Beckhoff Releases Machine-Mounted Safety Technology

July 5, 2012
In order to provide distributed safety I/O technology in more form factors and protection levels, Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new EP1908 EtherCAT Box with TwinSAFE technology.

In order to provide distributed safety I/O technology in more form factors and protection levels, Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new EP1908 EtherCAT Box with TwinSAFE technology. With the EP1908, the open safety technology of TwinSAFE has been expanded to include a flexible, IP 67-rated variant that is ideal for use outside of electrical cabinets and in harsh environments.

Certified for use throughout North America, the EP1908 EtherCAT Box has eight 24V DC safety inputs, which can be used to connect safety sensors via rugged and reliable M12 connectors. The cost effective EP1908 is designed to withstand demanding industrial environments while conforming to the requirements of IEC 61508 SIL 3 and DIN EN ISO 13849-1 PLe. Also, it enables the acquisition of safety sensor signals directly on the machine instead of having to mount the safety I/O inside a control cabinet.  Inputs can accept OSSD signals from light curtains and laser scanners.  Zero speed monitoring via encoder or proximity switch in the range of 0 - 500 Hz max is also possible.

The proven and successful TwinSAFE safety solution is already integrated into the Beckhoff IP 20 I/O systems – Bus Terminals and EtherCAT Terminals. As TwinSAFE technology is extended to the EtherCAT Box product line, the necessary logical links of the acquired signals are carried out by an IP 20-rated TwinSAFE logic terminal, which represents the core of the system. Also, the safety application is configured and programmed using standard TwinCAT automation software from Beckhoff. It is subsequently loaded via the bus system to a TwinSAFE logic terminal of the type KL6904 (Bus Terminal) or EL6900 (EtherCAT Terminal). All safety devices in the plant communicate through this logic terminal.

The new EP1908 EtherCAT Box along with the certified safety function blocks of the TwinSAFE logic terminals enable simple and inexpensive implementation of all safety tasks – inside or out of electrical cabinets.

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