Omron Automation has unveiled the world’s first controller to support two industrial safety networks – CIP Safety and Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE), a protocol favoured for its high-speed response. With this, Omron can now address 40 percent of the safety network needs of the global market.
The CIP Safety networking protocol has gained popularity among industrial robot manufacturers thanks to its ability to enhance flexibility and facilitate advancements in the industrial internet of things (IIoT). The controller is optimised to support applications in industries like automotive manufacturing and food factories where a wide variety of products are produced and production lines are frequently modified.
Scalable from large automotive production lines to small parts production lines; it helps manufacturers introduce flexibility into their production lines while keeping design effort and maintenance time to a minimum. It also enables quick and easy safety program design and improves the efficiency of safety management and maintenance.
- Two different safety networks in a single safety system to meet customers’ needs
- Integrated development environment – Sysmac Studio – for accelerated safety programming
- Easy maintenance and quick troubleshooting
In addition to the new hardware, enhancements have been made to the programming and configuration software. Sysmac Studio now offers functions such as automatic programming, safety data logging, online functional test and third-party CIP Safety device connectivity that includes industrial robots, the company said.