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New Safety Relay PNOZ s50 from Pilz Automation Safety, L.P.
Pilz Automation Safety L.P. Posted 09/24/2014
The new safety relay PNOZ s50 can control two powerful brakes simultaneously without the use of contacts. As such, it provides the required level of safety, particularly in the field of vertical axes: on loading and unloading gantries, machine tools, lifting devices and in stage technology, for example, a suspended load's own weight may be enough to allow the axis to fall unintentionally. Thanks to the reduced cycle times, the safety relay also increases the plants' energy efficiency significantly.
The safety relay PNOZ s50 with emergency stop function is designed to control holding brakes or safety brakes in the 24/48 Volt DC range on vertical axes up to PL e of EN ISO 13849-1 or SIL CL 3 of EN/IEC 62061. The special feature about this new development on the market is that two brakes, even brakes from different manufacturers, can be controlled simultaneously using one safety relay. Due to the high output current of 3.5 ampere, PNOZ s50 can control powerful brakes for heavy loads; if necessary up to peak currents of 6.5 ampere.
The safety relay PNOZ s50 offers a high level of safety due to fast shutdown of the power circuits. The alternative option of a slow shutdown enables low-noise switching of the brakes. Four safety-related and two standard inputs are available to activate the functions.
The stand-alone safety relay PNOZ s50 offers an economical solution for controlling two brakes up to category PL e of EN ISO 13849-1. The contactless technology allows very short reaction times to be achieved, enhancing personal protection.
High energy efficiency due to reduced cycle times
To improve the cycle times, and thus the plant's energy efficiency, Pilz uses pulse width modulation to reduce the voltage. Contactless and therefore non-wearing technology in the 24/48 Volt DC range is also new. It reduces the reaction time in conjunction with the brake, significantly improving protection for operating personnel.
Depending on the safety requirement, PNOZ s50 can also be combined with the safe motion solution PMCprotego DS from Pilz, in which case it also provides a safe brake test (SBT). Just like other developments in the PNOZsigma product range, PNOZ s50 has a rotary known for easy navigation through the menu and for setting the required parameters. This saves time during setup, as neither a PC nor software is required.
Vertical axes present a safety challenge
Failure of the braking device due to wear and tear plus failure of the energy supply are two of the main reasons for suspended loads falling or crashing in an uncontrolled manner. The safety relay PNOZ s50 makes an important contribution towards the management of risks on vertical axes. Typical application areas for vertical axes are on packaging machines, on machine tools, on press brakes, in test bench technology, material handling, or in energy and environmental technology.
For more information on the PNOZ s50 by Pilz, please visit us online.
Pilz, the company
Currently employing more than 1,800 staff members in 31 countries globally, Piz is a leader in automation technology. From the head office in Germany, Pilz is continuously and consistently developing complete solutions for safety and control technology.
Products include sensor technology, electronic monitoring relays, automation solutions with motion control, safety relays, programmable safety and control systems and an operating and monitoring range. Safe bus systems, Ethernet systems and industrial wireless systems are also available for industrial networking.
In addition to products, Pilz provides a comprehensive range of consulting and engineering services - from plant assessment to risk assessment, through system implementation and safety sign-off at the customer's premises. Ongoing training courses are designed and delivered by expert trainers with the customer's specific needs in mind.
Pilz develops environmentally-friendly products using ecological materials and energy-saving technologies.