Wieland Electric has added six new industrial press function control blocks to its samos®PRO COMPACT-PLUS family of programmable safety controllers, and integrated support for both EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT fieldbus communication protocols. The expanded capabilities of the samos®PRO COMPACT-PLUS modules, making it simple for anyone involved in machine design to seamlessly integrate peripheral devices into the automation network and to relay control information back to these devices, using one of several industrial communications protocols. The use of these predesigned press control function blocks allows machine design engineers to easily and cost-effectively add critical safety control functions to both new and existing industrial press systems.
The new samos®PRO COMPACT-PLUS variants offer enhanced functionality, including certified function blocks for the safe automation of mechanical or hydraulic presses with support for Multiple Fieldbus Protocols. The Modules offer six control function blocks to monitor press contacts, ensuring proper signal sequencing and timing during press operation, whilst controlling press operation during setup, single-stroke, automatic, and cyclic modes.
With this expansion to the samos®PRO COMPACT range, the PLUS safety controllers can deliver cost-effective, critical safety functions for both new and existing industrial press machinery, including eccentric and hydraulic presses, whilst delivering all of the critical features of the samos®PRO COMPACT. These include base units with up to 20 safe inputs and eight safe outputs, expandability up to 116 safe inputs and 56 safe outputs, integrated Ethernet ports and free software for simulation and automatic report generation.
The new function blocks have TÜV certification, and are compliant with the most recent press safety standards. With the addition of EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT to the samos®PRO COMPACT-PLUS further extends the flexibility of the controller, allowing machine design engineers to implement all of the benefits associated with a complex integrated industrial fieldbus system at lower cost.
The expansion of the samosPRO COMPACT range and NEW-PLUS controller’s communication capabilities enables data exchange over a variety of common industrial networks, including EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT protocols, in addition to PROFINET and ModBus/TCP, to facilitate communication between Ethernet-based field devices in a machine or building engineering network.
The samos®PRO COMPACT-PLUS 45mm-wide base modules are designed to control the safety functions of a wide variety of industrial applications, and are compatible with Wieland Electric’s free samos®PLAN5+ programming software, which provides design engineers with a simple and intuitive interface, powerful simulation tools and effective troubleshooting and ensures compliant machine documentation with a customised report.