SICK AG is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. At EMO Hannover 2019, it is unveiling intelligent sensors that pave the way for smart tasks by independently performing automation functions. Further innovative highlights include high-performance integration solutions with serious computing power and impressive connectivity for future-proof implementation of Industry 4.0. What’s more, a new software product makes it possible to configure and monitor smart sensors in machine tools to provide effective support for edge computing concepts.
As data sources for the smart factory, the smart sensors and system solutions on show in Hannover are intended to demonstrate how digitization solutions can be put into practice in machine tools. To ensure sensors and machines can communicate with each other at all and to make processes transparent, SICK offers a whole range of scalable integration solutions. The Telematic Data Collector TDC-E, for example, is a gateway system for multisensor networking equipped with mobile communications options boasting enhanced functions for capturing, processing and transmitting process and sensor data. The data collected, analyzed and individually visualized by the TDC-E should make the operational status of the networked sensors situated in a machine tool, together with the processes in which they are used, entirely transparent. Meanwhile, the Sensor Integration Machine from the SIM1012 product family aims to open up new possibilities for applications in smart machine tools, both today and in the future, thanks to its IoT gateway functionality and adaptive multisensor integration. These two integration solutions make it possible to transfer process-, production- and business-related data directly to Ethernet fieldbuses or the cloud.
The Integration Solutions FieldEcho software tool, which is also being showcased at the trade fair, features a web-based graphical user interface (GUI) designed for parameterizing and monitoring all IO-Link devices in a machine tool or plant. The enhanced accessibility and transparency of the IO-Link data boost flexibility and availability, while the easy connection via the PLC's OPC-UA server promises to transform FieldEcho into a future-proof integration solution.