SICK UK has announced the launch of the DeltaPac, said to be the first ever photoelectric sensor able to detect individual packs on a conveyor without a gap between them. The DeltaPac will help production teams achieve high levels of accuracy and throughput speeds whilst reducing the risk of pile-ups and stoppages.
“SICK DeltaPac is a true breakthrough in sensing for packaging applications using patented technology to eliminate the need to separate packs on a FMCG production line,” explains Phil Dyas, SICK UK’s industrial sensor specialist.“Up until now, a clear gap had to be left between packs in order for an optical sensor’s beam of light to be returned by the reflector positioned on the opposite side of the conveyor.
“The DeltaPac differentiates between packs in a completely new way, detecting changes in their outline contours at speeds of up to 3 m/s and 200,000 units an hour. The result is more reliable upstream process control and downstream accuracy for printing, labelling and palletisation.”