SICK GmbH: Open linear encoder

Sept. 12, 2016
The first open linear encoder with magnetic measurement principle and certified safety function has been introduced by SICK GmbH.

The SIKO MagLine Encoder MSA111C features DRIVE-CLiQ[1] interface and SIL2. The sensor has been tested and certified as SIL 2 compliant according to EN 61508, performance level ‘d’, category 3 (according to EN ISO 13849) by TÜV Rheinland. This means that the SIKO Encoder can be used in machine manufacturing safety applications without additional outlay.

Whereas up to now two separate sensors had to be used to obtain position values that are independent of each other, the functional safety requirements can now be achieved with the MSA111C-DQ SIL 2 magnetic linear sensor. The DRIVE-CLiQ interface itself has the advantage of being easily connected (Plug-and-Play) to existing Siemens SINUMERIK and SINAMICS controllers. It is equipped with an electronic rating plate. This contains component-specific data, which enable error-free drive system configuration during start-up. This leads to a significant reduction of effort required during project planning.

[1] DRIVE-CLiQ is a registered trademark of SIEMENS AG

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