SICK established it's United States subsidiary in 1976. SICK Product & Competence Center Americas, LLC (PCA), the shared services, manufacturing and production subsidiary was established in 2017. Our U.S. headquarters are located in Minneapolis, MN and we have sales offices throughout the U.S. In addition, SICK has more than 50 subsidiaries worldwide.
Our goal is to help our clients achieve their goals: high production rates, short processing times, safe environments and consistent high quality. We design and manufacture our cost-effective products to achieve a high level of precision, reliability and versatility.
SICK is a leading manufacturer of factory, logistics and process automation technology worldwide. With more than 1,000 patents for its products, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, consumer goods, logistics, parcel, material handling, oil and gas, chemical/HPI , power, and cement industries.
SICK’s expansive product portfolio includes:
- Industrial Sensors
- Safety Solutions
- Automatic Identification
- Gas, Dust, and Flow Analyzers
In addition, we have more than 70 years of application experience and a full-service support organization with 24/7 telephone assistance to meet the emerging needs of our customers.
Since our inception, we have led the world in opto-electronic safety solutions for hazardous machines and work areas. SICK continues to develop innovative point-of-operation devices, optical perimeter and area guards. Advanced functions of our safety control devices include fixed, floating, and multiple point floating blanking, Presence Sensing Device Initiation (PSDI) and multiple configurable muting controls.
With an innovative line of bar code line scanners, omni scanners, vision-based reading systems, integration software, and dimensioning products, SICK offers the industry's broadest range of solutions for automatic identification applications. And, we have more than 50 years of application experience and a full-service support organization with 24/7 telephone assistance to meet the emerging needs of our customers. High-performance, flexibility and simplicity are the hallmarks of SICK's bar code scanners and systems.
Our Environmental Monitors division is a worldwide supplier of opacity, gas, dust and flow analyzers. SICK's equipment utilizes in-situ technologies to provide the most cost-effective installation, operation and maintenance.
Tony Peet joined SICK in March 2012. He serves as CEO of the USA and Canadian Subsidiaries of SICK, a member of the Management Board and as the representative for North America on SICK's International Board.
Peet graduated from West Cumbria College, England with a degree in electrical engineering. He has global experience in general management, strategic marketing and sales leadership. Peet previously worked as the Managing Partner for Pazro Business Consulting and as the Vice President of Minco Products Inc. before coming to SICK.
Dave Szczepanski joined SICK in November 2012. He serves as President of the US Subsidiary and a member of the North American Management Board responsible for Service and Project Execution and Customer Care. Prior to this role, he was the Head of Logistics Automation where he built up the sales and marketing efforts in that space. He also called the SICK offices in Germany home for a time, gaining valuable intercultural experience.
Szczepanski graduated from GMI Engineering and Management (Kettering University) with a degree in electrical engineering. Szczepanski brings 20+ years of experience in systems execution, project management, and sales.
SICK Product & Competence Center Americas, LLC - Management
Arvind Sharma joined SICK in October 2021 as the Chief Operating Officer for Product & Competence Center - Americas. Arvind is a member of the Management Board and is responsible for all aspects of SICK’s North American production operations including Assembly Operations Management, Production Engineering, Production Planning, Repair, Product Quality, Supplier Quality, Procurement, Compliance, and Safety functions.
Prior to joining SICK, Arvind worked at Emerson as Director of Global Operations & Quality for a key business unit. During his 15 years with that company, he held various leadership roles in Strategic Sourcing, Demand Planning and Corporate Strategic Planning. Prior to that, Arvind worked at Elementis Pigments and Hilco Technologies for 7 years in operations management and controls engineering capacities.
Arvind has a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology & has a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University. Arvind has a CPIM certification from Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS).
Chief Legal and People Officer, SSC05
Elise Furlan joined SICK in 2014 as the only attorney outside of Germany. After working her way to Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, she now reports to Nicole Kurek as the Chief Legal and People Officer. She is a member of the SSC05 and PCA Boards and is responsible for the Human Resources and Legal operations throughout the upper North American Region.
Elise studied Economics and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations at Carleton College. She also received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota, studied finance and accounting at Harvard, and studied abroad at the University of Cambridge and the American University of Beirut, curating a great foundation in international perspectives.
In her time at SICK, Furlan has forged new processes, built relationships, and developed our world-class Legal Department.
Chief Financial Officer, SSC05 and PCA
Christian Weisenahl joined the US subsidiary of SICK in January of 2023. He serves as Chief Financial Officer for the US and Canadian Subsidiaries of SICK, is a member of the management board, and will be responsible for Finance & Controlling and IT for these units.
Weisenahl graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany in Business Administration. Weisenahl has territory management experience throughout Europe having headed the European sales office in Munich, Germany at Two Technologies, Inc. before heading Finance, Controlling & Internal Services of SICK’s German Sales & Service Unit from 2007 to 2017. In 2018, Weisenahl was appointed to the management board responsible for Finance & Controlling, HR and Service, as well as Purchasing, Order Processing, IT & e-Business, Management Systems and Facility Management.
Chief Technology Officer, PCA
Andreas Lautemann joined SICK in 2008 as a Production Engineer and now serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the PCA Management team, reporting to Dr. Niels Syassen. He will oversee R&D and Functional Safety, including all engineering functions; safety standards and competence; and Product Lifecycle Management Services, in addition to handling product management responsibilities.Prior to his current role at SICK, Lautemann was a Team Manager of Process Design and a Team Manager of Continuous and Customized Engineering, and most recently served as the head of the BU R&D Motor Feedback Systems in the Business Cluster Sensing Efficiency for the last 7 years.Andreas went to University in Hochschule Konstanz, Germany and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Andreas has brought his technology and leadership skills, distinctive customer-centric mindset, and the Business Cluster perspective to his role in the PCA.
Quality at SICK
Quality and Environmental Policy
SICK embodies quality in its commitment to completely satisfy the current and future expectations of our customers. To meet this commitment we establish long term relationships with both our suppliers and customers.
SICK commits to comply with all standard requirements and utilize continuous improvement as means to improve the effectiveness of the quality management system.
SICK, being aware of our responsibility to the environment, is dedicated to continual improvement and the prevention of pollution through the setting and reviewing of our environmental objectives and targets, and promises to comply with all applicable environmental legislation and regulations. In addition, we are committed to the economical use of resources, minimization of emissions, and the development of environmentally friendly products.
SICK management ensures that all SICK personnel, who are key to the achievement of our goals, have the awareness and skills to participate in and carry out this policy.
SICK is proud to be certified to the ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 standards.
Voluntarily pursued by organizations committed to customer satisfaction, ISO 9001 certification ensures the quality of our design, manufacturing and service process. It verifies that our products and services are produced with documented quality control procedures that meet global standards.
SICK products are designed using the latest available technologies and cost-effective manufacturing methods for exceptional customer value. We recognize that each application requires absolute dependability and the products we sell must fit into a wide range of environments. That's why we design our products using state-of-the-art hardware platforms, the best available designs and the latest in communications capabilities. The result is products that are more compact, easier to install and maintain and packed with the latest technological advances for maximum ongoing performance and reliability. Our industrial sensors, automatic identification solutions, machine vision, and safety systems lead the industry in new technology and innovation.