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Network-integrated light curtains save money

New safety concepts with openSAFETY light curtains – thanks to B&R and Datalogic

B&R offers considerable savings in safety applications through network-integrated light curtains. Light curtains equipped with an openSAFETY interface eliminate the hardwiring required for conventional solutions. The company Datalogic is the first to bring these network-integrated light curtains to market.

Single-beam evaluation

An additional advantage of openSAFETY light curtains is the ability to evaluate each beam individually. This makes it possible to implement intelligent muting, for example, doing away with the sensors that were necessary for previous muting solutions.

Easy configuration and diagnostics

With a B&R solution using openSAFETY light curtains, safety functions such as muting and blanking are easily programmed in the Automation Studio development environment. The amount of work needed for commissioning is considerably reduced – especially for equipment produced in series. Diagnostics have also been simplified, with information available in plain text instead of having to be decrypted from LEDs.

openSAFETY implemented by Datalogic

"openSAFETY light curtains allow us to offer our mutual customers a whole new realm of safety solutions," stresses Paolo Zanetta, product manager for safety at Datalogic. "The customer enjoys maximum conceptual design freedom and even saves money compared to applications with simple binary data structures."

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