Case Study
Delivering up-to-date information on a varied and diverse product line via the iPad


SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems and automatic identification products for industrial applications. SICK, Inc. the North American subsidiary of SICK was established in 1976 and is headquartered in Minneapolis Minnesota.


For SICK Inc, OPI created a custom branded iPad catalog application and web based content management solution to manage and deliver up to date information on a varied and diverse product line. This allows SICK to deliver a complete set of product information and marketing materials that crosses multiple product lines and industrial applications.


  • iOS Development
  • Grails Development
  • Project Architecture
  • AWS Cloud Configuration and Deployment
  • Google Analytics Integration
  • SICK app on ipad

Business Benefit

The application enables the sales force to present complete information without the need to carry or ship large volumes of printed materials. SICK sales personnel have been able to capitalize on cross product line sales opportunities more quickly and completely since they have off line access to a wider variety of information and media immediately at hand. New product information can be highlighted and pushed out much more quickly and economically.

SICK app for ipad

Sick app on the ipad

Project Highlights

  • Customized solution to navigate a large volume of information
  • Promoted increased sales productivity and cross-sales
  • Built in analytics to determine what information is being used
  • Client managed and organized resources that do not require an app update
  • Reliable and flexible content synchronization for maximum data availability


  • iOS 8 iPad Targeted Development (iPad 2 and up)
  • iOS Core Data, Asynchronous file download, E-Mail, OpenGL
  • In app checking for updates and triggering of automatic OTA Enterprise updates
  • FastPDFKit SDK for optimized PDF viewing
  • Embedded display of video resources
  • Grails based ContentManager web application to specify the content to be stored on the iPad and the catalog structure.
  • Tomcat for ContentManager web application container
  • Amazon EC2 used for ContentManager web application hosting
  • Integrated Google Analytics for tracking resource usage and crash reporting
  • XCode for iOS Development
  • IntelliJ IDE for Grails ContentManager web application