Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) was established to identify the genetic and non-genetic factors affecting beef quality and other production traits of economic importance. Founded by the Commonwealth Government, Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) are considered 'Engines of Innovation'. CRCs pull together researchers and industry to develop new products, services and opportunities of immense value and benefit to the Australian economy, industry, environment and community. Since 1993 the Beef CRC has delivered on its promise of enabling the beef industry to reliably meet beef consumer specifications.

    Crossmuller Pty Ltd specializes in technology solutions for Australia’s industrial sector. Originally formed in 1989 management created the Crossmuller name in 1999 to take advantage of the growing need for specialized software solutions in manufacturing and supply. The company was tasked with working with the Beef CRC, a Cattle Management firm and SICK Australia to provide a solution for automated animal height measurement and storage.

    Currently animals are measured manually using a tape measure while the animal is stationary in a cattle crush. This operation involves extra labour, has issues with variability and marginal OH&S concerns.

    The requirements of the measurement system were to use a non-contact method which allowed for automated and rapid animal height measurement and storage. The system must be robust enough to handle the harsh environmental conditions found in a typical feedlot. Stored data was required to be formatted for easy importing into standard analysis tools such as Microsoft Excel.

    SICK’s laser measurement technology was selected as the ideal measurement device for the task.

    Implementation

    3D laser measurement technology (LMS400) scans the rear portion of the animal to provide an estimate of height at the hips.

    The LMS400 3D laser measurement technology is rugged and able to handle the outdoor conditions found in typical feedlots. The LMS400 was mounted above the cattle race. The LMS400 is automatically moved through a forward stroke to scan the rear portion of the animal.

    Animals can be scanned while stationary in a suitable section of the race, which could be before or after the crush in which the animals undergo weighing and other operations.

    3D profiles along the animal’s backline created by LMS measurements, are used to estimate the animal’s hip height with reference to the ground by accounting for the affects of animal hair patterns and body shape. The ground reference is measured during a calibration routine run when the system is initialized. Data for each animal is displayed on the user interface and is also stored to file for later import into analysis software. Future versions of the system will carry out the analysis internally without the requirement of other applications. While this feedlot installation is optimized for use with a stationary animal, the system is able to be adapted for use with animals in motion through the race, such as in a saleyard or other handling facilities.

    Customer benefits

  • Rapid, non-contact 3D measurement
  • Accurate and repeatable measurement data
  • Rugged system hardware for outdoor use
  • Low maintenance operation
  • Avoids operator safety concerns

    The height estimate, coupled with the animal’s age, generates a ‘frame score’, which is an indicator of the maturity type. This is used in conjunction with other parameters to predict the pattern of growth, and final fatness for the live and carcass weight at the end of a period of growth.

    The solution provided by Crossmuller Technology has allowed for fast, accurate, non-contact, automated animal height measurement and storage. The system avoids any possible OH&S issues associated with the manual measurement methods employed prior to the system deployment.

    Looking forward this system can be employed in remote locations such as watering points, to collect and transmit animal height data without cattle having to be transferred to central stations and losing weight in the process.

  • Rapid, non-contact 3D measurement
  • Accurate and repeatable measurement data
  • Rugged system hardware for outdoor use
  • Low maintenance operation
  • Avoids operator safety concerns
  • Application
    Industry: Food
    Challenge: Flexible Produktion
    Product group: Laser scanners
    Reference customer: Crossmuller Pty Ltd
     


    Concise description

    A special software was developed for controlling robots when picking up objects. A 3D camera from SICK provides important data of object measurement and coordinates for this.

    Task

    Euclid Labs based in Spresiano, Italy, planned to develop software (Pick 3D), which supports the robots in picking up randomly arranged parts. 3D images of the containers and the parts lying inside were required for this. These images were be used to identify the position and alignment of the objects which are to be picked up. After picking the object up, the robot was to be able to transfer it to another machine or machine it itself.

    Furthermore, the software was to simulate the robot cell in a 3D environment in order to avoid collisions with containers. For 3D image generation, Euclid Labs looked for a system which is able to quickly and flexibly provided the information required.

    Implementation

    The 3D camera provides important measurement data and coordinate information for the software which supports the random bin-picking of objects by a robot.

    Euclid Labs chose the Ruler E 3D camera from SICK. It serves as an extremely fast source of data for recording the size and position of containers and the objects they contain. In this way it is able to quickly and reliably transmit data regarding the position and alignment of the objects. It is characterized by its high level of flexibility, meaning that the software Euclid Labs can be used in the most varied robot applications, such as when machining sheet parts using presses, sheet metal bending machines or on assembly robots.

    The Ruler E 3D camera measures independently of object height and color. The integrated light source and factory calibrated 3D data enables it to provide exact measurement values in the millimeter range straight away. In addition to fast 3D measurements, the camera also evaluates grayscales and laser scatter.

    An additional benefit is that it is designed for use in a harsh industrial environment, meaning that it is particularly suitable for cold areas up to -30 °C or extremely dirty areas.

    Together with the Ruler E 3D camera, the Euclid Labs software was able to meet the industrial requirement that the robot pick up the object in less than eight seconds. It was also possible to simulate the robot cell in a 3D environment to check for possible collisions and to avoid them.

    Customer benefit

  • High level of flexibility with parameter-controlled measurements for a variety of application demands
  • Extremely fast source of data ensures precise object recognition
  • Highly robust to increase machine availability
  • Simple installation saves time and costs

    The integration of the 3D camera in the Euclid Labs software has really proven its worth. Previously, the end customer had to sort and arrange a large amount of randomly positioned parts before they could be picked up by the robot. Now, the customer is able to save time because the Ruler E 3D camera transmits data regarding to position of the part to be picked up, enabling the robot to automatically reach for it. Preventing collisions also reduces costs and work time.

  • High level of flexibility with parameter-controlled measurements for a variety of application demands
  • Extremely fast source of data ensures precise object recognition
  • Highly robust to increase machine availability
  • Simple installation saves time and costs
  • Application
    Industry: Machine tools
    Challenge: Automated handling
    Product group: 3D vision
    Reference customer: Euclid Labs
     


    Concise description

    Project-specific system construction and extensive diagnostic possibilities make the SICK bar code tunnel a highly available solution for airport luggage identification.

    Task

    The Singapore-based company Pteris Global Ltd., an international logistics systems supplier, has fitted out more than 150 airports worldwide with solutions for a range of tasks including flight luggage, air freight, in-flight-catering and express mail. The company enjoys an especially good reputation for its effective and high-availability luggage conveyor and sorting systems. With a constant effort to supply its customers with technically high-quality, cost-effective and reliable solutions, Pteris Global is always interested in innovations that will further improve system availability. That is why Pteris Global is looking for an automatic flight luggage identification solution whose intelligent system design and comprehensive, individually-configurable diagnostic functionality would further improve scanning reliability and availability. As a world's leading supplier, having installed more than 2,000 systems, SICK is able to contribute the right product and service portfolio for the solution.

