Safe human-machine collaboration

Mobile robot tests dishwashers in continuous operation

Fraunhofer-Roboter-Geschirrspueler_Teaser Video abspielen

Open the door, load the dirty dishes, add detergent, and restart the cycle: dishwashers have to complete hundreds of challenging test cycles before they can be relied upon to perform in day-to-day operation. To make things easier for the personnel carrying out these tests, a new mobile robot system was developed at the Fraunhofer IPA on behalf of Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH). The robot takes over all aspects of operating the machine. One of the focal points was user safety: the safety concept includes the use of laser scanners to protect the working area while allowing the robot’s hand to be inserted with the help of an enable switch. Continue reading

Configuration tool for Flexi Soft

Flexi Soft Designer: New tutorial videos available

Flexi Soft Designer Tutorial

The strength of the Flexi Soft Designer configuration tool is that it enables users to create easy and straightforward configurations for the Flexi Soft safety controller. Only three steps are needed (hardware configuration, logic creation and transfer and verify) to produce the configuration. The easy-to-follow user guide in the configuration tool provides information on the modules and elements, as well as a graphical wiring diagram for quick commissioning, plus full documentation. Continue reading

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Flexi Line and Flexi Loop: Highlights and innovations in the Flexi Soft portfolio

Flexi Soft

When design engineers become euphoric, there must be a good reason. Perhaps the latest safety controller from SICK that cleverly incorporates advantages? It is so safe and intelligent that a new word had to be invented for it: Flexi Soft. A solution that is flexible, scalable and easy to program using custom software – yet soft on the budget. New functionalities for networking safety stations, for cascading safety switches and sensors, as well as for integrating signals that are not safe now introduce even more flexibility into safe control technology. Continue reading

sens:Control – safe control solutions

Man-machine-interaction: Safe drive monitoring with the Drive Monitor

Drive Monitor

As the trend towards ever more powerful machines continues, ways of protecting them are also in need of constant development. Safe movement monitoring helps to keep risks to a minimum, as it not only enables mobile applications such as automated guided systems to be made more efficient, but even stationary applications, too. As part of the “Motion Control” range, SICK offers safety products that monitor the safety of machine movements. The latest member of this product family is the new drive monitor module, which offers even more flexible, high-performance drive monitoring that allows the operator to reach into the machine at reduced risk without having to switch it off. Continue reading