SICK and Vention partner on enhanced robot-guidance systems

June 9, 2021
The manufacturing automation platform promises to accelerate the design and deployment of modular applications for robot guidance systems.

SICK announced a partnership with Vention to combine SICK’s PLB and PLOC2D systems with Vention’s manufacturing-automation platform to accelerate the design and deployment of applications custom-built for robot guidance systems. 

Vention’s cloud-based platform allows customers to design, automate, and deploy SICK robot guidance systems with 2D and 3D vision solutions for use in automated bin picking applications. SICK’s PLB and PLOC2D systems offer flexible robot integration functions that make them easy to use with any robot brand, per the company. This is further enhanced through the Vention platform.

“This partnership will enable customers to design, automate, and deploy custom-built robot cells with increased speed and simplicity. SICK and Vention's combined expertise, coupled with a shared dedication to customer service creates a compelling offering for a variety of customer needs, from novice to automation experts,” said Patrick Halde, chief business-development officer at Vention.

The PLB 3D bin picking and PLOC2D vision solutions are already available for machine design on the Vention platform. The PLB robot-guidance system provides flexible and reliable part localization for bin picking and depalletizing applications, regardless of part shape and orientation, per the partners. A range of 3D cameras compatible with the PLB software provide high-quality images for reliable part localization, collision avoidance, and overlap detection. The PLOC2D robot guidance system provides an interface and  robot-integration functions for 2D pick-and-place applications.

“Our partnership with Vention provides distinct advantages to our customers looking for modular robotic solutions,” said Kam Yuen, head of market product-management systems at SICK USA. “With Vention’s AI-enabled and cloud-based platform, our customers will be able to design, order, and assemble custom equipment to improve manufacturing processes.”