    Implementation

    SICK bar code reader tunnels ensure reliable luggage identification and routing

    The increasingly high performance standards of Pteris Global are satisfied by the SICK bar code reader tunnel (ALIS400). The scanning tunnels are complete solutions. Each one consists of a supporting frame on which bar code readers with integrated decoding technology are installed, together with a local controller and system control interface. The patented decoding algorithm ensures that even damaged, low-contrast and partially concealed codes can be read accurately. A remote diagnosis tool (RDT400) in the system solution records and checks all the scanning results and monitors the operational state of the system, as well as all the individual components. Thanks to intelligent mounting solutions and the parameter memory in the connection plug, device replacement takes only a few minutes. What is more, the overall scanner configuration is designed in such a way that if one bar code scanner fails, the tunnel's read rate will be impaired by less than 1 %.

    Customer benefits

  • Project-specific bar code reader tunnel and SICK know-how enable custom solutions
  • The overall configuration of each individual system and the scanning reliability of the scanners ensure maximal availability for airport luggage identification
  • Extensive diagnostic options facilitate proactive maintenance and help prevent failures
  • The parameter memory in the connection plug and mechanical quick plug-in connectors minimize the time required for device replacement
  • Project-specific bar code reader tunnel and SICK know-how enable custom solutions
  • The overall configuration of each individual system and the scanning reliability of the scanners ensure maximal availability for airport luggage identification
  • Extensive diagnostic options facilitate proactive maintenance and help prevent failures
  • The parameter memory in the connection plug and mechanical quick plug-in connectors minimize the time required for device replacement
  • Application
    Industry: Airport
    Industry-Segment: Freight sorting
    Challenge: Automated handling
    Product group: Code reading systems
    Reference customer: Pteris Global Ltd.
     


    Concise description

    CO2 emission certificates: The precise CO2 direct measurement by SICK is a reliable alternative to the complex mathematical method.

    Task

    It is nothing new: the economy can also contribute to climate protection. In the Kyoto protocol, the industrial nations agreed on a limit for greenhouse gas emissions. The greenhouse gas CO2 is one of six gases which have to be reduced worldwide. The directive 2003/87/EC for trading greenhouse gas emission allowances requires the proof of the emitted amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) for many plants.

    Usually the CO2 amount is measured by a rather complicated calculation method. The measurement of CO2 takes place directly in the exhaust duct, however the measurement of CO2 concentration in connection with the volume flow is also allowed. Independent of the fuel used and of other conditions, the determined CO2 value is available without manual analysis. The EU directive demands high criteria for direct measurement. For example, the total uncertainty of the mass flow value based on the CO2 and volume flow measurement has not to be larger than 2% ... 7%, depending on the size of the plant. SICK proves this to be possible.

    Implementation

    CO2 direct measurement fulfills the requested measurement accuracy

    In a large power plant fired by brown coal, a test to prove the suitability of direct measurement was carried out. Four exhaust ducts were provided with GM35 gas analyzers and FLOWSIC100 flow devices and then they were geometrically measured with high precision. The concentration and speed profiles were determined by grid measurement with many measurement points. The calibration measurements at the four exhaust ducts showed that a total uncertainty of the CO2 mass flow calculation of

    The comparison with thermo-dynamic reference analysis over a long period showed a very good correlation.

    Customer benefits

    In-situ is the solution

    The cross duct version of GM35 in-situ analyzer measures the CO2 concentration via the complete duct diameter without changing the gas composition by sample conditioning. The FLOWSIC100 volume flow measurement device is also an in-situ device and measures integrally over the entire duct diameter. The measurement values of both devices result in the CO2 mass flow. For the realization, SICK relied on its experience with high-precision volume flow measurement with ultrasonic gas meters for custody transfer applications.

    The vital advantages of the in-situ technology:

  • The in-situ solution requires no additional measurement of the exhaust gas humidity which - apart from reducing the effort - spares the tolerance of an additional, difficult measurement in consideration of uncertainty in practice.
  • As the exhaust is measured directly in-situ, uncertainties of sampling and treatment, which are vital for extractive measurement technology, become unnecessary.
  • Laborious sampling and the analysis of the fuel for the calculation method can either be reduced or omitted entirely.
  • The in-situ solution requires no additional measurement of the exhaust gas humidity which - apart from reducing the effort - spares the tolerance of an additional, difficult measurement in consideration of uncertainty in practice.
  • As the exhaust is measured directly in-situ, uncertainties of sampling and treatment, which are vital for extractive measurement technology, become unnecessary.
  • Laborious sampling and the analysis of the fuel for the calculation method can either be reduced or omitted entirely.
  • Application
    Industry: Power
    Challenge: Process monitoring & control
    Product group: Flow Solutions, Gas Analyzers
     


    Concise description

    Best possible airport security combined with the shortest possible waiting times for passengers - this is the aim of all future-oriented airport operators. Automation light grids from SICK provide a variety of high-performance solutions.

    Task

    Security is an issue of the topmost priority at every airport in the world. This security is regulated by national and international laws, including the German Air Security Act (LuftSiG) in Germany and EU regulations 300/2008 and 185/2010 which are applicable throughout Europe. Based on these laws and regulations, airports are divided up into security areas to which access is strictly controlled. In concrete terms, this means that the monitoring of crossing points between the landside and airside is an extremely important task. Departing passengers reach the gate on the airside (the area beyond the security check) from the landside and arriving passengers move from the airside to the landside via entry locks.

    Airport operators work together with partners specialized in providing systems that are tailored to meet these specific requirements.

    In view of this, airport suppliers were looking for sensor solutions for their entry lock systems that would ensure the reliable detection of passengers and prevent them from going in the wrong direction and ending up on the airside. It must also be impossible for objects to reach the airside in this way. With SICK, the specialist in security and intralogistics tasks at airports, these suppliers, and in turn the airport operators themselves, can trust that they are in safe hands.

    Implementation

    The ‘duo’ concept and high resolution of the light grids guarantee reliable detection of objects and motion in the wrong direction

    These requirements were met using a SICK light grid (MLG) that has already been accepted at numerous airports as a reliable sensor solution. The detection of movement in the wrong direction is achieved by means of a ‘duo’ concept, i.e. having two MLGs installed a few millimeters apart from each other with a time-delayed response. The resolution of the light grids is so high that even if someone attempts to push a flat object along the floor or along the top of the entry lock system, or to throw something through it, can be detected and signaled reliably. Passage through the entry lock in the correct direction from the airfield, for instance, to baggage reclaim, i.e. going out of the security area, is registered as correct. If someone or something crosses the entry lock in the wrong direction, an alarm signal is set off immediately. At the same time, any airside entry lock door that is potentially still open is locked to prevent access to the security areas.

