Here’s an option that can reduce the time it takes to design safety into a machine system. The NX Series Safety Controllers combine automation and safety on the same EtherCAT® network in a mixed I/O backplane for design flexibility and minimal wiring costs. The intuitive software programming environment reduces machine and safety design time, while an auto configuration restart function eliminates the need for tools or software to exchange I/O hardware. The result is a seamlessly integrated approach that helps maximize machine flexibility, safety and productivity for the total machine lifecycle.
The benefit of this system is that it delivers a system for safety, logic, motion and vision disciplines, and it does so in one software platform Sysmac Studio, on one network (EtherCAT) and in one control system (Sysmac NJ Controller).
The open protocol Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) defines a safety related communication layer for EtherCAT. The NX Safety Controller and the distributed Safety I/O can be freely placed in the EtherCAT network, and their integration in the Sysmac Studio software environment simplifies initial system design, setup, and maintenance of the application. With this integrated system, machine builders can focus attention on improving machine performance and safety rather than system configuration.
Sysmac integrated safety meets Performance level (PLe) according to the ISO-13849-1 and SIL3 according to IEC61508. Sysmac integrated safety conforms to programming standard IEC-61131-3, and includes certified PLCopen Safety Function Blocks.
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