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Product News: SICK's deTec4 Smart Box Detection

March 16, 2022
Promises safe and intelligent human-material differentiation for rectangular-conveyed objects.

The deTec4 Smart Box Detection access-protection system from SICK

With the introduction of the deTec4 Smart Box Detection access-protection system from SICK, secondary packaging machines in the end-of-line area, top and side loaders, or sorter and ejector modules can now be operated in a safe and user-friendly manner, promises its maker.

With the help of a reliable pattern detection logic, Smart Box Detection can safely differentiate rectangular objects, such as boxes, from people and body parts in the inlet and outlet zones of packaging machines or logistics conveying systems. This allows the boxes to be transported continuously without any stops into and out of fenced in machines. Since the safety solution requires no external process signals or muting sensors, it allows a cost-effective, flexible, compact, and maintenance-optimized machine design while also ensuring maximum operator safety, per SICK.

It can detect objects with a rectangular contour and measuring 13 cm or greater in height as they enter the constantly active deTec4 protective field. An intelligent evaluation of the interrupted light beam ensures a safe differentiation between humans and materials, as people that move over a conveying line or reach into a machine have a fundamentally different geometry and create a significantly different beam interruption pattern. This reliably avoids erroneous safety stops of the conveying equipment.