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Pilz launches next-generation PNOZmulti configurable controller

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Pilz launches next-generation PNOZmulti configurable controllerPilz is launching the next generation of PNOZmulti configurable control systems with the new PNOZ m B0 base unit. A new feature on the PNOZ m B0 is the ability to expand the right-hand side with I/O modules. Users therefore benefit from increased flexibility in engineering. The new configurable control system is suitable for applications up to and including SIL CL 3 and PL e.

Just 45 mm, the PNOZ m B0 base unit (shown on the left in the photograph) also saves space in the control cabinet, and an integrated, illuminated display with customisable text messages saves time in commissioning and diagnostics. Pilz says that the new PNOZmulti 2 control system can be used for safety and standard (automation) control applications in all engineering sectors. Note that the original PNOZmulti will remain available, as it is not being replaced by the PNOZmulti 2.

PNOZ m B0 base units have a total of 20 safe inputs, up to eight of which can be configured as standard outputs. In addition there are four safe semiconductor outputs and four safe test pulse outputs, up to four of which can be configured as standard outputs. Compared with the previous generation of PNOZmulti controller, the new units enable control systems to be configured with fewer unit types, thereby saving hardware and storage costs for machine builders, system integrators and end users.

A maximum of two I/O modules can be added to each PNOZ m B0 base unit to provide a total of 16 inputs and eight semiconductor outputs (shown on the right in the photograph above is a PNOZ m EF 8DI4DO module with eight digital inputs and four digital outputs). In the near future Pilz will introduce more expansion modules and communication interfaces, making the PNOZmulti 2 system ever more versatile and open to integration with higher-level third-party control systems.

As with the existing units in the PNOZmulti family, all the necessary safety functions on the new base unit can be created simply, directly on a PC using the PNOZmulti Configurator software tool. Expansion modules are also easy to select and configure via the PNOZmulti Configurator. This saves time and reduces engineering costs. PNOZmulti configurable control systems can easily be configured for use with safety functions such as emergency stop switches, safety gate switches and light beam devices.

Follow the link for more information about PNOZmulti configurable controllers and the new PNOZ m B0 base unit.

22 October 2012

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