As a sensor supplier for major manufacturers throughout the United States, SICK, Inc. has local United States production capabilities that enable it to better serve its customers to keep the supply chain moving. SICK produces materials in a close-to-the-market fashion, with a regional focus. In the United States, SICK has positioned production sites in each region to meet the demand from customers in each region.
The production facility in Minneapolis, Minn. is one of the main production sites for a wide variety of SICK products, which now includes the flagship light curtain line, deTec4. As the North American manufacturer of this product, SICK, Inc. produces these devices each year for markets in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The company’s global headquarters in Waldkirch, Germany is still the main global supplier of these products, but the local production enables SICK to respond faster to growing demands customers are facing.
In addition to the deTec4, the Minneapolis facility also produces zone control modules for roller conveyors, various photoelectric sensors, fiber optic sensor heads, encoders, and sensor brackets, reflectors, and other assorted accessories.
Along with the production of SICK products, US production facilities also have the capability to create customizations for individual customers. This means SICK can customize products created in the United States and also make local alterations to any products made worldwide.
With a growing need for greater flexibility in the supply chain, SICK’s local production capabilities enable it to react more nimbly to its customer’s needs and have the inventory needed to meet demands. In the near future, the Minneapolis production facility will also be expanding to accommodate this greater need for local production.