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SICK sensing systems contribute to the Lean Factory

19 September 2015

Throughout the value chain, SICK sensing systems contribute to the Lean Factory in terms of productivity, product quality and worker safety.

SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems and automatic identification systems. Products range from simple sensors to laser and vision based code reader, intelligent industrial safety sensors and controls, to complex 3D camera technology.

Manufacturing process

SICK sensors are deployed in many and varied quality control applications where reliable defect detection is critical to product performance and safety.

The automation in the process directly affects overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and can significantly reduce change over time in batch production.

Fast Changeover

Measurement sensors are ideal for checking dimensions and position of a work piece or product.  A change in the production batch is greatly assisted by using intelligent sensors connected to IO Link.

Quality control error proofing

The production process can also be optimised by reducing the possibility of mistakes in part selection and assembly.  Identifying the work piece correctly will allow the operator to select the correct parts to be assembled.

Zero defects – 100 percent inspection

SICK vision systems and vision sensors can be used to check the physical aspects of the product. Quick and simple to use vision based sensor technology can be used for print and pattern checking.

Identification – track and trace

Modern production philosophies such as Lean require fast and accurate tracking throughout the value chain.  Identification also plays an important role in brand protection and 'right product right part' requirements that ensure compliance and enhance the logistics of the enterprise. There are various techniques:

RFID – Suitable for closed loop identification of tote boxes and production skids.

2D – Data matrix for small part identification, High density of data and ideal for Direct Part Marking.

Barcode reading – Handheld and fixed position

Safety in the work place

Managing risk is integral to day to day running of a lean factory, as downtime is waste.  

SICK provides a range of services and equipment to reduce risk of harm to personnel and equipment, and at the same time maintain - or even increase - productivity.

The SICK safety laser scanner allows AGVs to travel at greater speed, increasing overall capacity with the same asset.

The integrated light curtain protects operators and increases productivity at hand feed machine tools by increasing cycle time.

Access protection allows free flow of goods about the factory but limits the access of people into restricted or hazardous areas

SICK UK is a member of the Lean Workshop Group.

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