Interlock gains Industrial Ethernet communication capabilities

03 October 2016

Fortress Interlocks has added industrial Ethernet communications to its amGardpro range of safety interlocks. The new proNET communications module uses the PROFINET protocol and its extension PROFIsafe. 

This enables the amGardpro’s features to be distributed IO on a PROFINET network, with safety information exchanged using PROFIsafe extensions. Added benefits include reduced installation costs, easier maintenance and greater availability of data for improved diagnosis.
Many safety interlocks are either not electrically connected or are ‘wired at gate’, meaning that all electrical connections go via a control PLC and safety relay. This can require up to 20 wires from each device going to the control panel. The proNET module overcomes this by taking advantage of PROFINET and PROFIsafe, allowing operators to have just one power and Ethernet cable going from the control panel, allowing devices to be attached in a variety of topologies.

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