Research and development are important issues for the SG Nickl.

Therefore the SG Nickl was able to further expand its technical expertise.

As a result of a research project supported by the Land of Lower Saxony, the feed system of our slush machines has been improved significantly.

The system has been optimized substantially with regard to the cycle time and reliability. It proved its efficacy in the field since its launch about a year ago.

Project 'Clean SEALution System'

Currently the Servicegesellschaft Nickl develops a fully automated, robot guided cleaning system for seals within the scope of an EU-funded research project.
The cleaning system consists of a collaborative robot, a high-definition camera as well as a brush and vacuum system.

The operator guides the robot by hand to an arbitrary spot on the pathway of the seal. Automatically the camera system detects the contour of seal visually.
The operator can now start the cleaning process. The robot repositions the cleaning system by reference to the calculated pathway of the seal.
This allows the implementation of condition-based maintenance according to Total Productive Maintenance. Worn or damaged seals can be detected and replaced timely. The system supports in achieving a high process reliability as well as avoiding high consequential costs.
The operator can check the status of the cleaning on external devices like smartphones/tablets via a specially programmed app at any time.
The acquired data informs the operator constantly about the current status of the seal and the system components.

The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2007. We would be pleased to keep you up-to-date on the availability.

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We would like to express our sincere thanks for the excellent support with the application of the project and the necessary administrative management by the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Lüneburg.