Sick recently installed miniature photoelectric sensors on accumulating conveyors for reliable detection of gapless consecutive boxes.
Sick’s sensor solutions for TGW offered advantages such as compact design, ample functional reserves and high reliability to score well in the task of direct handling of carton boxes.
TGW is a major materials handling specialist offering solutions for warehousing, production, order picking and distribution applications.
TGW, together with its American subsidiary developed a control engineering solution that enables direct handling of carton boxes.
The system comprises of a pneumatic accumulation roller conveyor with low dynamic pressure and a corresponding logic module, which enables the user to remove boxes from the conveyor either individually or in a chain.
To facilitate reliable detection of the boxes, TGW wanted a sensor solution that could be integrated into the conveyor segment without taking up much space, required no setting work and could be connected directly to the logic module.
Sick offered their integration-friendly miniature photoelectric sensors for TGW’s new solution.
Sick’s Z sensor range of miniature photoelectric sensors was developed in close cooperation with TGW for detecting the cartons to meet all pre-conditions for compact design and minimal integration effort.
The miniature design of the photoelectric sensors allowed optimal installation in defined slots in the roller conveyor segments.
The sensors were quickly and economically commissioned thanks to simple setting options, minimal need for additional functions and direct connection to the logic modules.
In operation, the integrated ASIC technology guarantees high detection performance with features such as reliable background suppression and safeguard against the influence of neighboring sensors.
The specially designed miniature sensors incorporated optics that could turn steplessly in different directions for maximum detection.
Key benefits of Sick’s photoelectric sensors
- Close cooperation during project definition and development enabled a precise solution
- Miniature sensors allowed space-saving detection solutions to match specific applications
- Functional design and direct connection to logic modules reduced procurement and commissioning costs