The Internet of Things makes information available to everyone at any time and customers increasingly expect fast, flexible services. As a result, production and logistics processes must also be as flexible as possible, while at the same time allowing for increases in productivity. This can be achieved by using intelligent and flexible sensors that enable batch size 1 to be manufactured quickly and cost-effectively. They allow improvements to be made while the system is in operation, without production having to be interrupted.
The challenges involved in Industry 4.0 cannot be overcome without the large volumes of data captured and pre-evaluated by intelligent SICK sensors before they are sent out into the world of data. SICK sensors guarantee transparency at every stage of the value added process. In addition, they are backwardly compatible. Industry 4.0 sensors can be used in existing automation architectures, but they can also communicate with higher-level systems.