To make integrating openSAFETY even easier and more cost-effective, Hilscher developed a new netSAFETY module featuring openSAFETY over POWERLINK. Hilscher's partner MESCO provides engineering support for custom design-in systems using the module.
The evaluation board featuring the new netSAFETY module significantly reduces the development time required for openSAFETY integration. With the hardware and software already harmonised, a substantial portion of the development work is already done. Plans for TÜV pre-certification are underway, which will accelerate the certification process and lower costs even further. The evaluation board also provides key hardware and software design elements that can be adopted for custom projects.
Hilscher's netSAFETY module is suitable as a design-in option for HMI panels, frequency inverters, servo drives, light curtains and more - making integration of safety signals into these devices much more simple. With all safety signals exchanged over the openSAFETY network, the Hilscher product does away with the extensive wiring that is otherwise required.
The evaluation board features a netSAFETY module with a netX-52 network controller as well as two F-CPUs that combine safety communication and functional communication on a single board. The board has one safe output and three safe inputs with SIL3 compliance.
To learn more about the netSAFETY module go to www.ethernet-powerlink.org.