IT in Manufacturing


Creating specific SensorApps

June 2020 IT in Manufacturing

Create individual SensorApps without programming skills and solve new automation tasks easily. Starting at the end of the year, this will all be possible in the SICK AppStudio, part of the SICK AppSpace ecosystem.

“Automation concepts are rarely standard”, explains Dr Timo Mennle, SICK AppSpace strategic product manager. “Even if you are supposedly dealing with a standard problem, additional configuration and customisation work is required for many projects. These are details that could quickly result in higher costs and delays during installation. SICK customers can create their own individualised SensorApps to solve individual sensor applications, without having to program anything.”

SICK AppSpace opens doors

In the SICK AppSpace ecosystem, programmable sensors and edge devices can be configured for new tasks using SensorApps. Many apps are already available for download via the SICK AppPool. For specific applications, SensorApps can also be used independently by the customer and developed together with SICK experts with the support of a developer community. Until now, basic programming skills were required to generate your own SensorApps in SICK AppStudio.

With a new graphic interface, users can now solve specific sensor applications even without programming skills by configuring and linking predefined function blocks in a data flow. The starting point is always figuring out what the sensor has to do. “If a customer wants to differentiate between and count deodorant bottles using the cap colour, he creates a data flow from function blocks existing in a library. After every step, he gets a preview of the result and can adjust the configuration right away,” says Mennle of the creation process. “Thanks to the open architecture of SensorApps, there is still the option of adjusting the source code of function blocks to implement more challenging applications and individual requirements.”

New SensorApps for the AppPool

“By graphically processing data flows, we create the foundation for a larger target and user group,” concludes Mennle. “Now, more users can take advantage of this for their applications. The rising demand for new and adapted function blocks can be satisfied from our growing community of developers. The diversity and possibilities of the SICK AppPool are growing, as are the fields of application of sensors and sensor systems.”

For more information contact Grant Joyce, SICK Automation Southern Africa, +27 10 060 0558, grant.joyce@sickautomation.co.za, www.sickautomation.co.za


Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Predictive analytics for artificial lifts
September 2020, Emerson Automation Solutions , IT in Manufacturing
Machine learning and artificial intelligence applications in artificial lift systems have seen a growth in importance recently and are no longer a nice to have, but essential tools for well optimisation.

Read more...
Making Machine-as-a-Service a reality
September 2020, RJ Connect , IT in Manufacturing
Using cloud-based software, machine builders can access their machines anytime, allowing connections to be set up to link the machine builders and their clients.

Read more...
Validation goes digital
September 2020, Siemens Digital Industries , IT in Manufacturing
CVal allows customers in the pharmaceutical industry to produce digital, auditable plant documentation through efficient data handling across all disciplines using a central database and object orientation.

Read more...
Prevent backward driving accidents
September 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa , Sensors & Transducers
To prevent collisions and improve worker safety, Cologne-based sugar producer Pfeifer & Langen selected SICK Automation’s Visionary-B CV 3D driver assistance system for use at its reloading point.

Read more...
The Eight Commandments to digitising your shop floor workforce
September 2020 , IT in Manufacturing
Digitise your shop floor workforce and bundle insights, examples and lessons learned from PwC’s experience in digital transformation into eight practical commandments.

Read more...
The digital twin explained
August 2020, Yokogawa South Africa , IT in Manufacturing
The digital twin defined A digital twin is a virtual, digital copy of a device, system, or process that accurately mimics actual performance in real time, is executable, can be manipulated, and allows ...

Read more...
Safe operation of CNG stations
August 2020, SICK Automation Southern Africa , Flow Measurement & Control
SICK’s Flowsic500 gas meter, used in State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic’s (SOCAR) transfer and measurement stations, has shown to meet stringent compressed natural gas (CNG) production protocols. ...

Read more...
Aguru trials Safe-Trace Contact Tracing at Adcock Ingram
August 2020 , IT in Manufacturing
Aguru Business Solutions (Aguru), a company specialising in automation and digital transformation advisory and project management services, has successfully completed a Proof of Concept (PoC) trial of ...

Read more...
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
July 2020 , IT in Manufacturing
  

Read more...
Smart engineering directly in the cloud
June 2020, Beckhoff Automation , IT in Manufacturing
PC-based control is an open, central control platform that integrates a full range of machine functionality and optimally supports the implementation of highly efficient IoT-based automation strategies. ...

Read more...