As the New Year begins, SICK looks back at our top blog posts of 2015! We’re also looking forward to sharing even more tips, tricks, and insights…and videos, infographics, and more…with you in 2016! Take a look at our year in review.

In reverse order, here are the top 5 posts of 2015:

5. Video: 3D Printing for Prototyping

3d printing 3Part of our 3D printing blog series, this post takes a closer look at one of the most common uses for 3D printing: prototyping.  According to a recent survey by PwC, 34% of surveyed companies utilize 3D printing for prototyping.  Read the full post to learn more and to watch a time-lapsed video of an actual prototype being printed at SICK!

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4. Video: Making Collaborative Robots Mobile

Collaborative-RobotsPart of our cobots blog series, this guest post from Clearpath Robotics shares how mobile platforms are increasing the versatility of collaborative robots by allowing cobots to move freely throughout the workspace and complete even more unique tasks. Read the full post to learn more and watch the video to see a mobile platform in action.

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3. Safety Light Curtain Alignment in 5 Simple Steps

SICK-Safety-light-curtainsSafety light curtains are a reliable and cost-effective method to protect against access into hazardous points and areas. They range from small and compact types to extremely rugged and resistant variants that withstand special ambient conditions up to the highest safety level. Read the full post to learn how to align SICK's safety light curtains in 5 simple steps.

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2. Infographic: Barcodes – Ringing up Sales Past, Present, and Future

gus_en_Barcode-History-Infographic_600x669The next time you're in a long checkout line, you may want to consider yourself lucky. Why? Although waiting may be an annoyance, your wait time could be twice as long if a little thing called a barcode hadn’t been invented. Check out our infographic to learn more about the history—and future—of barcodes!

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1. Video: Calculate Encoder Resolution: Absolute vs. Incremental

Encoder-Resolution-ImageOne of the most important factors to consider before choosing an encoder for your application is the resolution. The encoder resolution will be calculated differently based on whether you are using an incremental or an absolute encoder. Read the post and watch the video to learn how resolution is calculated for these two encoder types.

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