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Simplifying safety integration

20 November 2014

To make integrating openSAFETY easier and more cost-effective, Hilscher has developed a new netSAFETY module featuring openSAFETY over POWERLINK.

The evaluation board featuring the new netSAFETY module is said to reduce the development time required for openSAFETY integration. With the hardware and software already perfectly harmonised, a substantial portion of the development work is already done. Plans for TÜV pre-certification are underway, which will accelerate the certification process and lower costs even further. The evaluation board also provides key hardware and software design elements that can be adopted for custom projects.

The netSAFETY module is said to be suited to use as a design-in solution for HMI panels, frequency inverters, servo drives, light curtains – making integration of safety signals into these devices easy. With all safety signals exchanged over the openSAFETY network, the solution removes the need for extensive wiring that might, otherwise, be required.

The evaluation board features a netSAFETY module with a netX-52 network controller as well as two F-CPUs that combine safety communication and functional communication on a single board. The board has one safe output and three safe inputs with SIL3 compliance.

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