Network safety protocol certified

The motion control network by Mechatrolink received certification by TÜV Rheinland for complying with IEC61508 safety integrity level SIL3.

09/30/2011


The Mechatrolink Members Association (MMA) said its Mechatrolink motion control network received certification. TÜV Rheinland, an independent group, confirmed the specifications satisfied the requirements of IEC61508 safety integrity level SIL3.

The certification of the Mechatrolink field network for safety makes it possible for MMA members to build motion control and machine control systems for use in applications that comply with safety standards.

Mechatrolink connects devices such as servo motors, servo amps and I/O to each other and to motion controllers such as PLCs, PACs and motion controllers. Mechatrolink is available in both RS485 and Ethernet versions, operates at speeds up to 100 Mbps and can support up to 62 simultaneous devices.

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- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com 

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