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Industrial Solutions - Packaging Industry

Supplier: SICK Sensor Intelligence

The packaging industry needs sensors and sensor systems that are designed for complex, frequently changing tasks, while meeting increasingly demanding brand protection, safety and documentation requirements.


From the robust, IP69K photoelectric switches for detecting glass, through intelligent camera sensors for inspecting the position of packaging components, to complex laser systems for controlling loading robots – SICK systems meet your requirements in every way. With considerable advantages regarding performance, networkability and flexibility.

Primary packaging, liquids: 

Filling of beverages 

Identifying transparent objects (e.g. PET bottles), coping with contamination, detecting positions in the process, and all of this at high speeds – the robust sensors from SICK have been “at home” in rotative filling systems for decades and offer correspondingly optimized performance.
Filling of dairy products 

Composite cartons have proved ideal (because hygienic), nutrition-retaining, economical and logistically advantageous primary packaging of drinks, dairy products and other liquid foods. The steps from the box to correctly filled packaging are many and varied. Leading in the process – from start to finish: efficient sensor solutions from SICK.

Primary packaging,  solids: 

Packaging of meat goods 

The hygienic demands of food legislation force the meat-processing industry to make special efforts during the construction and operation of their machines and plant. Temperature, humidity and the stipulated plant cleaning cycles with caustic solutions can drastically affect machine technology, and particularly the electronics. After many decades of proven performance and reliability under the harshest of conditions, inductive sensors, photoelectric switches and hand-held scanners from SICK have lived up to the challenge.

Packaging of bulk materials  

The sensors in bag packaging machines control the cutting of the bags, regulate their filling, and check the sell-by date. The solution for the entire process chain is illustrated here using the example of cereal packaging.

Packaging of single products 

Inserting a variety of chocolates correctly and rapidly in the right mix is a task whose solution requires a highly complex robot system. Motor feedback systems from SICK are ideal “feelers” for all pick & place robots.

Secondary packaging: 

Labelling machines

Attaching small, thin labels and reliably checking them, even if they are strongly reflective is critical for a labelling machine. Photoelectric sensors and photoelectric proximity sensors provide the necessary sensitivity to allow them to shine in labelling machines – reliably at maximum work speeds.


The cartoning of articles is a complex process, in which SICK sensors take on the most varied of tasks. IO Link, the innovative interface from SICK, ensures maximum process efficiency and rapid, comfortable conversion during format changes.

Code printers  

The pharmaceutical industry cannot afford any mistakes – neither in primary nor in secondary packaging of medicaments. SICK sensors recognize all poorly printed codes and reliably inform the machine controller.

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