New modular safety controllers from Leuze electronic

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New modular safety controllers from Leuze electronicLeuze electronic's new MSI100 and 200 safety controllers offer quick, easy and affordable control for light curtains, safety interlocks, emergency stop switches and other safety devices without the complexity of using a safety PLC, with no need for costly software licenses or to commit to one manufacturer's complex safety system for everything.

The MSI100 and MSI200 offer high performance and clever features in products that are said to be simple to design with and commission. The MSI100 programmable safety controller has 20 safe inputs (SIL 3, PLe) and can monitor up to four Category 4 outputs, independent of one another. Its larger brother, the modular MSI200, is expandable to up to 140 safety modules or 44 outputs, again to performance level PLe, SIL3, with Cat4 outputs.

Design is easy and intuitive using the drag-and-drop MSIsafesoft software, which uses PLCopen certified function blocks and is available free-of-charge. This software also has an automatic logic test and a built-in emulator that enables the program to be simulated on a PC - indeed, it enables the MSI100 and MSI200 configurations to be tested before spending any money.

Status and diagnostic data

The MSI100 and 200 also offer two clock outputs and, in common with the expansion modules, they have LED indicators on all inputs and outputs aid commissioning.

Supporting the safety controllers are the MSI-FB interface modules that enable the MSI100 or MSI200 to transfer diagnostic data to a PLC over a variety of fieldbus protocols.

Leuze electronic aims to combine useful features and high performance into its units while ensuring they are easy to work with, whether at the design, commissioning or machine operation stage. Leuze says it can help simplify all levels of complexity of machine safety, whether discrete wiring to safety relays, the use of safety relays with additional features like muting control for light curtains, these safety controllers, or beyond to AS-i interfaces or even AS-i or ProfibusS integrated into light curtains and safety scanners.

Kevin Ellison, Technical Support Engineer at Leuze electronic, states: "Leuze electronic are committed to providing the best products and the best service. Therefore, we offer free software and training, because we believe this will help our customers gain an advantage by reducing their design and installation time."

Mark Weymouth, MD, adds: "We are in the business of selling the best machine safety products, including light curtains, laser scanners, safety interlocks, safety relays and now the safety controllers. Software and training is something that we believe should support this, rather than being a business in itself, which might distract us and confuse our customers."

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