Numeric functions added to automation safety design tool
18 March 2014
The latest version of B&R's SafeDESIGNER tool is said to make it possible to process and compare safe INT and DINT signals in addition to linking them mathematically to basic arithmetic operations.
Safety applications increasingly require numeric functions to manage values for pressure, temperature and speed. Since its introduction in 2008, SafeDESIGNER from B&R has provided support for safe INT data types and associated arithmetic operations and comparison functions.
Safety-oriented function blocks are also available for converting INT and DINT values in either direction. This expansion now rounds off the full numeric range of functions for the Automation Studio 4 development and configuration tool.
Users of Smart Safe Reaction technology from B&R are now able to process safety-related speed and position values and use them to initiate safe machine states. These functions are suitable for applications where requirements go above and beyond the possibilities provided by pre-packaged safe motion functions. Possible scenarios include integrating additional safe rotary encoders in a safety application or monitoring several power transmission systems for synchronism.
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