In a competitive marketplace that demands efficiency and value without comprising quality, many industrial businesses are looking to improve their bottom line through automation. These objectives come a range of obligations and responsibilities that namely centre on the conformance to safety regulations and legislation – that is to protect both people, machines and the manufacturing plant itself.
NHP specialises in motor control, power distribution and automation systems. Working with NHP, MAR was recently involved in a robotic cell project that delivered on these two important factors: efficiency and value. The automation for the production line was introduced in three stages.
Throughout the automation system employed across these stages, the use of the Carlo Gavazzi Certus safety module from NHP provided great flexibility regarding the allocation and location of safety input/output (I/O) units. As the project was spread over three stages with separate control panel locations and implementation timelines, the use of the Certus equipment gave the ability of position safety I/O when and where it was required. The Certus system was also easily expanded in accordance with the increase of safety I/O with each automation stage.
The use of the Certus safety system enabled ease of expanding the system as was required. The graphical function block programming environment made programming changes easy and with the built in Certus change reporting and validation, also made full safety validation of the system readily achievable”, said John Farrell, MAR Senior Project Engineer. “One of the main features of the Certus equipment was the ability for Safely I/O to be placed in remotely located control panels and connected easily to the Certus Master module in a very seamless way”.
Using the Certus configurable safety model on this project enabled MAR to achieve exceptional value for money while giving a flexible fully validated safety system.
Article source: NHP