Module simplifies communications, enhances safety

Omron STI has developed a new module to send non-safety control data to a safety controller, using EtherNet/IP, an ODVA Ethernet protocol.

06/13/2011


Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. has introduced the EIP module for G9SP Programmable Safety Controllers. The EIP module enables programmable devices that follow ODVA guidelines for EtherNet/IP, such as Omron CJ and CS series PLCs and Rockwell Automation CompactLogix and ControlLogix series programmable controllers, to communicate with G9SP controllers. Users can quickly and easily monitor operation of a G9SP safety controller and send non-safety data to that controller, the company said. The information can be reviewed or combined with manufacturing process data, with the goal of helping users to more efficiently achieve productivity goals.

G9SP are software-based stand-alone controllers that are quickly programmed to satisfy the complex safety control needs of small and mid-sized machines, and are easily reconfigured to solve evolving machine set-up needs. Three base models with a range of I/O options are available to satisfy varied application requirements, and four types of expansion I/O units are available for hard-wired diagnosis or standard signals. The EIP module is available with the G9SP as a complete safety controller solution (kit). 

“Using the G9SP’s unique and intuitive programming software users can easily design, verify, standardize and reuse safety control. And because the G9SP isn’t hardwired into the control system, users will benefit from previously unavailable levels of safety system flexibility by quickly and easily reconfiguring the unit when new safety features are added to their set-up,” said Kenji Kawasaki, product manager, Omron STI.

G9SP programmable safety controllers are an ideal stand-alone safety control solution in packaging, food and beverage, automotive component, injection molding, and printing applications where customer-driven machine set-up changes demand equally flexible safety solutions. These controllers can reportedly seamlessly connect to an Omron PLC and communicate using the FINS protocol for a complete Omron control solution platform.

G9SP programmable safety controllers deliver clear diagnostics and monitoring via Ethernet or Serial connection, and support direct connection with safety light curtains, safety laser scanners, non-contact switches and safety mats. They are ISO 13849-1(PLe) and IEC61508 (SIL3) certified.

- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com

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