Faster system programming promised
24 February 2020
SICK has unveiled its SIG200 PROFINET Sensor Integration Gateway, the first in a family of intelligent Industry 4.0 gateways designed to work as both IO-Link Masters and small, distributed control systems in one.
It is designed to configure localised sensor applications as part of automated warehousing and logistics machinery, while unlocking access to valuable process and performance data from the sensors to enterprise-level and cloud-based systems.
SICK’s SIG200 Sensor Integration Gateway is an IO-Link Master with an on-board web server that collects, converts and transmits signals from IO-Link devices from any manufacturer. SICK’s innovative DualTalk technology means the SIG200 needs only one cable to communicate simultaneously via the fieldbus with the machine controller and with higher-level automation or web-based systems. Data can be integrated transparently into both common PLC environments and higher-level systems.
The SIG200’s built-in logic and remote intelligence make it quick and easy to solve simple warehouse and materials handling application tasks, even independently of the PLC.
David Hannaby, SICK’s UK product manager for presence detection, explains: “The logic editor has a great drag and drop function so you can visualise all the connected sensor and actuator signals and measured values without the need for special software knowledge. It saves a huge amount of programming time, effort and cost.
“Process control functions, for example activating a mechanical pusher to reject products from a conveyor system, can be configured and set to operate autonomously without the need for the PLC. So, the communication load in the fieldbus is reduced at the same time.”