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Flexi Loop Safety Controller Node Cascades up to 32 Sensors onto One Loop
SICK, Inc. Posted 01/10/2014Connectivity with a single cable reduces wiring effort and saves costs
SICK, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, today announced the launch of the Flexi Loop safety controller node. The Flexi Loop can cascade up to 32 safety switches and OSSD safety sensors onto one loop – independent of the manufacturer.
The Flexi Loop, which is part of SICK’s safety controller family, uses a single cable with an M12 plug to connect e-stops, sensors, switches, lamps, pushbuttons and interlocks. Flexi Soft safety controllers can support up to eight Flexi Loops, enabling a total of 256 switches in a small footprint. As a result, the Flexi Loop requires minimal wiring effort, which saves costs and ensures fast configuration.
This modular safety concept integrates all common fieldbuses, including EtherNet/IP, CANopen, DeviceNet and PROFINET IO. Diagnostic data about each of the sensors connected to the loop can be shared via these gateways, which helps troubleshoot problems and reduce machine downtime. Regardless of the number of sensors or switches, the Flexi Loop is able to maintain a performance level of PLe since it monitors each sensor individually. The Flexi Loop is ideal for safety applications in the packaging, commercial goods, and electronics and solar industries that require several doors, e-stops and electro-sensitive protective devices.
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 1000 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. SICK AG was founded in 1946 and has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.