New I/O Distribution Method

Thursday, August 2, 2012 @ 04:08 PM gHale

Phoenix Contact’s SafetyBridge technology makes it possible to distribute I/O modules in a network without the need for a safety controller.

SafetyBridge technology allows the input and output modules to exchange safety-related signals with one another. The standard control system and network are only used as a transport medium.

The safety logic operations are directly processed in the intelligent safety output module. The safety modules can be distributed throughout an automation system using Phoenix Contact’s Inline Modular I/O. SafetyBridge easily integrates into PROFIBUS, PROFINET, INTERBUS, and EtherNet/IP protocols over Phoenix Contact, Siemens Step 7 and Allen-Bradley RSLogix 5000 control suites.

The Safeconf software allows parameterization of the safety input and output channels and generates the safety logic. Pre-configured function blocks are available for almost any application.

The standard control only has to copy non-safety I/O data bidirectionally between the input and output modules. Consequently, the control does not handle any safety-oriented tasks.

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