Sensor Solutions for Robotics
April 16, 2021
demonstrated how intelligent sensors can improve supply chain operations for
robotics, safety, and smart logistics.
Sensor Solutions for Robotics
Intelligent sensor solutions from SICK enhance mobile and stationary robotic
applications. In our ProMatDX showcase, demos and education sessions about
sensor solutions for robotics are available all week. From 3D vision robot
guidance systems for more efficient bin picking to safety and LiDAR solutions
for AMRs, SICK prioritizes improving the supply chain with solutions for mobile
robot safety, LiDAR localization, and robot vision systems.
LiDAR Localization Solutions for Automated Industrial Vehicles
Vehicle tracking and localization software within a manufacturing setting is
essential in order to collaborate safely with robotic vehicles. One challenge
associated with the tracking of these autonomous vehicles is a loss of tracking
guidance that leads to the potential for unplanned vehicle stops and fleet jams.
Using the LiDAR-LOC software from SICK, automated guided vehicles, carts, and
robots can continue to remain on track even if the magnetic or optical-guide
tape happens to be missing. The system uses the 2D measurement data of the
surroundings acquired by SICK safety laser scanners, which are often already
present onboard the vehicle as electro-sensitive protective devices.
The 2D LiDAR localization system helps avoid vehicle standstills or fleet jams
during operation as a result of defective magnetic or optical track guidance
tapes. This translates to higher availability and leads to increased throughputs
and productivity in the distribution center.
Bringing Order to Chaos with Robot Guidance Systems
Manual part picking is an expensive, labor-intensive process. As a result,
repetitive manual handling is increasingly being replaced by robots. The
challenge with robots, however, is that they are blind and many are not flexible
enough to accommodate ever-changing automated production processes. With robot
vision guidance systems from SICK, flexible material handling is made possible
for industrial production. These customizable vision systems provide the
competitive advantage many manufacturers are looking for in part localization
“With the creation of many new technologies for the industrial automation
industry, this is a very exciting time,” said Nick Longworth, SICK Senior
Robotics Engineer. “Simple and repetitive tasks of lifting heavy parts from deep
bins, conveyors, and racks has always been a primary source of long-term back
injuries, accidents, and inefficiencies.”
SICK’s PLB is a vision system that can be used for high precision localization
of parts that are randomly oriented in bins and boxes. The vision system
consists of a 3D camera, part localization software, and tools for easy
Logistics Safety Sensor Solutions
Within the logistics market, safety is vital to maintain a productive and
efficient supply chain. SICK’s comprehensive safety sensor portfolio covers
every area of the material handling industry, from robotics to mobile platforms
to industrial trucks. A demo is available during ProMatDX highlighting this
topic in detail, including new technology making small mobile robots safer.
As mobile robots continue to trend smaller, stringent safety requirements for
safe operation remains. But where do you put the safety sensors as the
installation space becomes increasingly tight?
The nanoScan3 is the world’s smallest profile safety laser scanner on the
market. Its space-saving design works perfectly in mobile robotics applications,
but also in stationary applications where space is limited. It delivers
high-precision measurement data and is extremely resistant to light, dust, or
dirt. It also has the highest level of flexibility with up to 128 freely
configurable fields and monitoring cases.
Smart Logistics Solutions
connected solutions and cloud ready services, distribution centers and
fulfillment operations can now be more competitive than ever before. To
accomplish this, connected sensing solutions are required.
Today, intelligent sensors are not only collecting data, but are also preparing
and processing it further to provide value-added information. Sensors no longer
just “sense,” but now, with the beginnings of digitalization, they are also
beginning to “think.” The success of networked value creation chains is heavily
dependent on the successful integration of sensors in the overall architecture
of an application.
SICK recognizes that the time has come to add a new dimension to the world of
sensors. With Smart Data Solutions, manufacturers receive support on the journey
to implementing smart logistics processes. This includes installed base
services, asset manager, condition monitoring, and predictive services. With
these services, data analysis can be run to make intelligent decisions based on
the data to optimize processes. This helps to increase throughput, availability,