Tips & Tricks

Understand SICK’s Communication Language (CoLa) for Lidar Solutions

Understand SICK's Communication Language (CoLa) for Lidar Solutions

Gain a better understanding of how to use SICK’s Communication Language (CoLa) for its LMS and TiM Lidar solutions when writing application software. SICK’s SOPAS software has a Terminal Tool, which is ideal for users/developers as a reference utility for testing time-of-flight CoLa messages. This tool can

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How to Locate Autonomous Vehicles in a Warehouse Using the NAV350 2D Laser Scanner

How to Locate Autonomous Vehicles in a Warehouse Using the NAV350 2D Laser Scanner

The NAV350 2D laser scanner provides precise navigation for maximum efficiency, and can be used to locate autonomous vehicles in any area of the warehouse. With the help of SOPAS software, the NAV350 will minimize the complexity of the AGV control system by internally computing the AGV’s

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Understand the Differences Between Muting and Blanking

Understand the Differences Between Muting and Blanking

Safety light curtains can be used in a variety of different modes such as muting, blanking and floating blanking, depending on the needs of the application. The terms muting and blanking are frequently used incorrectly. This post will help clarify the difference between the two so the

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How to Use an Ethernet Switch to Connect to a Network In Order to Capture Data Between a PLC and a Scanner

How to Use an Ethernet Switch to Connect to a Network In Order to Capture Data Between a PLC and a Scanner

The purpose of this post is to explain how best to connect to an existing network to capture data between a PLC and a scanner using an Ethernet switch.  A common mistake people make is not using port mirroring, which means that the Ethernet switch sends a

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What is my safety laser scanner telling me? microScan3 edition

What is my safety laser scanner telling me?  microScan3 edition

  This guide applies only to the microScan3 safety laser scanner.  These instructions do not replace the product operating manual.  If you have another model of safety laser scanner from SICK, see our previous post for more information about the diagnostic logs.  When lights are flashing on

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