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Articles Entry: Source:Network Published Time:2014-7-8
Control - Motion Control Monitor

REVIEWIn the world of safety CONTROL devices, SICK<> uses the term “motion control?to refer to safety products that monitor the safety of machine movements. A critical use for such safety devices is to allow operator interaction with machinery without completely shutting down the machinery and critically impacting production operations.

SICK’s Drive Monitor FX3-MOC allows users to safely monitor a machine’s speed, thus providing for safe interaction between machine and operator. The Drive Monitor FX3-MOC allows intervention once it has detected a machine’s safe operating speed and maintains safe control over the machine or drive until the operator’s task is complete. Components and tools can then be quickly replaced in machines secured by a door, cover, or similar safety device. The speed monitor ensures safer and more efficient operation in maintenance mode.

Providing protection from hazardous movements in addition to creating more efficient and flexible machine designs, SICK’s Drive Monitor FX3-MOC is the ideal expansion module for the Flexi Soft safety controller—it is a snap on module to the Flexi Soft safety controller. It supports all commonly used encoder interfaces. Monitoring can be performed using functions such as speed and direction monitoring and the execution of stop functions in accordance with IEC 61800-5-2.

Encoders are centrally connected to the Drive Monitor FX3-MOC and thus enable speed and brake ramp monitoring. This monitoring optimizes protective fields, ensuring more effective use of available space.

Featuring programmable logic with special drive modules, the Drive Monitor FX3-MOC can be integrated via all common fieldbuses into a higher-level controller in combination with the Flexi Soft safety controller. This makes it possible to import pre-defined applications, thereby greatly simplifying the engineering of standard safety applications. The Drive Monitor can also share diagnostic information with other PLCs via gateways to keep cabling to a minimum.

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