    Customer benefits

  • A sturdy sensor solution that meets the requirements of its application environment ensures a high degree of availability
  • Integrated evaluation system and switching outputs provide the optimal integration in barrier control
  • Worldwide and quick response service support ensures investment and system reliability

    This light grid is sturdy and meets the requirements of the application environment: the compact stainless steel housing protects it from mechanical damage and fits the design of the entry lock system perfectly. Maximum detection reliability is ensured because surface shine and reflections, e.g. from an aluminum flight trolley or other influences of ambient light such as sunlight shining through the glass roof or fluorescent lamps in the entry lock area, do not affect the reliable detection of passengers or objects. Because both the evaluation electronics and the switching outputs are integrated into the light grid housing, no external module is required. As a result, the light grid can be easily integrated into the entry lock system mechanically and electrically. SICK also offers airport suppliers and their end customers a worldwide, quick response and qualified service support in the areas of planning, implementation, maintenance and repair. This guarantees a high level of investment and system reliability.

  • A sturdy sensor solution that meets the requirements of its application environment ensures a high degree of availability
  • Integrated evaluation system and switching outputs provide the optimal integration in barrier control
  • Worldwide and quick response service support ensures investment and system reliability
  • Application
    Industry: Airport
    Challenge: Process monitoring & control
    Product group: Advanced automation light grids
     


    Concise description

    Diesel power plants run with heavy oil have to meet emission limits, too - reliable supervision even under difficult flue gas conditions: with hot/extractive or in-situ technology by SICK.

    Task

    For the decentralized generation of energy, more and more diesel power plants run by heavy oil are used. This is an economic alternative to conventional power generation, especially for the supply of islands, remote residential areas/industries or for seasonally varying demands. There are emission limits which have to be observed and continuously monitored. Due to the special flue gas conditions of diesel motors, the measuring systems have to cope with high soot and acid sulfur concentrations.

    Maintenance needs have to be kept low, because this kind of power plant is nearly always in a remote location. And who has the time to travel long distances spontaneously? Service planned well in advance is advantageous. The monitoring of emissions has to be efficient and reliable. SICK has the solution.

    Implementation

    Different technologies for reliable measuring quality

    For the measurement of exhausts of diesel motors run with heavy oil, in-situ analyzers like the GM32 for the emission measurement of SO2 and NOx are especially suitable. This measuring method is nearly independent of dust loading and corrosive flue gas conditions and notedly low-maintenance. Should further components (e.g. O2, CO, NH3) have to be registered, additional analyzers are used like for example GM35 (for CO, CO2, H2O), GM700 (for NH3) or ZrO2-oxygen analyzers.

    An economic alternative is in this case the hot-extractive measurement with the MCS100E HW which can register all of the mentioned components with one single system. The heating of gas contacted parts prevents corrosion and reactions between flue gas components. Apart from that, multiplex operation is possible, if allowed. Internal adjustment filters perform routine checks without the need for test gases.

    Customer benefits

    Reliable emission measuring concepts

    The analyzers and measuring devices by SICK measure all gas and dust components resulting from the emission measurement. And as demands define technology, fitting solutions by SICK are always ready and in action.

  • The robust construction of hot-extractive and in-situ emission measuring systems for decentralized diesel power stations require very little maintenance
  • In-situ systems such as GM32/GM35 and the MCS100E HW extractive system have all the relevant European approvals
  • SICK’s worldwide presence ensures that maintenance and repairs can be handled locally
  • The robust construction of hot-extractive and in-situ emission measuring systems for decentralized diesel power stations require very little maintenance
  • In-situ systems such as GM32/GM35 and the MCS100E HW extractive system have all the relevant European approvals
  • SICK’s worldwide presence ensures that maintenance and repairs can be handled locally
  • Application
    Industry: Power
    Challenge: Process monitoring & control
    Product group: Analyzer systems, Gas Analyzers
     


    Concise description

    Photoelectric sensors and vision sensors from SICK ensure reliable detection, differentiation and printing of packages in a filling line.

    Task

    Mifa in Frenkendorf is not only an important producer of detergents but also the largest producer of fats in Switzerland. Every year, almost 10,000 tons of margarine, fat and edible oil are produced for this market. Half-fat butter in round tubs, spreads in rectangular tubs, edible oils in bottles of various different colors - due to the great number of different types of packaging with about 16 different tub designs, reliable detection, differentiation and monitoring are necessary when the products are filled and labeled. For this reason, Mifa looked for a solution for the filling process that would reliably detect wrong boxes and ones with an incorrect orientation on their way to the coding station. Furthermore, Mifa required an appropriate sensor to be integrated into a conveyor section in front of a case packer that would enable reliable monitoring of bottlenecks even when there are gaps between the bottles or tubs. With an innovative sensor and professional consulting, SICK was able to impress Mifa.

    Implementation

    Vision sensors and photoelectric line sensors from SICK optimize the packaging and labeling process

    After analyzing the requirements, SICK was able to provide a solution with vision sensors (Inspector) and photoelectric line sensors (WTB12-3 Line). After going through the margarine filling station, the tubs are fed into the coding system in a defined orientation so that the batch, price and best-before date can be printed in the field designated for this. The vision sensors, which are taught all the packages to be expected when they are commissioned, detect incorrect tubs and ones with the wrong orientation reliably. When adjusting to a new product, the new checking parameters that are to be applied are downloaded onto the vision sensor from the system control in seconds ready for the new task. For monitoring bottlenecks, the photoelectric line sensors can recognize up to three gaps and thus detect all packages independently of their position. This reliable package detection enables process-adapted, trouble-free control of the case packer gripper.

    Customer benefits

  • Reliable, cost-effective inspection solution with flexible and fast adaption to new products
  • Process reliability during filling and labeling avoids complaints and reduces costs
  • Faultless bottleneck monitoring guarantees a trouble-free packaging process and optimal utilization of the system
  • Sensor solutions and consulting from a single source guarantee the best possible production implementation

    With the vision sensors, Mifa can teach and monitor an unlimited number of packaging variants easily and in compliance with current and future consumer requirements. When changing to another product, downloading the new parameters only takes a few seconds. "This flexibility makes the vision sensor a very cost-effective solution," says Hugo Schaffner, Engineering Food at Mifa. Furthermore, proper printing on the package is always guaranteed which means that a high level of process and product reliability is achieved, and time and costs due to complaints can be avoided. The use of photoelectric line sensors ensures a trouble-free packaging process and optimal utilization of the system because reliable detection avoids false signals and system stops. „Even for future tasks, we would not want to do without the benefits of application consultation and sensor solutions from a single source," says Alex Meyberger from Mifa.

  • Reliable, cost-effective inspection solution with flexible and fast adaption to new products
  • Process reliability during filling and labeling avoids complaints and reduces costs
  • Faultless bottleneck monitoring guarantees a trouble-free packaging process and optimal utilization of the system
  • Sensor solutions and consulting from a single source guarantee the best possible production implementation
  • Application
    Industry: Food
    Challenge: Flexible Produktion
    Product group: Small photoelectric sensors, 2D vision
    Reference customer: Mifa AG
     


    Concise description

    Monitoring of CO2 and NOx in large greenhouses: with SICK gas analyzing system.

