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SICK , one of the world's leading international manufacturers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications will present a wide range of technology on Stand 3408 during National Manufacturing Week, to be held at Sydney's Darling Harbour from May 30 to June 2.

SICK's products on show at NMW 2006 include:

* The WLL170-2 fibre-optic series, giving improved performance features for the recognition of small objects in front of an interfering background of colour marks and transparent objects.

* Compact SICK Stegmann BKS absolute wire-draw encoders and PKS incremental wire-draw encoders, for position and path determination, providing measurement lengths up to 5 m.

* The SICK OPC Server, which allows the status and diagnostic data of electro-sensitive protective equipment and safety controllers to be called up and processed from any location to meet the needs of production, process control and management.

* First-time presentation of SICK's new RFI341 radio frequency interrogator read/write device, based on 13.56 MHz technology. SICK's RFID products are designed for material flow and intra-logistics applications, as well as distribution.

* Pick 2 Light curtain - a new product designed for easy installation and user-friendly operation - offering an ergonomic and economical solution for checking, picking and retrieval from small parts shelves.

* M4000, a new family of multiple light beam safety devices offering Category 4 safety in compliance with IEC 61496, and SIL 3, according to IEC 61508. These advanced, standard and area versions are modular, expandable with supplementary options, and offer a variety of beam numbers, separations and ranges.

Other systems on display include SICK's volume and laser measurement systems, designed to assist industry in a multitude of tasks, ranging from prevention of vehicle collisions to monitoring docking and handling tasks, to protecting buildings, counting people, classifying and sorting products, and measuring bulk materials.

Its industrial sensor division provides a range of products designed to locate production differences rapidly and reliably, detect quality deviations during running operation, and optimise processes throughout all phases.

These include industrial safety systems, such as photoelectric switches, light grids, laser scanners and interlocks, to ensure effective personal protection and accident prevention in automated production and logistical processes.

SICK's Auto-Ident product portfolio of solutions include linear stationary bar code reading devices as well as radio frequency identification (RFID) for controlling material flows on conveyor systems and mobile hand-held scanners for rapid and reliable detection of linear bar codes or 2D-codes.

SICK's services also include commissioning, accredited safety inspections, device repair and exchange service, machine stop time measurements, technical advice and training.

Founded in 1946, SICK now have more than 40 international subsidiaries employing over 3600 people worldwide. The Australian company, established in 1982 and with approximately $5 million of sensors and accessories at its central warehouse facility, is able to provide Australia wide delivery of standard products within 24 hours.

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