New system combines safety, control functions


Pilz Automation Safety offers ability to combine safety and standard control functions (such as the enable principle and block switching) in one system without feedback with the launch of PSSuniversal.

With a decentralized, modular I/O and control platform, PSSuniversal is said to be an economical way to combine standard control functions and safety functions for mid- to top-range automation.

Features include high modularity and granularity for easy expansion. At the initial stage, PSSuniversal enables communication via all common standard fieldbus systems in combination with the Pilz safe bus system, SafetyBus p.

The flexible design consists of various head modules, combined with base modules that are simply connected alongside and are available with screw or cage clamp terminals. Electronic modules are installed on to these base modules, enabling the system to be perfectly tailored to the respective automation requirements. Fine granularity of four or two minimizes the potential overhead, that is, customers only pay for modules they use. Its design meets Category 4 in accordance with EN 954-1 or SIL 3 in accordance with IEC 61508.

Pilz exhibits at IMTS , Sept. 6-12, in Chicago.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering editor in chief

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