    Task

    In order to grow, plants transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon by photosynthesis. Tomatoes can however “digest” much more than ambient air offers. By enriching the air in the greenhouse with CO2, the growth of the plants can be considerably increased in a natural and ecologically healthy way. Combustion plants are often used for the generation of electricity and the heating of greenhouses. But their exhaust gases can also be recycled in a resource-friendly way - provided they are free from toxics. Diverted into fuel gas purification plants, they are reused for fertilization. Only if the prescribed NOx limit is observed, the exhaust gas with the growth supporting CO2 may be fed into the greenhouse. Low amounts of nitric oxides are used as fertilizer, if the amounts are too high, they damage the plants. The NOx exhaust gases are transformed into nitrate and water by injection of reduction agents and downstream catalysis. By NOx measurement, the dosage of the reduction agent can be precisely controlled and reduced to a minimum. Moreover the NOx concentration must be measured to comply with the statutory emission limits. SICK was able to offer the suitable solution with a gas analyzing system.

    Implementation

    Brilliant contribution to gas measurement

    The GMS800 DEFOR gas analyzer with its ultraviolet measurement principle is especially suited for the measurement of the nitric oxides NO and NO2. For this purpose the NOx value is calculated by summation of the separately determined concentrations of the components NO and NO2. The special measuring method does not require a NOx converter. The summation of NO + NO2 to NOx is directly carried out in the analyzer. With the GMS800 DEFOR even the smallest measuring ranges of 0 to 50 mg/m3 for NO and NO2 can be made. The complete extractive measurement system MAC800 consists of a heated extraction probe, the heated measuring gas line, a measuring gas pump, the analyzer GMS800 DEFOR and a device for the test gas admission. The control unit SCU P100 allows the system connection via Ethernet for remote maintenance.

    Customer benefits

    Reliable measurement also supports economic and ecological aspects

  • Thanks to the direct measurement of NO and NO2, NOx converter cartridges can be eliminated
  • Using the NOx measurement the consumption of SCR reducing agent is minimized, because reliable instantaneous values for control are available at any time
  • The catalyzer operation mode is optimized which lowers operating costs
  • By the use of the suitability-tested analyzing system a high grade of safety for persons and plants in the greenhouse is reached
  • Thanks to the direct measurement of NO and NO2, NOx converter cartridges can be eliminated
  • Using the NOx measurement the consumption of SCR reducing agent is minimized, because reliable instantaneous values for control are available at any time
  • The catalyzer operation mode is optimized which lowers operating costs
  • By the use of the suitability-tested analyzing system a high grade of safety for persons and plants in the greenhouse is reached
  • Application
    Industry: Power
    Challenge: Process monitoring & control
    Product group: Gas Analyzers
     


    Concise description

    2D code readers from SICK identify solar panels using a code lasered onto the glass substrate to ensure the removal of N.O.K. panels.

    Task

    Manufacturing of solar panels based on thin-film technology is rapidly advancing. Production has increased more than twenty-fold since 1999 to around 4,300 megawatts at present and, between 2007 and 2010, the market share has doubled to 20%. At the same time, a fall in prices can be observed in photovoltaic products, which has in turn placed pressure on manufacturers to develop efficient and innovative production programs. A key measure here is continual control and checking of process steps, with regular identification of panels during the manufacturing cycle being a must. Reflections from the substrate and the system, variations in optical images depending on the process step, code contrast plus positional tolerances when handling the panels mean high requirements for the reading technology used, which also needs to be suitable for integration in field bus environments.

    Implementation

    2D Code Readers identify thin solar modules in demanding environments using their lasered code, thereby guaranteeing efficient process control and continual 100% tracking.

    The thin solar modules are identified using a high-performance 2D code reader (ICR845-2) from SICK. The latest CMOS technology combined with an integrated light guarantees reliable identification of 14 x 14 mm codes using just 0.7 mm in dot size. A single sensor variant is sufficient for mastering all the different read situations. If the integrated light is not sufficient owing to extreme reflections, an external light is also available.

    Commissioning of the code reader is made considerably simpler and faster by Auto-Setup configuration, live images and evaluation of read results using a convenient diagnostics function. During operation, the code readers' short evaluation times enable thin panels moving at 0.5 m/s to be identified in an optimized process. The 2D code reader is also designed to enable flexible connection to automation and communication systems such as CAN, RS-232, Ethernet and various field bus connections.

    Customer benefits

  • Process and product quality continually documented and assured
  • Reduced costs due to prevention and early recognition of N.O.K. modules
  • Greater system efficiency

    With the 2D code readers from SICK, users can identify all panels reliably, thereby enabling maximum process and product quality. This prevents costs for delivery and installation of faulty modules and resultant compensation claims. In addition, the reading devices provide maximum system availability as data and parameter sets are retained even in mains voltage failures, with read data made available again immediately on system restart. The code readers do not even need to be reconfigured during changeovers, which minimizes system downtime and hence costs.

    Identification, control and tracking of individual panels enable production buffers to be set up for the production process so users can optimize system utilization and throughput. This results in greater freedom for production and logistics since, continual identification of panels means only original solar modules made by the manufacturer will be supplied and installed, enabling unjust complaints due to copies for example to be recognized immediately.

  • Process and product quality continually documented and assured
  • Reduced costs due to prevention and early recognition of N.O.K. modules
  • Greater system efficiency
  • Application
    Industry: Electronics & Solar
    Industry-Segment: Solar
    Challenge: Track & Trace
    Product group: Image-based code readers
     


    Concise description

    SICK laser measurement systems control parcel robots and guarantee more ergonomics and efficiency. Reliable optical sensors monitor the handling area.

    Task

    In the age of automation, package and express shipping service providers look for new ways to develop more efficient and ergonomic handling processes in package sorting systems. In a combined project with Deutsche Post DHL, the Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH (BIBA) (a scientific engineering research institute focusing on production and logistics systems), the University of Bremen, and the Astrium Space Transportation GmbH, a solution was developed based on one robot. In order to ensure that packages are efficiently and exactly gripped from out of the container or trailer, it was necessary to find a solution that can reliably detect the position of each package - regardless of size, alignment or surface. The measuring coordinates should be used for controlling the approach of the robot. In addition to that, they looked for possible solutions for the non-contact monitoring of the area in which the robot's movements pose a danger.

    Implementation

    SICK laser measurement systems detect the position of packages in the container for the robot control system. Safety sensors are used for area monitoring.

    The first package robot was installed in the logistics center in Essen of the DHL Solutions Fashion GmbH. A laser measurement system (LMS200) is used to detect the packages in the container. Here, the device scans the inside of the container, detects the edges of the packet using a special algorithm and can thereby detect their length, width and position. Neither the surface quality of the package nor the ambient light conditions, e.g day or night, have an influence on the measuring precision. The control system of the robot uses the object and position data detected by the laser measurement system to calculate the optimum approach coordinates with the highest level of precision. The robot grips the packages in the container, lifts them up and places them down onto a conveyor belt that transports the packages to the sorting system. The robot's surroundings can be monitored with safety laser scanners (S3000) or safety light grids (C4000 or miniTwin4).

