System module for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance by Schmersal. This Safety Fieldbox enables new and flexible safety solutions designed specifically for the packaging industry.
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The Schmersal Group presented its Safety Fieldbox with PROFINET/PROFIsafe field bus interface, the new safety solution designed specifically for the packaging industry.
Flexibility, efficiency, availability and connectivity for the high demand of packaging industry
With its sometimes complex processing and production systems, the packaging industry has high demands when it comes to safety technology, which must help to facilitate system flexibility, efficiency, availability and connectivity.
The Safety Fieldbox is a simple, inexpensive installation solution which provides highly flexible, individually configurable safety solutions for complex machines and systems, as well as transmission of diagnostics and status information.
Connectivity enabled with a wide range of safety switchgear devices
The 8-pin M12-connector universal device interface enables connectivity with a wide range of safety switchgear devices, including electronic and electro-mechanical safety interlocks, sensors, control panels, light curtains and switches.
This allows for numerous combinations, and enables the Safety Fieldbox designed to cover typical safety concepts that are usually used on multi-part, modular packaging systems: two or three safety switchgear devices or interlocks may be used for safety door or maintenance hatch position monitoring for example, or a safety light curtain may be installed for area protection at a workstation.
Diagnostic signals or all connected safety switchgear in the packaging system
Similarly, a control panel with emergency-stop button may be connected to the superior safety control system via the Safety Fieldbox. Using the M12 power connector to supply the Safety Fieldbox means that, depending on switchgear type and current consumption, up to ten Safety Fieldboxes can be connected in series with 80 devices.
The integrated digital output at every 8-pin connector slot on the Safety Fieldbox allows the diagnostics signals of all connected safety switchgear to be evaluated, leading to greater process transparency and fault-free machine operation.
A wide range of operating data can be collected, transmitted and evaluated to help identify irregularities and enable early intervention in the event of a malfunction. All of this makes the Safety Fieldbox an important module in systems for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.