Controller integrates safety device monitoring, functioning

November 9, 2004

Omron Electronics' F3SX safety controller integrates monitoring and functioning of individual safety devices, such as light curtains, safety doors, and emergency stop buttons, from a single central module.

The system is designed to reduce the possibility of miswiring complex safety interlock systems and operator overwriting while increasing the difficulty of operator tampering. The system also provides continuous data logging of safety device status.

Two main modules are available. The F3SX-N module monitors and reports broken lines to warning displays, warning operators of potential problems. The F3SX-E module is a maintenance-free unit designed for use with equipment using high-frequency start-stop operations. Individual device modules plug into the prewired main module.

The system is suitable for industrial operations, such as robotic automotive assembly lines, manufacturing operations, and packaging lines.