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Safety and Automation Can Produce Results for the Packaging Industry

Sometimes, safety and automation seem to work against each another, but in this article, Sick show that it doesn’t always have to be the case.

With the influx of automated machinery, end-of-line packaging plants have more flexibility and higher production, but there is still a risk of worker injury if these systems are not properly equipped with sensor technology designed to protect people from harm.

In order to ensure the safety of people and machines, safety light curtains can provide a point of operation, area, and access protection. It can also be used for automation tasks such as measuring and detection. End-of-line packaging plants can take advantage of safety light curtains to protect workers from automated machinery performing tasks like stretch wrapping, palletising, and robotic pick/place processes.

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Sick DeTec4 Safety Light Curtain in a Packaging Line Example

Sick deTec4 is a Versatile Safety Solution

Many end-of-line packaging plants face challenges with existing safety systems, like complex installation and commissioning, limited diagnostics/troubleshooting capabilities, and effective safety and automation integration. Sick’s deTec4 safety light curtains solve for these challenges with features that include:

Simplified installation/commissioning: 

Installation/commissioning is easy thanks to eight multi-colored LEDs for alignment status, protective field status LEDs along the length of the device, and integrated visible alignment aid. IO-Link beam data offers the most extensive support on the market, which minimises setup or replacement time. In addition, with DIP switch configuration, all functionality is configured without software, which saves you time and money on software licensing costs, training, and the need for a computer on site.

Extensive Diagnostic/Troubleshooting Capabilities: 

IO-Link provides the flexibility to maximise production. With the ability to integrate safety and automation into one device, you minimise setup and commissioning costs and can access data remotely via any device, eliminating the need to be on the floor.

High Production with Little Interruption: 

The deTec4’s muting functionality allows objects to enter and exit the hazardous zone, but keeps personnel out. This means you can have production running with little to no environmental interruptions, while still maintaining maximum safety. The system can be setup in a two-sensor cross pattern or  with exit-only muting. IO-Link also uses beam data to measure the height of goods, eliminating the need for MLG, distance sensor, or other devices used for automation purposes.

With Sick’s deTec4 safety light curtains, you can rest assured that your workers – and your production – are protected and operating at peak efficiency.

Looking for more information? We can help with that...

Take a look at these handy Sick deTec4 Safety Light Curtain 'How-to' Videos . Alternatively, download a brochure on the right, or give us a call on 01254 685900 to discuss your application with one of our Sales or Technical Support Engineers.

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