    Customer benefits

  • A reliable sensor solution that is easy-to-integrate
  • Detection of diverse packages
  • Precise measuring technology ensures precise gripping
  • Laser measurement system and safety technology from a single source

    The easy-to-integrate laser measurement system makes it possible to connect up the control system fast. Its highly robust design ensures high availability and efficiency of the package robot. The precise measuring technology enables precise package gripping - good for a better and continuous throughput when unloading. Safeguarding with opto-electronic safety sensors guarantees reliable accident prevention without impairing ergonomic operation, for instance, for maintenance work. Procuring laser measuring equipment and safety technology from a single source ensure that sensor systems are used that are compatible with one another.

  • A reliable sensor solution that is easy-to-integrate
  • Detection of diverse packages
  • Precise measuring technology ensures precise gripping
  • Laser measurement system and safety technology from a single source
  • Application
    Industry: Courier Express Postal & Cargo, Warehouse & Distribution
    Challenge: Automated handling
    Product group: Laser scanners, Safety laser scanners, Safety light curtains
    Reference customer: Deutsche Post DHL
     


    Concise description

    Bar code match coder system enables high-speed code comparison for 1D, 2D and pharmacode bar codes for teached or manually entered bar codes.

    Task

    Development of a system to read bar codes and compare them against an expected bar code with an associated visual and hardware output would often require additional code within an existing control system. This is often an unwanted complication that many customers want to avoid.

    Crossmuller Pty Ltd specializes in technology solutions for Australia's industrial sector. Originally formed in 1989 management created the Crossmuller name in 1999 to take advantage of the growing need for specialized software solutions in manufacturing and supply.

    Crossmuller worked together with SICK to develop a solution which can operate as either a stand alone system or one which can easily integrate with an existing control system via simple digital I/O. The solution was required to read 1D, 2D or pharmacode bar codes via RS-232 serial communications. Bar codes can be fixed or variable length. The system should be able to learn the expected bar code via scan input from serial communications or via manual entry of the bar code value. The system should display the results of each scan comparison visually, and if required, must transmit a reject digital output for codes which fail the comparison test. The system was also required to log a history of all transactions to the screen and log file.

    Implementation

    Excellent performing bar code readers from SICK make the bar code match coder system reliable

    SICK bar code scanners speed up logistics and automation processes with their high scanning

    frequency. Excellent reading performance ensures the process flow even when the bar codes are of poor quality or damaged. Easy to use networking and compact connection systems save space and costs. The SICK bar code product range provides the correct solution for every task.

    Crossmuller Technology developed the Match Coder product to support this solution, creating a

    solution which allows customers to quickly and effortlessly integrate this off the shelf bar code comparison application into their existing control system without the need to modify code and possibly have to re-validate a functional system.

    Already utilized in the pharmaceutical industry, this product is set to simplify all industry segments which use bar code scanning technology for code comparison operations.

    Customer benefits

  • Reduce complaints
  • Reduce change over time
  • Increase production
  • Improve usability

    The easy to use, integrate and outstanding performing bar code reader made from the Crossmuller bar code match system an outstanding performing and easy to use product. So rely on SICK bar code scanners for verifying your bar code in your production and prevent that products will leave your production facility with wrong or not-readable bar code. Furthermore will the easy to use and maintain SICK bar code scanner contribute to an increased production and usability.

  • Reduce complaints
  • Reduce change over time
  • Increase production
  • Improve usability
  • Application
    Industry: Pharma & Cosmetics
    Challenge: Flexible Produktion
    Product group: Code reading systems, Hand-held scanners
    Reference customer: Crossmuller Pty Ltd
     


    Concise description

    Safety light curtains - integrated into returns terminals in libraries - guarantee safe operation without any moments of panic.

    Task

    The Swiss company Trion AG is a global provider of systems for intralogistics in libraries, i.e. for issuing, returning and sorting books and other media. The systems comprise conveyor belts, sorting modules and issuing and returns terminals for inside and outside the library, all of which can be implemented individually. The terminals are fitted with shutters that open when an operator logs on. In order to prevent that the shutter closes while media are being returned or removed, Trion was looking for a suitable solution that could detect hands in the proximity of the shutter. Further requirements included a compact design, an integration-friendly mounting and connection concept, high insensitivity to ambient light and international service availability. SICK was able to provide the appropriate solution, and at the same time dealt with automation functions in other parts of Trion's systems technology.

    Implementation

    Safety light curtains from SICK eliminate moments of panic when returning books and media

    In order to prevent an early closing of the shutters, Trion integrated compact safety light curtains (miniTwin2) from SICK into its terminals. The sensors have a very small design, and their resolution provides perfect finger protection. This means that the light curtains can be integrated without taking up much space or obstructing the user. They are mounted behind the shutters and reliably detect even small children's hands.

    Once the customer has logged onto the terminal, the shutter opens so that the book or medium can be returned through the slot. This breaks multiple light beams, thus preventing the shutter from closing too early. The extraordinary insensitivity to ambient light prevents false alarms and guarantees maximum availability. The sensor system is not even affected by the glare of bright daylight. As such, both the returns process and the monitoring function remain unaffected, and the user does not have to panic about the shutter closing too early.

    Customer benefits

  • Resolution and insensitivity to ambient light ensure reliable monitoring of the shutter function
  • Design and connector technology guarantee economic integration, commissioning and supply of components
  • Fast, on-site support and service optimize sensor availability and support for the end customer on site
  • Sensor solutions from a single source – also for other tasks

    The light curtain enables reliable monitoring of the shutter function in the library terminals. The concept of a single stick for sender and receiver, together with the use of industry-standard connection technology, reduces Trion's expenses for procurement, warehousing and service logistics. The comprehensive support and quick response to questions are an added bonus. "Markus Bühlmann, our contact at SICK, arrives quickly when we need him, and can almost always offer us a very good solution from the broad range of sensors," confirms Richard Jaworsky, Deputy Head of Production at Trion. "Another advantage is SICK's global presence. Suitable devices are available almost anywhere within a few hours, a service that our end customers value highly." All in all, it's no wonder that Trion also use other SICK sensor systems, such as inductive sensors, compact photoelectric sensors, automation light grids and fiber-optic cable sensors.

  • Resolution and insensitivity to ambient light ensure reliable monitoring of the shutter function
  • Design and connector technology guarantee economic integration, commissioning and supply of components
  • Fast, on-site support and service optimize sensor availability and support for the end customer on site
  • Sensor solutions from a single source – also for other tasks
  • Application
    Industry: Warehouse & Distribution
    Challenge: Automated handling
    Product group: Safety light curtains
    Reference customer: Trion AG
     


    Concise description

    SICK image processing systems integrated into welding robots guarantee the reliable recognition, tracking and checking of weld seams.

