Safety in a Small Package

March 14, 2012
Sick releases mini version of its S300 safety laser scanner for mobile and stationary safety applications.

With the ISO 13849 machinery safety standard increasingly being adopted on a global basis, the addition of safety devices to machines has moved from being an add-on afterthought to an integral part of machine design and function.

To address the increased level of attention being paid to safety devices on machinery by both manufacturers and industrial end users, Sick now offers a new, mini version of its S300 safety laser the scanner. This new mini scanner, which provides safeguarding for hazardous area protection, hazardous point protection and access protection, is reportedly the smallest and lightest safety-rated laser scanner on the market. 
The S300 mini measurements are 102 x 116 x 104 mm (W x H x D) with a weight of 0.8 kg, versus 102 x 152 x 105 mm (W x H x D) for the S300 with a weight of 1.2 kg.
The S300 Mini comes in two versions: the S300 Mini Standard and the S300 Mini Remote. Both versions have common features, such as a two-meter safety range, 270 degree scanning angle, triple field sets (2 warning, 1 safety), M12 connector, 80 ms response time and external device monitoring.  The difference between the S300 Mini Standard and S300 Mini Remote is the number of field sets, the S300 Mini Standard has one and the S300 Remote can be configured for up to 16 field sets.  
The S300 Mini Remote requires the use of a Flexi Soft safety controller, which enables the devices to perform traditional safety laser scanner personnel protection as well as safety control logic for an entire machine.

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