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SICK is holding a series of hands-on training days to help machine builders and end-users progress on their Industry 4.0 journey by unlocking valuable data from IO-Link sensors via a PLC.  During the one-day course, delegates will learn, step-by-step, how to set up an IO-Link Master to enable sensors to communicate data with a PLC.

By the end of the course, “Getting Started with IO-Link on Your PLC”, delegates will be able to control and monitor sensors from the PLC and collect data which can be used to increase plant efficiency and productivity.  Current available course dates are March 4, April 2 and May 7, or alternatively on-site training can be arranged on an individual company basis.

The practical course is being held at SICK’s UK headquarters in St Albans.  Designed to complement the launch of SICK’s SIG200 Sensor Integration Gateway, a SICK IO-Link Master Starter Kitincluding the SIG200, will be provided to each company completing the course.

SICK UK Product Specialist, Charlie Walker who will lead the training, said: “IO-Link has been a breakthrough technology that helps joins the dots for industrial processes on the road to Industry 4.0.  Using an IO-Link Master provides an opportunity for production teams to gain visibility to a wealth of information from sensors that simply wasn’t accessible previously.

“Industry 4.0 can seem a big and daunting subject, but this course will show just how simple it is to have greater access to, and control of, valuable data on-board IO-Link sensors.  By the end of the course, you will be able to write a program to control multiple sensors via the PLC and receive data that can be used to monitor their performance and enable simple replacement.”

The day will include demonstrations of an IO-Link Master installation.  The course will cover installation of sensors on the PLC and communicating basic I/O as well as how to use Function Blocks to control and access service data on-board the sensors.  A hands-on session will then enable delegates to develop their own program for sensor control, quality control and predictive maintenance.

SICK’s IO-Link Master Starter Kit contains everything needed to set up an application with SICK’s SIG200 Sensor Integration Gateway. The kit includes the SIG200, IMC Proximity Sensor, WLG16 photoelectric sensor and reflector, cabling and accessories together with SICK’s SOPAS ET and FieldEcho software.  Step by step guidance is provided for a quick-start configuration of a simple application using the IO-Link Master.

To register visit contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email


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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