    Task

    WISE WELDING develops and constructs a whole range of special machines, including machines for the production of stainless steel plant components for the pharmaceutical, chemical and food-processing industry. In this particular case the business had been requested to optimize the welding process of a tungsten inert gas welding robot. Since the parts to be connected could have tolerances, the welding path in the robot control had to be adjusted by manual determination of the actual geometries. This procedure was monotonous, prone to errors and time-consuming. This impaired the availability of the robots and the level of process quality. WISE WELDING therefore searched for a possibility of automatically detecting the welding path even with tolerances of up to +/- 10 mm and hence of controlling the robot more precisely. Another goal was to be able to check the quality of the weld seam. The quality demanded included an accuracy of 0.1 mm and reliability even with reflection differences in the materials. The challenges in the context of sensors and tungsten inert gas welding are electromagnetic fields and strong extraneous light influences. The solution: Vision sensor components and solution support from SICK.

    Implementation

    Recognition of weld seams and robot visual guidance with a camera system increase the productivity and quality

    Recognition and automatic adjustment of the welding path as well as quality inspection of the weld- seams is done with image processing systems (Ranger E), which WISE WELDING, supported by SICK, has integrated directly into the robots. The camera solution offers maximum measuring and transmission speeds as well as an extremely high accuracy for recognition of even the smallest details. Prior to welding parts, a master part is taught-in. Then all other parts can be processed automatically. To this end, the camera transmits an image of the parts to an analyzing software developed by WISE WELDING prior to welding. This software recognizes where the weld seam should be and transmits the control parameters to the robot control which positions and guides the welding head accordingly. In this, neither the high-frequency electromagnetic fields of the tungsten inert gas welding process nor the extremely bright light effects affect the precise robot guidance and sub-millimeter precision control of the weld seams.

    Customer benefits

  • Greater productivity of the robots and faster ROI thanks to 10 times faster determination and adjustment of the welding path
  • Better quality of the welding process thanks to high measuring precision
  • Better quality of the welded joints and hence the manufactured parts
  • Optimum integration thanks to application analysis, sensor solution, commissioning support and training from one source

    For this demanding task SICK was able to offer WISE WELDING a perfectly suited camera solution from its extensive image processing portfolio. Thanks to the comprehensive support provided by SICK, which ranged from application analysis over commissioning right up to training, WISE WELDING was able to integrate the camera solution into its welding robots in the best possible way. Due to the fact that a master part is taught-in only once and the optimum welding path is now determined much faster, the robots' availability and productivity is significantly increased and a faster return on investment is achieved. The high-precision weld seam inspection not only ensures consistent process quality, but also better surface quality of the parts around the welded joints.

  • Greater productivity of the robots and faster ROI thanks to 10 times faster determination and adjustment of the welding path
  • Better quality of the welding process thanks to high measuring precision
  • Better quality of the welded joints and hence the manufactured parts
  • Optimum integration thanks to application analysis, sensor solution, commissioning support and training from one source
  • Application
    Industry: Machine tools
    Challenge: Flexible Produktion
    Product group: 3D vision
    Reference customer: WISE WELDING
     


    Concise description

    Protection from a manual loading station in a cartoning machine by cascading 3 miniature safety light curtains in U-shape.

    Task

    The French company ARIES PACKAGING develops and builds full automated solutions for handling of products as well as solutions for secondary and tertiary packaging. For one of his customer in the food industry Aries developed a cartoning machine with ergonomics as top priority, i.e., easy access for the machine operators. To guarantee the packaging quality the packages are transported by a gear belt with a cadence of 30 cartons/mm and with a transverse speed of 2 m/s. Taking into account the risk of injuring hands caused by the pusher of the belt, it was essential to integrate a protection system with high resolution to ensure the total safety of the operators.

    Implementation

    Miniature safety light curtain in U-shape cascading provides ergonomic and safe operation

    To meet the requirements, Aries has chosen for the miniTwin, a miniature safety light curtain that provides value add to the operation of the cartoning machine.

    The miniTwin allows keeping the safety distance, distance between light curtain and hazardous point, to be very short providing the operator a better ergonomics. With its small size and possibility cascading 3 light curtains in U-shape, without creating an unprotected area between the cascade curtains, the miniTwin is particular suited for the protection of fingers and hands. Additional LED on both sides give the operator a visible indication if the curtain is interrupted.

    By using the miniTwin ARIES PACKAGING was able to propose their customer a safe, ergonomic and innovative solution.

    Customer benefits

  • Electro-sensitive finger and hand protection ensures optimal operation of the machine
  • Easy to integrate thanks to special miniaturization
  • Cascading several systems ensures flexible adjustment to the area to be protected
  • Fast consultation and service simplify the choice for the right solution

    Thanks to the integration of electro-sensitive protective equipment for hands and fingers based on miniature safety light curtains, ARIES PACKAGING was able to give its end customer a very safe and highly ergonomic packaging solution. The product design of the light curtain sticks, with one aspherical and one straight side, as well as the connector technology, made all three of the systems on the cartoning machine into a solution that was easy to integrate. The compact sensor housing and easy cascading option meant that the protection solution could be optimally adjusted to the geometry of the manual loading area to be monitored. "All these advantages and SICK's fast consultation and servicing convinced us that the miniature safety light curtain was the best choice," said Coraile Maupu, automation engineer at ARIES PACKAGING.

  • Electro-sensitive finger and hand protection ensures optimal operation of the machine
  • Easy to integrate thanks to special miniaturization
  • Cascading several systems ensures flexible adjustment to the area to be protected
  • Fast consultation and service simplify the choice for the right solution
  • Application
    Industry: Food
    Challenge: Safety
    Product group: Safety light curtains
    Reference customer: ARIES PACKAGING
     


    Concise description

    In the tough conditions of an automatic washing system, highly robust cylinder photoelectric sensors from SICK detect the position of stainless steel transport trucks.

    Task

    Daloon in Nyborg, Denmark, is the world's largest manufacturer of spring rolls. It goes without saying that fresh ingredients are used for the different fillings. Hygienic stainless steel transport trucks are used to transport the washed and chopped vegetables for use in the spring rolls. Empty trucks which come off the production line go through an automatic cleaning system where they are pre-washed, cleansed of all remnants using acids and alkalis, pressure-cleaned at 100 °C, disinfected and heat-dried. For the purposes of this fully-automated process, the transport trucks must be exactly positioned in the machine. Even though the specifications matched on paper, none of the sensors from other manufacturers which were previously used for position sensing could withstand the tough conditions for more than three weeks. After a discussion with SICK, the problem was solved using recommended sensors which were truly suited to the task.

    Implementation

    Maximum detection reliability and machine availability thanks to stainless steel cylinder photoelectric sensors

    SICK Denmark presented Daloon with a solution to the task in the form of a cylinder photoelectric sensor made of stainless steel (V18V). This was then subjected to an intensive test phase on site. It was proven that the photoelectric sensor fulfilled the required specifications for use in this extreme environment, including IP 69K, and guaranteed availability for detecting the position of transport trucks. The cylinder photoelectric sensors were installed and aligned in the washing system. They only detect the transport truck once it is in the correct position for starting the cleaning program. If the control system does not receive a signal from the photoelectric sensor, the transport truck must be positioned correctly before the process can begin. This guarantees trouble-free operation with no risk of damage to the washing equipment or the transport truck.

