Omron has released its new NX-series Safety Network Controller which, it said, is the world’s first to support two safety protocols: CIP Safety (adopted by industrial robot manufacturers) and Safety over EtherCAT (provides a high-speed response).
Omron told RoboPro Magazine that automotive and food manufacturers need to flexibly change production line layouts to produce low-volume, high-mix products and deal with short product life cycles. Safety systems stop production lines and facilities to protect humans from potential hazards, such as robots in operation.
However, with conventional safety controllers, the safety system for the entire line must be checked, even when changing just a part of the line. There is a growing demand for easy installation and maintenance of advanced safety systems, due to the wide adoption of robots and a shortage of experienced safety administrators.
To meet these demands, Omron has developed the NX-Series Safety Network Controller, which allows easy building of safety systems for large production lines using industrial robots, as well as for manufacturing equipment requiring high-speed control. It provides modular safety control, eliminating the need to stop the entire production line when the layout is changed or maintained.
Automatic programming for safety systems, offline simulation and an online functional test for checking safety programs reduce the time required from design to safety verification. Moreover, safety data logging allows even inexperienced workers to identify the cause of a sudden line stoppage, helping maximise productivity.
The NX-series Safety Network Controller consists of the following units:
- NX-SL5500/5700 Safety CPU unit
- NX-CSG320 Communication Control Unit
- NX102-9020 Machine Automation Controller