Machine & Operator Safety
KEB America offers new safety solutions for automation systems
April 2, 2018 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Apr. 2, 2018 – KEB America has released its latest safety automation products for the North American market: Safety PLC, Safe I/O modules, and Safety PLC programming software.
All of the new safety products are TÜV Rheinland certified to IEC 61508 SIL3 and EN/ISO 13849-1 PL e. Safety PLC, FSoE Master KEB’s Safety PLC is a Fail Safe over EtherCAT (FSoE) master that is used in tandem with the machine PLC to execute and monitor the safety functions of the machinery. FSoE uses a black-channel approach and can be used with other bus systems, explains KEB. KEB’s Safety PLC connects with other FSoE slave modules like Safe I/O and Servo Drives with Safe Motion functionality.
For monitoring safety devices with the Safety PLC, KEB now offers dedicated Safe I/O modules. Each FSoE slave device has four safe inputs, two safe outputs, and four OSSD outputs. Because the modules use EtherCAT for real-time communication, they are suitable for existing systems or installations that require a scalable solution. One FSoE master can control up to 65,535 slave devices.
KEB’s COMBIVIS Studio 6 now includes a Safety Editor that can be used together with KEB’s FSoE Safety PLC and I/O. This single programming environment allows a programmer to develop the entire machine, including motion control and safety, with one software program. KEB’s Safety Editor uses a certified plug-in from CoDeSys and programs with function blocks.