The safety programmable controller is an International Safety Standard certified PLC for safety control. When connected with a safety device, such as an emergency stop switch or light curtain, this programmable controller executes safety control by turning the safety output OFF with a user-created sequence program.
Machine control of e.g. conveyor is executed with a general-purpose programmable controller in the conventional manner. The difference between the safety programmable controller and general-purpose programmable controller lies in that if the safety programmable controller itself fails, it performs a self-diagnosis to detect the failure and turn the safety output OFF forcibly.
This prevents the safety functions from being disabled because of a fault.
Based on a principle of separating machines from operators, safety protection measures were implemented on the basis of risk assessment and safety control such as implementation of an emergency stop. The advancement of technology realizes operations such as slowing down the operation speed when an operator approaches a machine and continuous operation without stopping when an operator is away from a machine. The concept of safety has shifted to a level where operators and machines can work in collaboration ensuring increased safety. Mitsubishi Electric offers a total safety solution which realizes "collaboration" of operators and machines with a large variety of products.
The safety programmable controller is compliant with international safety standards, EN ISO 13849-1 Category 4/PL e and IEC 61508 SIL 3. It is ideal for medium to large-scale safety control systems. Ladder programs and certified safety function blocks realize flexible programming.
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