New IDpro platform from SICK allows application-specific selection of automatic identification solution
IDpro permits an application-specific selection of suitable automatic identification products from a single producer.
Selecting a suitable automatic identification solution can be complex as there is no single correct identification technology. Technical requirements can often be realised using different technologies such as bar codes, 2D codes and RFID. Suitability of each solution depends on the application and its basic technical and economic conditions.
SICK’s new IDpro platform is designed to meet industry demands for standard integration and operating platforms to enable companies to use the marking technology appropriate in each case without having to make a heavy investment for integration and training.
IDpro – three technologies, one integration concept
IDpro from SICK is a portfolio strategy across technologies for the CLV6xx, LECTOR620, and RFH620 product families. The industry-compatible design of the IDpro devices allows them to be connected, configured and parameterised in the same way, enabling cost-effective solutions for clients.
Generally, machine and plant builders have defined an in-house control and software structure. Conversion to a different automatic identification technology is quite often associated with substantial adjustment expenses.
The IDpro platform will allow users to apply the most suitable automatic identification technology on an order-by-order basis. For instance, when using 2D codes or RFID transponders, one can continue to apply the existing engineering and expertise, since one has automatically familiarised oneself also with 2D and RFID devices during training. IDpro therefore, contributes towards reducing training and documentation effort.
Likewise, IDpro affords security in planning and investment to integrators because their designs are not impacted by a change in technology. IDpro will allow them to use the basic concept of the solution, adapting the data capture on the object to the respective conditions and orders without having to carry out complex changes to the IT processes.
Laetus GmbH in the Hessian town of Alsbach-Hähnlein specialises in the development, production and sales of advance control systems for checking pharmaceutical packaging materials.
According to Günter Rodeck, Director Product Management Standard Systems, Marketing & Business Development at Laetus, building on the current network of CLV6xx bar code scanners, the new LECTOR620 will now be integrated into the existing structure.
He adds that they were able to build on the existing IDpro platform during the integration of LECTOR620, facilitating lower expenses for integration and training thanks to the standardised parameterisation software and operator interface.
SICK’s three automatic identification technologies, bar code, 2D, and RFID have been developed and manufactured in-house with a standard platform offering continuous operator interfaces, process interfaces, and connecting options.