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Sick’s AFS/AFM60S Pro absolute encoder opens simple path to safe productivity

Sick’s AFS/AFM60S Pro absolute encoder opens simple path to safe productivity

Sick has extended its safe encoder offering with the AFS60S Pro and AFM60S Pro, its first programmable safe absolute encoders, opening a simpler and quicker route to safe productivity in stationery and mobile machinery, together with seamless integration for safe motion control.

The AFS60S Pro (singleturn) and AFM60S Pro (multiturn) absolute encoders are compact, programmable, high-resolution absolute encoders that deliver functional safety certified up to SIL3/PLe when monitoring the position, speed and rotation direction of drives and axes.

When fully-integrated with the Sick FX3-MOC1 safe drive monitor and the Sick Flexi Soft safety controller, the AFS/AFM60S Pro encoders also support the safe motion functions of drives in accordance with IEC 61800-5-2. They have therefore enabled a convenient new single-source solution for rapid integration of safe motion control.

The AFS/AFM60S Pro safety encoders save implementation time and cost, for example for safe speed and position monitoring of automated transport vehicles. They enable safe monitoring of machinery drives to protect personnel during operations such as tool set up, manual loading or maintenance. They also offer a much-simplified solution for the safe position monitoring of operator access to presses.

“Whether you are building a new machine, or upgrading an existing one, Sick’s new safe absolute encoder will offer a good fit for plug and play integration into your application,” says Darren Pratt, Sick’s UK encoder product manager. “Thanks to Sick’s streamlined safety engineering, you also no longer need to worry about selecting the right individual components for safe motion control. Integration, commissioning and maintenance are also quicker and easier with a complete package that benefits from Sick’s 70 years of industry-leading machine safety expertise.”

 

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