classic | mobile


SA Instrumentation & Control Buyers' Guide


Intelligent scanners for the food and beverage industry
December 2017, Sensors & Transducers

SICK Automation has developed a range of barcode scanners to address the challenges of the food and beverage industry. These feature innovative technologies to provide highly accurate track and trace performance in challenging environments, such as in freezers and in wet conditions. The scanners also adhere to strict hygiene requirements and are resilient to potentially harmful cleaning chemicals.

Traceability is of paramount importance in the food and beverage industry. Companies need to be able to identify when, where and by whom products were received, processed, stored, transported, consumed and disposed of, and must provide fully documented proof thereof. SICK Automation barcode scanners are used throughout the industry for this reason, tracking and tracing all processes from delivery of the raw materials through to intralogistics.

“In this highly regulated industry, it is essential not only to have scanners that are able to track and identify every single item for safety and logistical reasons, but also that are able to withstand challenges like constantly changing temperatures and high-pressure cleaners, for example,” explains Mark Madeley, identification manager, SICK Automation Southern Africa.

SICK offers intelligent sensor solutions for every application challenge in this industry, ranging from easily integrated compact devices and standalone systems to programmable high-speed cameras. The company offers a range of technologies to detect barcodes, 2D codes and RFID tags, even when the print quality is poor, the codes are damaged or films or other reflective surfaces have been applied over the top of them.

Safe and clean scanning solutions

Undoubtedly two of the largest concerns in the food and beverage industry are safety and hygiene. This has been addressed with the scanners that feature IP69K-rated stainless steel housings, providing chemical and corrosion resistance and fully leak-proof performance, even in high-pressure cleaning applications. In order to guarantee that no broken glass contaminates the production process, the scanners’ optical interfaces are manufactured from robust polycarbonate – also making them resistant to water, chlorine-based disinfectants, solvents, oils and greases.

Other challenges affecting scanner performance in the industry are the fluctuating temperatures in manufacturing and storing processes. “When a scanner is exposed to constantly changing temperatures, from the freezer to the loading bay, for example, its screen often mists up which reduces readability,” points out Madeley. “We have addressed this with front-screen heaters that prevent mist on the reading window, allowing reliable operation at temperatures as low as -25°C.”

Easily integrated into fast-paced manufacturing applications

This range of food and beverage scanners is suitable for fast-paced operations, with frequencies of up to 1200 Hz. They also feature optimised depth of field, oscillating mirrors and real-time autofocus functionality to increase the accuracy of their read rates and ensure data is accurately captured. In addition, owing to the scanners’ wide aperture angle, one device can cover the majority of conveyor belt widths, making them well suited for long reading distances.

These food and beverage scanner solutions ensure the safety and efficiency of every process, from produce to consumer levels. They integrate with each other by utilising the company’s standardised connectivity system – 4Dpro. This allows the different scanners to be combined and exchanged with one another, owing to their common connectivity system, user interface and accessories. These benefits protect investment, reduce the amount of integration work needed during commissioning and maintenance, and keep stock levels and storage costs to a minimum.

For more information contact Mark Madeley, SICK Automation Southern Africa, +27 (0)11 472 3733,,

Supplied By: SICK Automation Southern Africa
Tel: +27 11 472 3733
Fax: +27 11 472 3078
Share via email     Share via LinkedIn   Print this page

Further reading:

  • Telco sensors in food and beverage applications
    December 2017, Gail Norton Instrumentation, Sensors & Transducers
    Telco provides the packaging industry with infrared sensor solutions for challenging applications. The company’s sensor solution experience and problem-solving spans various fields including packaging, ...
  • New high-performance cable option for accelerometers
    December 2017, Automation & Control Solutions, Sensors & Transducers
    In response to a growing demand for vibration monitoring in tough manufacturing and process environments, Hansford Sensors has launched a brand new FEP cable option for its high-performance vibration ...
  • Combined velocity and temperature sensor
    December 2017, Instrotech, Sensors & Transducers
    Monitran has introduced the MTN/2285STC, a combined velocity and temperature sensor with 4-20 mA range outputs for industrial monitoring applications. A dual-output sensor, it is ideal for monitoring ...
  • Absolute accuracy with the Hengstler Acuro encoder
    December 2017, Countapulse Controls, Sensors & Transducers
    Absolute encoders are considered ideal for applications where a power outage requires machinery to reorient without having to reconfigure any of its settings. This is because an absolute encoder is suited ...
  • Current, voltage and frequency converter
    December 2017, Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa, Sensors & Transducers
    Parker Hannifin has introduced the SCMA-VADC-710 current, voltage and frequency converter. This manageable device is switched between SensoControl measuring instruments such as The Parker Service Master ...
  • Cordex introduces the Toughpix Digitherm pocket-size digital and thermal imaging camera
    December 2017, Extech Safety Systems, Sensors & Transducers
    Compact enough to fit into any work pocket, but rugged enough to take the hits, Toughpix Digitherm is a go-anywhere camera providing the power and resilience to get the job done. Rugged, powerful and ...
  • New Luxmeter for luminance control
    December 2017, ASSTech Process Electronics & Instrumentation, Sensors & Transducers
    Kimo has introduced the new LX 100 Luxmeter, a handheld instrument dedicated to the monitoring and control and of luminance for areas such as workstations, offices, sport installations, parking facilities ...
  • Stay safe with SICK Automation
    November 2017, SICK Automation Southern Africa, IS & Ex
    Components evolve into ready to install safety systems.
  • SICK Automation relocates to accommodate its expanding footprint
    November 2017, SICK Automation Southern Africa, News
    SICK Automation Southern Africa has relocated and is operating from Lanseria Corporate Estate, number 24 Eagle Lane – effective 4 September 2017. The new premises, five times larger than the original ...
  • Sasol chooses SICK object detection systems
    November 2017, SICK Automation Southern Africa, News
    SICK Automation recently equipped reclaimers at Sasol Mining’s Twisdraai Export Plant and Sasol Coal Supply with its 905 nm infrared LiDAR scanner object-detection systems. With its robust engineering, ...
  • Sensors for silo monitoring
    November 2017, Gail Norton Instrumentation, Sensors & Transducers
    The TAG level switch functions in all kinds of materials, conductive as well as non-conductive, fluids, and liquids (grains, powders, plastic raw materials, oils and fuels, water and sewage etc).    The ...
  • Wenglor’s smallest transit time sensor
    November 2017, ASSTech Process Electronics & Instrumentation, Sensors & Transducers
    Wenglor has introduced its smallest transit time sensor, measuring just 32x16x12 mm. The new P1KY10x distance sensor with an IO-Link interface and ranges of up to 1 500 mm, offers a unique combination ...

Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd
1st Floor, Stabilitas House
265 Kent Ave, Randburg, 2194
South Africa
Publications by Technews
Dataweek Electronics & Communications Technology
Electronic Buyers Guide (EBG)

Hi-Tech Security Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Business Directory

Motion Control in Southern Africa
Motion Control Buyers’ Guide (MCBG)

South African Instrumentation & Control
South African Instrumentation & Control Buyers’ Guide (IBG)
Terms & conditions of use, including privacy policy
PAIA Manual


    classic | mobile

Copyright © Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.