Michael Fislage, Product Unit Manager RFID, SICK AG

Product traceability and anti-counterfeiting solutions require reliable automatic identification products. SICK offers the three most common industrial identification technologies: laser-based scanners for 1D codes, image-based 1D and 2D code readers, and RFID readers. Integrated interfaces enable the readers to communicate inside industrial networks and innovative functionality makes commissioning and operation easy.

Radio-based RFID technologies in the HF (high frequency) and UHF (ultra high frequency) ranges supplement SICK’s industrial automation portfolio. In applications where process-relevant data is modified remotely, RFID makes it possible to store data on writable and rewritable media. In contrast to optical solutions, RFID provides reliable identification of all objects – despite dirt and everyday wear.

As building blocks of the future, SICK sensors act in an intelligent manner and can further process the collected measurement data and autonomously transmit it. SICK is continuing to make advances in the areas of networking and data transmission. We enable our customers to collect targeted, application-specific data by individually configuring our sensors for optimized and efficient production processes. Let’s continue to build on this together!

Michael Fislage, Product Unit Manager RFID, SICK AG

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SICK Sensor Intelligence.

SICK is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. The company, which was founded in 1946 by Dr. Erwin Sick and has its headquarters in Waldkirch im Breisgau near Freiburg in Germany, is among the technology market leaders. With more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as many agencies, SICK has a presence all over the world. In the 2016 fiscal year, SICK had more than 8,000 employees worldwide and a group revenue of just under EUR 1.4 billion.

Industrial automation is changing at an extremely rapid pace. As an innovation leader on the vanguard of developing cutting-edge sensor technology, SICK offers solutions today that are ready for the challenges of the future – with intelligent sensors that collect data, evaluate it in real time, adapt to their environment, and communicate in the network.

“Sensor Intelligence.”: A Tailored Solution

With all our solutions, we bear the individual requirements of your processes in mind. “Sensor Intelligence.” draws on all of SICK’s system expertise, supplemented by our experience in a variety of sectors. We combine our detailed application knowledge with reliable software architecture to optimally integrate our sensors into your system – because intelligent is the only way.

“Sensor Intelligence.” refers to the ability of our sensors to use decentralized computing power to complete tasks more reliably, more comprehensively, or more efficiently, for example. To achieve this, we take the intelligence required to perform these tasks from the central control system, and place it in our sensors.

Intelligent sensors benefit from the availability of ever-smaller, ever-cheaper microcontrollers. These controllers enable our sensors to process increasing volumes of data directly, using ever more complex algorithms. And this technology helps you to optimize your production and control networks.

“Sensor Intelligence.” to Organize the Factory of the Future

Networked production and control processes in complex machine environments will determine the industrial future. Our smart sensor solutions already support dynamic, real-time-optimized, and self-organized industry processes... Our sensors record real operational statuses, turn these into digital data, and share them automatically with your process controller.

The degree of digitization, intelligence, and networking is set to increase continually in production and logistics systems, until these systems can eventually control and optimize themselves autonomously. The cyber-physical production systems in the smart factories of the future will organize themselves, using huge amounts of up-to-date information to make independent decisions. This information is provided by our sensors.

With “Sensor Intelligence.”, we are making Industry 4.0 a reality – and we are doing it today.

SICK releases smallest RFID read/write device of its kind

RFU61x UHF read/write device: compact, intelligent, and futureproof The new RFU61x read/write device by SICK is the answer for integrating UHF identification solutions in production and logistics environments with minimal use of space. The smallest sensor of its kind on the market requires minimal installation space and, at the same time, offers peak performance in terms of scanning range, ruggedness, and connectivity. The RFU61x is also programmable and can be easily adapted to individual application requirements within the SICK AppSpace eco-system.

SICK offers laser, camera and RFID technology for baggage tracking

The baggage connection! End-to-end baggage tracking describes the huge challenge of baggage handling which airlines, airport operators and groundhandlers have taken on. It must be possible to reliably track checked bags from the beginning to the end of airline travel. SICK has set the goal of implementing gapless baggage tracking hand-in-hand with customers in line with IATA (International Air Transport Association) Resolution 753. SICK is offering three technologies for this purpose. These technologies master baggage tracking throughout the entire trip, either as a stand-alone or combined as a hybrid solution: Laser technology Camera technology RFID technology

SICK's sensor intelligence profits from deep learning

SICK presents new software applications based on deep learning algorithms Starting now, users of system solutions in logistics automation can profit from the benefits of the new technology. Using deep learning, sensors perform intelligent in the automated detection, testing and classification of objects or features, which were reserved for humans so far. Deep learning, a sub-area of machine learning, ranks among the probably most significant future technologies in the field of artificial intelligence, and is a long-term driver of Industry 4.0 at the same time.

SICK brings Industry 4.0 to the here and now at Hannover Messe

4.0 NOW! Industry 4.0: Just a model or real-world practice? At HANNOVER MESSE 2019 from April 1 through 5, 2019, [Hall 9 / Booth F18], SICK AG will demonstrate how sensor intelligence and data transparency is used to optimize the entire value creation chain. To fit the theme of “4.0 NOW”, visitors will get a look into smart production at the SICK location in Freiburg. How can goods and products be localized within and outside of organizations? How can data transparency be achieved through granular intelligence in factories? How is artificial intelligence already being used on the industrial landscape today? SICK shows you how.

SICK offers new, comprehensive indoor localization portfolio

Indoor localization offers solution for logistics networks! SICK takes another step toward Industry 4.0 by offering a new, comprehensive indoor localization portfolio. Thanks to coordinated sensors and analysis tools, large amounts of data can now be evaluated purposefully and fields of action can be displayed in factory processes or logistics. This makes it possible to manage complex logistics networks, create transparency and ensure speedy deliveries. This portfolio makes SICK the first manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of solutions along the entire value creation chain from a single source.

Oliver Huther
Oliver Huther
Business Development Manager RFID
Düsseldorf, Germany
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