Safety network for automated production environments

04 March 2019

With the launch of its Safe EFI-pro System, SICK has delivered standard industrial Ethernet-based safety network integration for highly-adaptive and dynamic safeguarding in automated production and logistics environments to SIL 3/PLe.

The SICK Safe EFI-pro System is a single-source solution that provides the foundation for simpler, more productive and responsive machinery safety, which is suited to use in dynamic applications like autonomous vehicles and human/robot collaboration. It comprises the SICK microScan3 EFI-Pro safety laser scanner and the SICK Flexi Soft safety controller with EFI-Pro gateway.

Safe EFI-pro is a safety network for industrial automation, based on the CIP Safety protocol. It offers the prospect of more productive and flexible safety solutions founded on rapid, high capacity transmission of both safe and non-safe data across all levels of communication.

The SICK Flexi Soft EFI-pro Gateway facilitates simple and safe system integration via EtherNet/IP CIP Safety and EFI-pro, allowing connection to SICK EFI-Pro devices as well as third-party CIP-Safety devices. Connected to SICK’s Flexi Soft modular controller, the system provides scalability, facilitating the integration of encoders for Safe Motion Control, devices with analogue outputs, hardwired I/O as well as additional gateways for non-safe communication to any other networks.

The SICK microScan3 EFI-pro safety laser scanner enables simultaneous field evaluation with the ability to monitor up to eight protective fields at the same time on a single device. The user can also configure up to 128 monitoring cases per scanner. 

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