SENSING technologies from SICK UK launched at the PPMA Show 2014, 30th September – 2nd October, will ensure that even the most challenging packaging materials, labelling and designs can be detected reliably without compromising production efficiency.

SICK’s packaging and processing product specialists will be on hand to discuss with visitors how a range of products are designed to increase throughput, save production costs, reduce downtime and support quality validation and traceability.

Glynn Edwards SICK UK’s FMCG segment manager said: “New technologies from SICK provide a huge opportunity for manufacturing progress – but they are still only half the story. At the PPMA show this year we hope to take some extra time with our customers to discuss how we can best work with them to optimise their production.

“We hope everyone visiting the SICK stand will gain at least one new insight that they can take back to improve their own processes. We want them to feel we took time out for networking and discussion with them.”

Headlining new technologies developed for packaging processing applications at the show include a range of products designed to detect the packaging that many sensors find difficult or impossible to ‘see’ reliably.

The SICK TranspaTect photoelectric distance sensor achieves the most advanced detection to date of clear materials and films and is particularly suited for transparent and semi-transparent trays and bottles. The SICK TranspaTect’s high optical performance and detection accuracy promise improved production efficiencies in processes such as picking, placing, labelling and printing.

Even matt-black – one of the more difficult packaging colours – is no problem for the new SICK W2S family of sub-miniature photoelectric positioning sensors. The W2S enables high-speed conveying lines to integrate modern sensing power cost-effectively, even with the most challenging of packaging designs, including jet black, brightly coloured, matt, and transparent of highly reflective objectives. 

Pharmaceutical, Food, FMCG and cosmetics packaging all need human readable on-pack data, such as batch, lot numbers and best-before expiry dates.  These numbers, letters, symbols and codes need to be verified, be of a readable quality and match the barcode to ensure the right data is associated with the right pack.   With the launch of a the  SICK Lector 620 OCR scanner Optical Character Recognition, Optical Character Verification, 2D and barcode reading are combined in a single device to provide outstanding reading capability for quality validation and traceability. 

The SICK DeltaPac uses patented technology to eliminate the need to separate packs on a FMCG production line. Where previously a clear gap had to be left between packs, the SICK DeltaPac differentiates between packs in a completely new way, detecting changes in their outline contours at speeds of up to 3 m/s and 200,000 units an hour. The result is more reliable upstream process control and downstream accuracy for printing, labelling and palletisation.

Even the simplest changes can reap rewards on conveyor lines. The super-quick new mounting design for the compact and tough SICK G10 sensor enables engineers to install new or replacement optical sensors in just 10 sections. Thanks to its Q-mount screw less systems you can set up the G10 on its bracket in a few simple clicks.

“We fully appreciate that every manufacturer has a different set of challenges to face. So we would encourage people to come to the stand and share their thoughts with us. SICK prides itself on its broad technology portfolio so there is sure to be a solution available that we can help with.”

For an even ‘tastier’ experience, why not come along during SICK’s hospitality slots at 12.30 – 1.30 and during the last hour of the show each day, on Stand A18.