SICK, Inc. and AutoCoding Systems Form Partnership for US Market
Offering consumer goods industry a complete sensor and software solution
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., APRIL 2, 2019 – SICK has chosen to form a partnership with software solution provider for the consumer goods industry, AutoCoding Systems (ACS). This partnership will enable SICK to provide customers with a combined package of SICK’s innovative sensor technology and ACS’s software platform, giving customers dynamic control of their packaging lines to ensure success.
With the increasing complexity of packaging types and the rising frequency of artwork changes and promotional offers, it has become more important for manufacturers to reduce, if not eliminate, any errors in the coding and packaging of products. This is particularly important where mistakes can result in a risk to consumer health. By implementing a combined package of SICK’s extensive sensor product portfolio and ACS’ software solution, manufacturers can ensure the integrity of their products.
Industry Leader in Complete Solutions
Currently, factories throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia have a combination of SICK sensors, barcode readers, and vision products with ACS software solutions installed on their lines. The combination of both provides the customer reliability and accuracy with the sensor and flexibility in the software platform.
SICK products and ACS’ coding and packaging verification solutions can be used in a range of applications. SICK’s Lector image-based code readers are used for 1D and 2D barcode scanning to check retail barcodes, backweb label barcodes, and packaging artwork barcodes. ACS also has a number of vision installations that incorporate SICK’s ICR inspectors and IVC-3D cameras, and are currently integrating with the new Inspector P series of cameras.
Reducing Errors in Consumer Goods Industry
In addition to integration with SICK scanners, inspectors, and cameras, ACS’ advanced coding management software is designed to control and manage a wide range of different packaging line devices. The full solution provides dynamic control of your packaging line, ensuring that the packaging line stops in the event of too many misreads or no-reads detected from the SICK sensor or if a device malfunction is detected.
The opportunity with this complete solution provides the consumer goods industry a method to greatly reduce date-coding errors and downtime related to product changeovers. SICK and AutoCoding Systems are working together to identify target markets where this complete solution can solve basic and complex applications to deliver measureable results.
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With more than 1000 patents, 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 logistics, automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, and material handling markets. SICK AG was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.