Safety laser scanner enables safety over networks

01 April 2024

SICK has enabled its smallest safety laser scanner, the nanoScan3, with its Safe EFI-Pro standard industrial Ethernet-based safe networking capability.

The ultra-compact SICK nanoScan3 is only 8cm, so it fits into the tightest spaces – such as small lightweight automated guide vehicles (AGV) or automated mobile robots (AMR). 

With SICK’s safeHDDM (High-Definition Distance Measurement) scanning and evaluation technology, the nanoScan3 is said to be capable of multiple dynamically-adapting protective fields to protect personnel safety, as well as providing data simultaneously for navigation and contour detection.

The SICK nanoScan3 can also be used for hazardous point, area and access protection in stationary robot applications, as well as for retrofitting into contour- or tape-guided mobile vehicles.  It is a Type 3 device (IEC 61496-3) and can be used in safety functions up to SIL2 (IEC 62061) and PLd (ISO 13849). 

SICK EFI-pro is an Ethernet-based network for general and safety-related data communications that enables exchange of data such as control signals, safety-related shut-off signals and diagnostics.  Teamed with the EFI-Pro gateway of SICK’s Flexi Soft safety controller, the system facilitates simple and safe system integration via EtherNet/IP CIP Safety for SICK safety laser scanners such as the nanoScan3, as well as for third party CIP-Safety devices like robot controllers, remote I/O modules and safety PLC’s.

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