Scalable safety integration
By Mary Del
B&R’s SafeLOGIC-X software-based solution now brings all the advantages of integrated safety technology to small, cost-sensitive applications, the company says. SafeLOGIC-X is programmed using the SafeDESIGNER editor in Automation Studio, just like the hardware-based SafeLOGIC solution. This means that when a system outgrows its SafeLOGIC-X solution, it can switch to a dedicated SafeLOGIC controller. The safety applications can be scaled and configured to meet the requirements of systems of any size. As safe input and output modules are added to a SafeLOGIC safety controller, existing programming code can be reused without having to make a single change. Switching over also doesn’t require recertification. Whereas safety functions are distributed across existing hardware components on the network, the safety application itself runs on a safe input module. All parameter and configuration management is handled on the standard controller. Safe user interface functionality is handled by the visualization device.