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New safety products for automation platform

New safety products for automation platform Since the launch of its Sysmac Automation Platform, Omron has been busy developing new products to extend the platform. The latest of these is a new safety controller and safety I/O, providing an innovative solution for integrated safety within automation applications.

The NX safety controller and the distributed safety I/O can be freely placed in the EtherCAT network. The integration in the Sysmac Studio automation software simplifies initial system design, setup, and maintenance of the application. With this integrated system machine builders can focus on the improvement of performance and safety of its machine more than the system configuration.

The new NX series I/O system offers simple and flexible design for high-speed, high-precision motion control and safety control in an integrated engineering environment when used in conjunction with the NJ series machine automation controller. This contributes to productivity improvements and assurance of safety conforming to international standards.

Omron says it recognises that machine designers are now required to design globally competitive production machinery for global manufacturing sites with systems appropriate for flexible production methods and quantities, and to shorten lead times. Under such circumstances, designers must design sequence, motion and safety control simultaneously, while increasing their knowledge of machine design in order to conform to international safety standards, resulting in a heavy workload. Moreover, functionality and flexibility are required even in the safety control domain, and a system to ensure safety while maintaining productivity is expected. Omron's new NX series I/O system was designed to meet these needs.

Sysmac integrated safety is suitable for applications meeting Performance level (PLe) according to the ISO-13849-1 and SIL3 according to IEC61508. Sysmac integrated safety conforms to programming standard IEC-61131-3, and includes certified PLCopen Safety Function Blocks.
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