Sensors, robotics, vision: 1st 3D safe camera replaces light curtains, guarding

06/18/2007


Rosemont, ILPilz Automation Safety LP introduced what it says it the world’s first 3D safe camera system for control and monitoring, called SafetyEye, at the International Robots & Vision Show , at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, June 12-14. Sensors Expo 2007 , June 11-13.

Pilz calls SafetyEye , a “revolutionary, sight-based, three-dimensional safety technology that monitors and controls potentially dangerous work processes without light curtains and other guarding,” and provides a live demonstration at booth 1859. The new product also can be used for security applications. It places an invisible, customized, 3D protective cocoon around a robot cell or other danger or protection zone. The single system has the potential to replace a multitude of two-dimensional sensors currently in use today, Pilz says. The system offers increased safety without barriers, detection zones that are easily configurable on a PC, and fast diagnostics for rapid troubleshooting.

On Wednesday, June 13, Pilz Roberta Nelson Shea, general manager for North America, was scheduled to take part in a conference session entitled “New Developments in Robot Safety;” her topic was “Advancements Leading Toward Lean Robot Production.”

Other products at the Pilz exhibit include the modular Pnozmulti multifunctional safety control and PSSuniversal, a new modular safety and standard remote input/output platform. The Pnozmulti is a leading-edge product that can be used to safely control and monitor emergency stops, safety gates, safety sensors, light curtains, two-hand controls, safety mats, and speed monitoring. The IRVS demonstration is mounted on a seven-foot tower module, which includes a working Pnozmulti with graphics; visitors used a nearby laptop to generate the safety circuit.

The PSSuniversal is said to be the first distributed input / output (I/O) platform that works with all major bus systems, as well as with the Pilz SafetyBus p and SafetyNet p. It uses modular I/O slices that can be stacked together in unlimited numbers. At the booth, a Pilz demonstration of “block switching” shows how de-centralized I/O nodes can be controlled by standard and safety PLCs, in a distributed platform design.

Products include sensor technology, electrical monitoring relays, automation solutions with motion control, safety relays, as well as programmable safety and control systems. Pilz also provides a range of consulting, engineering and training services. Accredited consultants are available for worldwide services for risk assessment, safety concept, safety design, CE services and safety sign-off. Applying lean manufacturing and safety principles, such as Pilz Leansafe methods, can increase productivity and safety.

Pilz Automation Safety LP is the Canton-MI-based U.S. subsidiary of German Pilz GmbH, maker of safety automation equipment and control products.

Control Engineering has covered other robotics, vision, and sensor developments from the co-located shows. Click here for more.

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





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