The new controller is suitable for high-end standard and safety-related machine and plant automation applications. It has four communication interfaces: a Profinet interface with a two-port switch for communication with the field level, two Profinet interfaces, and one Profibus interface. The failsafe controller also accommodates up to 128 drive axes, operates isochronously in 250 µs, and has 10 MB of memory. Programs are easily created with the Step 7 Safety Advanced V13 engineering tool, which includes drag and drop, project-wide cross-reference list, safety administration editor, online/offline comparator, and additional integrated system support functions. The failsafe CPU is certified to EN 61508 (2010) for functional safety and is suitable in safety-relevant applications up to SIL 3 according to IEC 62061 and PLe according to ISO 13849.
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