Modular safety controller from Sick adapts to many machine safety applications

Modular design of the software programmable, expandable, easy-to-commission Sick FX3 Flexi Soft safety controller enables users, machine builders, and system integrators, to build only what they need for machine safety.

06/09/2009


Sick FX3 Flexi Soft Modular Safety Controller is a new machine safety controller

Sick FX3 Flexi Soft Modular Safety Controller is a new machine safety controller from Sick, a manufacturer of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation. Flexi Soft is a software programmable, expandable, easy-to-commission safety controller that can be efficiently adapted to a variety of safety applications for small- to medium-sized machines.

Module by module expansion

Thanks to a modular hardware platform, the controller expands module by module (12-144 inputs/outputs), saving space in the control cabinet while optimizing cost and providing flexibility for future expansion; users only build what they need. Increased productivity is possible with advanced features such as: Fast Shut-Off, EFI and Network Communications (8 ms). Fast Shut-Off increases response time and reduces the overall foot-print of the machine or process. Integration of EFI (Enhanced Functional Interface) and all leading network communication: EtherNet/IP, Profibus-DP, Profinet, CANopen, Ethernet TCP/IP, and Modbus TCP reduces wiring, provides better diagnostics and a clear competitive advantage over the competition. Network gateways will also be launched in the future, company says.



Program with drag and drop function blocks

Hardware and software configuration of the Flexi Soft system is done via the “Flexi Soft Designer.” This is a function block based logic editor using drag & drop. Once a system is configured, it is then saved and stored in the memory plug. The memory plug is attached to the power, reducing tampering. Up to 255 logic blocks are available. These consist of general (AND/OR/XOR/NOT) blocks and application-specific (Bypass, Muting, Press) blocks.



Sick FX3 Flexi Soft safety controller
A library of 32 certified function blocks is also available. In addition, the free Flexi Soft Designer software offers up to date diagnostics, simulation mode, error history reports, specific tag names, online monitoring, and more.



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