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SICK sensors get smart at Industry 4.0 Summit

13 April, 2017

Unlocking the potential for sensor intelligence to power forward the fourth industrial revolution in factory, logistics and process automation was the theme for SICK UK’s stand at the Industry 4.0 Summit in Manchester recently.

Automation experts on SICK’s stand demonstrated typical applications that use smart sensors as the essential building blocks to deliver the data needed for a fully-connected and safe Industry 4.0 environment.

In Industry 4.0, the sensor links to the machine, system, factory and the entire value-creation chain and provides for transparency in production and logistics.

SICK explored with visitors how the company’s user-specific applications can more easily be developed and quickly implemented in Industry 4.0. Intelligent devices including sensors, encoders, cameras and auto-identification systems enable data to be collected, communicated and shared over networks.

Easier user-programmability

In Industry 4.0, sensors can perform more extensive analysis, automatically adapt to changes, provide real-time condition monitoring, and remotely solve complex tasks within a larger manufacturing network. Visitors discovered how companies of different sizes can benefit from easier user-programmability and achieve the complete integration of sensors into the Cloud.

Seb Strutt, senior product manager for SICK UK said: “Industry 4.0 is an exciting new frontier for factory, logistics and process automation. We often think of 4.0 as a big concept, yet actually delivering its full potential begins with very localised and distributed applications powered by the intelligence embedded in smart devices.”


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