    Customer benefits

  • Pre-test option to help you make your decision
  • Improved washing system reliability and availability
  • Reduced maintenance and service costs
  • Increased efficiency

    The cylinder photoelectric sensor from SICK has proven itself to be the perfect solution in day-to-day use for Daloon. "We finally have the photoelectric sensor which solves our automation problem. This also shows how much the limits of application can be pushed or raised when not just the data sheet, but also the device concept, is designed to match the conditions of use," says Peter Madsen, supervisor for system servicing at Daloon. The new sensor solution does not give error signals or false alarms, and the availability and throughput match Daloon's requirements and expectations. The amount of maintenance and service work required for the sensors has been greatly reduced, thus significantly improving the efficiency of the cleaning system. The opportunity to subject the sensors to extensive tests in advance allowed Daloon to be sure that they were making the right decision in choosing the cylinder photoelectric sensors from SICK.

  • Pre-test option to help you make your decision
  • Improved washing system reliability and availability
  • Reduced maintenance and service costs
  • Increased efficiency
  • Application
    Industry: Food
    Challenge: Flexible Produktion
    Product group: cylinder types
    Reference customer: Daloon
     


    Concise description

    SICK code readers with the highest reading rate allow a seamless, documentable process control and product traceability in tire production.

    Task

    The production of tires is a complex process. Numerous production steps are required in order to create them with the help of a variety of machines from a large number of materials. As a mass product, manufactured in type-related mass production, tires are also, for reasons of safety, subject to strict production and quality control, and require seamless traceability. Marking with bar codes is standard, but the properties of the tires as well as the material-handling environment mean that identification puts high demands on code reading. In addition, code readers must meet industrial standards, which include quick and easy integration, great robustness, reading reliability, and a quick return to operational availability after a fault. SICK has developed for the tire industry a code reading system that can solve various different identification scenarios.

    Implementation

    Camera-based code readers permit standardized Track & Trace solutions for the tire industry

    To identify tires reliably regardless of their size and the position and alignment of their identification and on different conveyors, SICK has developed a code reading system (ICR880) for bar codes and 2D codes. The reading performance reaches 100% for a fully visible code, a value achieved by no other reading system in this operational environment. It can also perform quality checks, such as checking the presence and size of color markings. The compact code reader is used on belt and hook conveyor systems for scanning from above. When it is integrated in a roller conveyor, the tires can also be identified from below. Code capture is omnidirectional, i.e. without aligning the tires. The captured images are available as JPG files for analysis, archiving and tracing. Other information, such as the position of the bar code on the tire, is determined in real time to avoid additional handling processes. The control system is integrated via a system controller (MSC800). Based on this, bar code scanners and RFID systems can be flexibly and easily added as necessary.

    Customer benefits

  • Easy installation allows quick operational readiness
  • Omnidirectional scanning and sensor-driven focus control ensure identification of tires of any size
  • System can be used in the complete production process, from the "green" tire to the finished tire
  • Fast, high-resolution image capture ensures very high performance at all usual code sizes, for bar codes and 2D codes
  • The same system can solve more then only bar code reading, such as tire positioning and color marking checks
  • System concept allows standardized solutions for tire identification independent of the system environment

    The compact design and integration-friendly system controller concept allow the scanning systems to be set up quickly. In operation, the omnidirectional image capture and sensor-driven focus adjustment ensure that markings can be reliably identified in any position and alignment regardless of the tire size. The fast, high-resolution image capture guarantees maximum reading rates. A user confirms, "We get a reading rate of 100 %. There are no more unidentified tires, regardless of how they pass the read gate and what type they are. In case of a fault, we can immediately see what the problem is by looking at the JPG image of the affected code." With its camera concept, network capability, suitability for different conveying systems, and globally available project and service support, the code reader allows standardized solutions for tire identification regardless of the system environment. A comprehensive portfolio allows SICK to perform further tasks in the tire industry, such as quality control and personal safety to increase productivity.

  • Easy installation allows quick operational readiness
  • Omnidirectional scanning and sensor-driven focus control ensure identification of tires of any size
  • System can be used in the complete production process, from the "green" tire to the finished tire
  • Fast, high-resolution image capture ensures very high performance at all usual code sizes, for bar codes and 2D codes
  • The same system can solve more then only bar code reading, such as tire positioning and color marking checks
  • System concept allows standardized solutions for tire identification independent of the system environment
  • Application
    Industry: Automotive
    Industry-Segment: Tier ones
    Challenge: Track & Trace
    Product group: Code reading systems
     


    Concise description

    Ultrasonic volume flow measuring from SICK means stop worrying about measurement accuracy.

    Task

    Winters in Northeast China are cold. There is not enough gas available in the capital city Changchun in the Jilin Province for all the people living there. This region will now be supplied with additional gas from the Songnan gas field. 900 million cubic meters of gas flow through the 70.5 km long Bawu-Changchun gas pipeline every year. Ideal energy supply depends not only on reliable suppliers but also reliable measurement for billing gas deliveries. Only the amount delivered needs to be paid. Therefore only the highest measuring accuracy can provide the basis for reliable transactions between business partners. The natural gas meter must run stable over a long period and with the highest precision and, at the same time, require low maintenance - at minus 30 oC as well. No problem with the FLOWSIC600 gas flow measuring device from SICK.

    Implemetation

    FLOWSIC600 combines superior transducer technology and optimal path layout with automated diagnostic options

    Demands on gas flow measurement are very high. Excellent measuring accuracy and mechanical sturdiness make the FLOWSIC600 ideal for billing gas amounts conforming to legal calibration standards. It measures the gas flow using ultrasonic technology in proven 4-path Westinghouse design. High performance probes provide unique accuracy and long-term stability whatever the condition of the gas or whether noise occurs in the gas lines. And if malfunctions should occur in the piping system, a variety of automated diagnostic options support troubleshooting. This helps reducing maintenance costs.

    SICK can deliver all the necessary rated widths depending on the pipeline diameters: 100, 150 and 200. All the specifications required for flow rate and volume flow calculations are satisfied, including pressure and temperature measurement. Connection to the specified flow computers is perfect. In order to simplify reading out all the measured values from 26 FLOWSIC600s, all the flow computers are mounted to one panel in a separate station.

