Systematic machine safety

Schmersal is presenting innovative safety technology solutions for the packaging industry at FachPack

Visit Schmersal between 29/09 and 01/10/2015 at FachPack in Nuremberg: Hall 4A, Stand 505

Wuppertal / Nuremberg, 10 August 2015.  At FachPack 2015, the Schmersal Group is presenting innovative safety technology system solutions for the packaging industry, including the new PROTECT PSC1 safety controller and the company’s comprehensive ASi safety portfolio. 

The benefits of these system solutions: They provide a high level of flexibility, intelligent monitoring functions with high levels of manipulation protection, hygiene-compliant design and easy fitting. 

High unit numbers and demand from the trade and consumers for a wide range of products and packaging represent a real challenge for machine constructors: This is why filling and packaging machines are often modular in design in order to react quickly to constant changes in market requirements. This also allows simple and efficient format changes for a wide range of packaging sizes.  The new Schmersal PROTECT PSC1 programmable safety controller is therefore expandable on a modular basis and can be simply adjusted to individual machine configurations. Because of the optional SD Bus Gateway which can be integrated, up to 31 sensors with expanded diagnostics functions can be connected directly to the PSC1 compact controller and analysed. This significantly reduces cabling work and the space required in the control cabinet. The SD-BUS connecting cables and y-junctions are now also fitted with stainless steel nuts. The cables, which are now often laid in open cable ducts, are more resistant to detergents. 

The safety light curtains and light grids in the SLC/SLG 440 range from Schmersal are now available with built-in interfaces for the “AS-Interface Safety at Work” bus system (AS-i Safety). 

The AS-i Safety programme from Schmersal allows extraordinarily flexible adjustment of safety functions to the application. Safety sensors and switchgear with AS-i interfaces are connected to master monitor combinations. In the Safety Separated variant, the constant incorporation of the safety circuit into the standard controller simplifies diagnostics and reduces downtimes. A Safety Integrated variant is also available. The two versions give machine operators the benefit that once it is installed, the system can be amended or expanded at any time. This applies to expansion with additional safety switchgear and to the configuration of switchgear (e.g. safety connections, stop category, filter times, etc.).