Safety Automation Product Suite Introduced

Launch includes safety PLC, IO, and software for automation systems.

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KEB America, Inc. release its latest safety automation products—Safety PLC, Safe I/O modules, and Safety PLC programming software—for the North American market. These are now available as part of a full system solution, and all of the new safety products are TÜV Rheinland certified to IEC 61508 SIL3 and EN/ISO 13849-1 PL e.

KEB’s Safety PLC is a Fail Safe over EtherCAT (FSoE) master that is used in tandem with the machine PLC to execute and monitor the safety functions of the machinery. FSoE uses a black-channel approach and can be used with other bus systems. KEB’s Safety PLC connects with other FSoE slave modules like Safe I/O and Servo Drives with Safe Motion functionality.

For monitoring safety devices with the Safety PLC, KEB now offers dedicated Safe I/O modules. Each FSoE slave device has four safe inputs, two safe outputs, and four OSSD outputs. Because the modules use EtherCAT for fast, real-time communication, they are also ideal for existing systems or installations that require a scalable solution. One FSoE master can control up to 65,535 slave devices.

KEB’s Combivis Studio 6 now includes a Safety Editor that can be used together with KEB’s FSoE Safety PLC and I/O. This single programming environment allows a programmer to develop the entire machine, including motion control and safety, with one software program.  KEB’s Safety Editor uses a certified plug-in from CoDeSys and programs with function blocks. Combivis Studio is also used to configure KEB’s Safe Motion drives which also support FSoE and Safe Motion functions according to IEC 61800-5-2.