New Modular and Flexible Machine Safety Solution

Dec. 16, 2020
The new Flexi Compact safety controller from SICK offers scalability and functionality suited for any application.

The Flexi Compact from SICK is a new modular safety controller distinguished by its improved usability and safety engineering. It enables users of automated machines to operate more productively with the scalable performance and intelligent diagnostic functions of the safety controller.

A safety controller is the central component of every safety application. It evaluates the information from the safety-certified optical sensors and switches. Its safety function guarantees the safe response of all connected actuators. The new Flexi Compact is a safety controller for machines with medium to complex safety logic. It offers exceptional user-friendliness, flexibility, efficiency, and cost effectiveness. The Flexi Compact also integrates into a variety of fieldbuses and Industry 4.0 applications. Common applications include compact systems, robots, packaging machines, and basic motion control.

Improved usability
The new Flexi Compact safety controller offers users in the machine building sector improved usability in many areas. The modular hardware platform enables integration in a flexible, application-appropriate, and cost-efficient manner. If the demands on the safety controller increase, it can subsequently be adapted or extended by up to 12 modules. The Safety Designer engineering tool with its certified function blocks guarantees intuitive, fast, and easy configuration and documentation of the safety logic via drag and drop.

The application-optimized slim housing saves space in the control cabinet. Front connectors can be assembled in advance and allow simple, time-, and cost-efficient wiring. Easily coded slots offer additional installation safety. The TFT display visualizes all relevant inputs and settings during commissioning and servicing, which enables fast setup as well as immediate use of the safety controller. 

“Faster safety” for more productivity
Protective devices with a faster response time are able to be installed closer to the machine. This reduces the installation footprint. Thanks to its fast response times, Flexi Compact supports this type of space-saving machine and safety design.

Its safety-certified high-speed backplane bus is characterized by its short response times. This enables optimization of safety distances to the machine and allows for shorter cycle times in highly dynamic processes. Gateways in commonly used fieldbus environments and automation systems allow sensor information and machine data to be continuously provided to Industry 4.0 applications. 

Intelligent real time diagnostics provides more availability
Sometimes troubleshooting can be like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. During production, this can cost significant time and money. The Flexi Compact reduces costly troubleshooting and downtimes. It reads application-specific diagnostic data in real time and makes it available for condition monitoring. This makes localizing and analyzing faults a fast process. Evaluations of sensor information for predictive maintenance purposes are also available more quickly. In this way, the Flexi Compact makes an effective contribution to minimizing downtimes and production outages.

Safety for all kinds of applications
The trend towards miniaturization in machine building is leading to an increased demand for space saving safety controllers. That is why the Flexi Compact is being employed, amongst other things, in compact systems, on robots, and in packaging machines. Furthermore, when combined with the Flexi Loop safe series connection, it is ideally suited for machines with decentralized safety paths. 

About SICK
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification products for industrial applications. With more than 1,000 patents, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of production in the logistics, automotive, packaging, electronics, food and beverage, and material handling markets. Sensors from SICK also help companies embrace Industry 4.0 and leverage the power of their data. SICK AG was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.  

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