June 2024 Product Roundup: Safety

June 27, 2024

Banner Engineering Safety Light Curtain

The S4B series heavy-duty Type 4 safety light curtain features cascading functionality to simplify installation. An auto cascade feature automatically recognizes connected curtains and the cordsets are color coded to reduce errors in installation and replacement. Zone indication LEDs on the module identify blocked areas and communicate alignment status. Additionally, there is a weak beam signal to indicate when a curtain needs cleaning. The S4B series comes in 14 and 30 mm resolution options, and its flexibility is enhanced by multiple mounting possibilities and optional mute arm kits. 

Fluke Reliability Balancing Tool

The VibXpert 3 Balancer is a smart field balancing tool developed by Pruftechnik. This device can diagnose and correct rotational unbalance in the field or on the floor, cutting down on missed unbalances from maintenance teams, especially in hazardous conditions. The VibXpert 3 Balancer is equipped with six synchronous channels to record multi-channel vibration measurements simultaneously, and the large interactive touchscreen allows teams to view measurement data on one dashboard, receive step-by-step guidance on rectifying the unbalance and measure again until the issue is thoroughly resolved. The device can also perform resonance tests, phase measurement and deeper analysis using the FFT spectrum data to diagnose complex unbalance issues.

Galco Actuator

The Honeywell MP918A1024/U pneumatic damper actuator is a 10 psi span damper blade with a positive positioner. With a maximum safe air pressure of 25 psi, the MP918A has an adjustable startpoint pressure range from 1.5 to 13 psi with an ambient temperature range of -20℉ to 160℉. These actuators also feature a neoprene rolling diaphragm, low-friction shaft bearing and non-overlapping spring ranges for sequencing.

Mitsubishi Electric CIP Safety Module

The MELSEC iQ-R Series CIP Safety Module ensures safety signal transmission to a diverse range of devices and equipment, including third-party robots, Mitsubishi Electric and third-party-VFD products, and safety I/O and interlocks. CIP Safety defines a set of rules and mechanisms for exchanging safety-related information between devices in a network to ensure reliable communication of critically safe data within an industrial system. The module occupies a dual slot on an iQ-R PLC rack and is compatible with both EtherNet/IP and CIP Safety protocols. It complies with international safety standards EN ISO 13849-1, Category 4 PL e and IEC 61508 SIL 3. It has been tested with various third-party robots, PLC peer-to-peer communication, gate switches, area scanners, VFDs and remote I/O.

Motion Ai Industrial Framing

Industrial framing and support systems are essential to the structural integrity, efficiency and effective operation of automated robotics and machines. They also provide a safe and secure environment for employees working with or nearby various automated machine systems. Motion Ai specializes in framing design and support systems for motion applications. Durable aluminum machine bases and frames are ideal for light-, medium- and heavy-duty machine applications. Custom framing can be created using anodized and powder-coated finishes and is available in various colors.

Pepperl + Fuchs Ultrasonic Sensor

As the first industrial ultrasonic sensor on the market, the USi-safety has safety approval for use according to EN ISO 13849 category 3 PL d, meaning the benefits of ultrasonic technology over optical systems can now be used for safety applications. This allows objects made of different materials to be reliably detected. In addition, the sensor is not sensitive to environmental influences such as dirt, air currents, humidity and similar factors. The sensor has a range of up to 2500 mm and a reaction time of around 91 ms. It operates in conditions from 30°C to +50°C. The sensor unit is IP69K rated and the control interface is IP65 rated.

Pilz Safety Locking Device

The PSENmlock mini has compact design of only 30 x 30 x 159 mm for space-critical applications. It protects safeguards such as flaps or covers with a strong holding force for effective personnel protection. The PSENmlock mini can be easily secured with just two screws and inside or outside the safeguard. The actuator has a wide range of mounting options so that swing gates and sliding gates can also be easily protected. The dual-channel operation of the solenoid and the bistable guard locking principle ensure safe operation even in the event of a power failure.

Sick Safety Laser Scanner

The nanoScan3 is an ultra-compact safety laser scanner that combines smart safety functions with measurement data for reliable localization. With an overall height of just over three inches, it’s even small enough to fit under a pallet or a drive-under vehicle. The nanoScan3 delivers measurement data via an Ethernet-based output. This data can be used for localization and navigation purposes, eliminating the need for two different sensors. In addition, the nanoScan3 operates on a local I/O, eliminating the need for a safety controller or PLC. The local I/O allows it to operate dual OSSD outputs to maintain two different safe protective fields—one monitoring speed and the other monitoring stopping. It also enables direct static inputs to determine if the mobile robot is turning and which direction. Based on Sick’s microScan3 technology, the nanoScan3 uses patented safeHDDM scan technology. In total, the nanoScan3 has a protective field range of three meters with a scanning angle of 275 degrees.

Siemens Open Controller

The ET 200SP open controller from the Simatic ET200 Series (CPU 1515SP PC2) is a compact control system that combines the function of an ET 200SP controller with a PC-based platform. The controller can be used for the control of special and series machines or also decentralized for the control of plants. Fail-safe ET 200SP modules are incorporated into the safety integrated concept. The modules also support safety-related communication via ProfiSsafe and are certified in accordance with IEC 61508. They are designed for safety-related use up to SIL 3. Modular design allows users to quickly scale the ET 200 systems in small steps.