    Customer benefit

    FLOWSIC600 is one of the recognized gas flow measuring devices in the natural gas sector

    Shengli Enginnering & Consulting Co. Ltd. is one of Chinas successful companies with high demands on technology and performance, and on their suppliers. SICK's sturdy ultrasonic measurement technology stands for exact volume flow measurement with low maintenance. The end customer SINOPEC Corp. is contented:

  • Different versions:

    - 2 measuring paths for process measurement

    – 4 measuring paths for custody measurement

    – FLOWSIC600 2plex: 4 + 1 measuring paths for custody measurement and extended diagnostics

    – FLOWSIC600 Quatro: 4 + 4 measuring paths for completely redundant custody measurement

  • 3" ... 48" / DN80 ... DN1200
  • Typical measuring uncertainty from up to ±0.1 %
  • With fully automatic CBM (Condition Based Maintenance) integrated

    Behind every strong product is a strong team. And SICK also rely on long-term cooperation with the industry.

  • Different versions:
  • 3" ... 48" / DN80 ... DN1200
  • Typical measuring uncertainty from up to ±0.1 %
  • With fully automatic CBM (Condition Based Maintenance) integrated
  • Application
    Industry: Oil & Gas
    Challenge: Process monitoring & control
    Product group: Volume flow measuring devices
    Reference customer: SINOPEC Corp.
     


    Concise description

    Marine vessel exhaust has to correspond to more and more rigid exhaust regulations. Our customers can profit from SICK’s experience with diesel power plants for the emission measurement of vessel engines.

    Task

    As in all combustion processes, high concentrations of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are emitted into the atmosphere during operation; for marine vessels the high concentrations are caused by the use of cheap fuel often extremely rich in sulfur. To minimize the pollution of the environment, very strict emission limits have to be observed. The IMO (International Maritime Organization) initiated directives for the avoidance and control of air pollution which were published in the "MARPOL Annex VI" and the "revised NOx technical code 2008". The exhaust allowed for SO2 and NOx will be gradually reduced. The exhaust must have the same concentrations as that of a low-polluting fuel. Motor producers try to reduce nitric oxide emissions by modifying the motors. The NOx limits required after 2016 however, can only be met by using waste gas cleaning systems. Norwegian Cruise Line installed as a pioneer emission monitoring on the Norwegian Epic. SICK provided the measurement solution.

    Implementation

    The focus is on measurement precision and reliability

    Approved and low-maintenance measurement technique is in demand. The MCS100E HW analyzing system accomplishes exactly this: precisely and reliably it measures SO2 and NOx and can even be upgraded for the measurement of further gas components. From the sampling unit to the cuvette, all ducts having contact with measuring gas are heated over the dew point and thus protected against corrosion. Additionally the system offers two further advantages: the measurement of water to enable calculations at standard conditions and the check of CO limits to optimize the combustion process. The MCS100E HW is equipped with an automatic unit for calibration point control. This saves time and expensive calibration gases which are only needed for the annual or semi-annual maintenance check.

    Only vessels able to prove they observe the limits, will in future be allowed to pass into emission control areas. Therefore they have to depend on reliable, low-maintenance analyzing systems, because on the ocean and during short stays in harbors, service technicians are not easy to get hold of.

    Customer benefits

    Approved allround experience in emission measurement

    SICK offers a suitable solution for every application.

  • The MCS100E HW has been measuring successfully for decades in coal and diesel power plants. You can profit from this experience - also for the emission monitoring of vessel fuels
  • After 2016 at the very latest, the limits for NOx measurements will be so small that you will be lost without a catalytic exhaust cleaning system. Catalyzers in power plants are already controlled by the MCS100E HW, as well as the injection of NH3 or urea
  • The exhaust cleaning plants to remove SO2 from the exhaust flow can be monitored and controlled by the MCS
  • The MCS100E HW usually measures a single gas flow, but can also switch between different exhaust channels. This can be done automatically or manually, making the MCS100E HW a reliable device with low life cycle costs
  • The MCS100E HW has been measuring successfully for decades in coal and diesel power plants. You can profit from this experience - also for the emission monitoring of vessel fuels
  • After 2016 at the very latest, the limits for NOx measurements will be so small that you will be lost without a catalytic exhaust cleaning system. Catalyzers in power plants are already controlled by the MCS100E HW, as well as the injection of NH3 or urea
  • The exhaust cleaning plants to remove SO2 from the exhaust flow can be monitored and controlled by the MCS
  • The MCS100E HW usually measures a single gas flow, but can also switch between different exhaust channels. This can be done automatically or manually, making the MCS100E HW a reliable device with low life cycle costs
  • Application
    Industry: Power
    Challenge: Process monitoring & control
    Product group: Analyzer systems
    Reference customer: Norwegian Cruise Line
     


    Concise description

    The hot-extractive analyzing system from SICK continuously measures SO3 in coal power plants and also reliably records H2SO4 concentrations in the lower ppm range.

    Task

    Sulfur trioxide is an undesirable flue gas component found in coal power plants. It forms visible gas trails in chimneys and potentially leads to corrosion in ductworks through conversion to other aggressive gases, such as sulfuric acid.

    SO3 is formed in boilers and Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Systems. SO3 and H2SO4 vapors have to be removed from the flue gas stream and this usually happens by adding additives. A regulated quantity and a consequently effective cleaning are only possible when SO3 andH2SO4 concentrations in the flue gas are continuously recorded.

    Quasi-continuous dew point measuring systems do not allow solid SO3 values. In order to ensure the SO3 loads reliably, a continuously working system must be used so that accurately recorded values of both SO3 and H2SO4 concentrations in the lower ppm range are available.

    Implementation

    Recommended: the continuous measurement

    The MCS100E IR multi-component photometer from SICK with hot-extractive system technology is a proven analyzer for components such as HCl and NH3. A specially adapted spectral design of the photometer is required to record sulfur compounds SO2, SO3 and H2SO4. Calibration demands special technologies. SO3 is therefore not available as a test gas but is created through catalytic oxidation of SO2 and air. H2SO4 vapors are created using special non-corrosive vaporizers.

    The analysis system continuously measures SO3 and H2SO4 concentrations and also records the common flue gas components of SO2, CO, NO, CO2, H2O and O2. Via continuous measurement and short reaction time, the MCS100E allows an effective control of SOx reducing measurements. The system is fitted with an integrated adjustment filter for routine sensitivity checks, which means that drift checks and adjustments can be made without test gas.

    Customer benefits

    Reliable process and emission data

  • The MCS100E is the first IR photometer that can continuously records the SO3 concentration in flue gas. Accurate and instantaneous values are available for the process control
  • Hot extractive measuring technology combined with an integrated adjustment filter ensures stable long-term operation. Maintenance is reduced to a minimum
  • The MCS100E protects the plant against corrosion damage and reduces maintenance costs because the SO3 absorbent materials dosage is optimized.
  • The MCS100E is the first IR photometer that can continuously records the SO3 concentration in flue gas. Accurate and instantaneous values are available for the process control
  • Hot extractive measuring technology combined with an integrated adjustment filter ensures stable long-term operation. Maintenance is reduced to a minimum
  • The MCS100E protects the plant against corrosion damage and reduces maintenance costs because the SO3 absorbent materials dosage is optimized.
  • Application
    Industry: Power
    Challenge: Process monitoring & control
    Product group: Analyzer systems
     
     

     
     
     
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