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SICK will use the upcoming Manufacturing Technology Scotland event on 11-12 November, which is to be held at the SECC in Glasgow, to further publicise its Industrial Instrumentation Division.

The company provides a range of photoelectric products, from light guards for machine tools to visual inspection systems for process plants.

SICK hopes the new division will help it to further expand into new markets.

At the event, the company will also introduce a vision sensor that allows greater onsite flexibility to suit different applications.

Exchangeable lenses vary the field of view between 150mm and 350mm and the new sensor features add-on input/output (I/O) functionality to meet control and data monitoring requirements.

The enhanced I/O capability enables the selection of up to 16 reference objects for comparison with the object being inspected and delivers up to 19 inspection results at once.

Individual items do not require identical positioning for inspection as the software evaluates edges, contours, contrasts, greyscale values or pixels relative to a defined location feature on the reference image.

The new sensors join SICK’s existing product range targeted at liquid and wet products, including level and pressure sensors that are hygiene certified for food-and-beverage applications.

A working temperature range of -40C to +150C means the units can withstand clean and sterilise-in-place procedures.

SICK (UK) LTD

SICK is a global leader in sensors and sensing systems for factory automation, logistics automation and process control. SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification in use by customers all over the world. Established for over 70 years, SICK products range from simple optical devices through to embedded intelligent systems, ready to meet the needs of Industry 4.0.

SICK sensors: At the heart of automation

SICK is one of the world’s leaders in sensors and sensing technologies for factory automation, logistics automation and process control.

SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification. The company also provides process instrumentation for gas and fluid flow and for chemical and pollutant detection.

From simple optical sensors and barcode readers to complex safety systems; from machine vision to emissions monitoring, SICK’s intelligent sensor solutions facilitate advanced automation and process control.

SICK products are designed with simplicity of installation and operation in mind. They help customers to achieve greater reliability and productivity, increased production flexibility and more efficient use of resources.

Founded in Germany more than 70 years ago, SICK employs more than 7,400 employees worldwide. The company invests heavily in research and development and is leading the way in smart sensor development to support Industry 4.0 objectives.

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