Material handling applications, such as palletizing, are typical of the applications that are set to benefit from this approach.
The solution increases machine uptime, while improving productivity. A single safety I/O channel can be individually reintegrated, which provides higher machine productivity and availability.
As the safety I/Os are controlled by the safety module inside the robot controller, there is no need for third party stand-alone safety PLCs to be used. This saves costs as the combination of I/O and robot controller frees up space that would normally be needed for a separate cabinet. It also reduces the time associated with the set-up and operation of robotic production cells. This standardized solution leads to reduced spares, less wiring and lower operational costs as well as easy engineering through common diagnostics. Space saving is achieved due to more flexible use of SafeMove2 functions in combination with extended safety I/Os. Each safety I/O channel LED not only indicates the process state but also the fault state, which saves operational costs and simplifies maintenance work. Extreme condition (-XC) modules are available for high shock, vibration and temperature requirements.