Mitsubishi Electric is introducing an innovative new safety module option for its popular MELSEC iQ-R PLC, providing the performance and integrity of a separate safety controller but without the need for additional cabinet space. Combining responsiveness and non-stop operations with high process availability and dependability, the iQ-R is well suited to supporting the demanding mission-critical applications – as well as conventional process control.
To deliver safe and robust operations in low- to high-risk applications, machine builders and manufacturers need controllers that can address specific safety requirements. The latest MELSEC iQ-R series PLC addresses these needs by offering a flexible, modular, all-in-one option for process and safety control.
In addition to managing advanced control tasks, the PLC can offer combined safety control for functional and process safety. This offers the ability to create applications that are compliant with ISO 13849-1 PL e and IEC 61508 SIL 3, enabling users to rely on both its performance and process integrity.
The combination of process and safety control into one unit helps machine builders, system integrators, process and manufacturing businesses benefit from a comprehensive and scalable control management strategy. This is while optimising their equipment footprint, reducing the wiring requirement and lowering capital investment. These benefits are further enhanced by the option of using a common CC-Link IE Field Gigabit Ethernet network for both process and safety control communications.
Operational control functionality is programmed using a single, intuitive platform, GX Works3. As a result, it is possible to create and execute integrated process and safety control programs via a single CPU module, thereby substantially reducing the time and cost associated with setting up two separate controllers.
All these elements built into an iQ-R and its safety module result in a versatile device whose application is straightforward to modify or expand. The controller is therefore suitable for a broad range of sectors, from chemical process sites and utilities, to highly regulated pharmaceutical manufacturing.
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