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Technical articles – Archive 2017

  • Data is the new gold

    Focus on safety

    SAFETY - With its range of different solutions for safe signal evaluation, the Schmersal Group offers individually tailored and cost-effective solutions and increased productivity for the user.To ensure safe signal evaluation, safety technology provider Schmersal provides solutions based on safety relay modules and safety controllers with a wide range of visualisation and diagnostic options as a function of the complexity and connection depth of the safety circuits.

    Author: Christian Heller, Head of Product Management, Schmersal Group

    Source: :K - Kompetenz für Konstrukteure, Henrich Publikationen Gmbh

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  • A standard investigated

    Interview with Siegfried Wolf, head of tec.nicum academy and tec.nicum consulting

    In June last year, the reworked DIN EN ISO 13849-1 standard was published. The editorial team chatted to machine safety expert Siegfried Wolf from K.A. Schmersal GmbH & CO. KG about how the changes and additions will impact machine constructors.

    Source: magazine DER KONSTRUKTEUR 11/2017

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  • NO INDUSTRY 4.0 WITHOUT MACHINE SAFETY

    “Safety Technology specialists should be involved as early as the design phase.”

    Interview with Philip Schmersal, Managing Director and Shareholder, Schmersal Group: "The prevailing issues of Industry 4.0 / IIoT are communication and data exchange, intelligent networking and flexibility. In this respect, our safety controller PSC1 is Industry 4.0 compliant."

    Source: DER KONSTRUKTEUR 1-2/2017

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  • Tiny things for maximum effect

    Premiere for the smallest safety light barrier

    At SPS IPC Drives 2016, the Schmersal Group showcased a new range of opto-electronic safety equipment with a clear unique selling point. The SLB 240/440/450 is the smallest
    range of safety light barriers in the world with built-in evaluation.

    Author: Klaus Schuster, Schmersal Group

    Source: Konstruktion & Entwicklung, 11 / 2016, Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft

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  • Mobile and safe

    Tailored safety technology supports the the flexibility of a welding cell

    The mobile welding cell from the Guttroff group of companies offers a whole load of technology in a compact space, is delivered in no time and is enormously flexible in terms
    of potential applications. The user can select whether to buy or rent the “welding robot to go” and in either scenario gains access to welding know-how and services. The safety technology selected by Schmersal provides substantial support for the automated cell in terms of flexibility.

    Source: Der Betriebsleiter 11-12/2016

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  • Hygiene-compliant, flexible and reliable

    safety systems for the food and packaging industry

    The requirements are tough for the food and packaging industry: hygiene-compliant design, flexibility, short conversion times and high levels of plant availability are increasingly important features for machines and systems. In these industries, too, protecting employees is a priority, but the safety systems need to be adapted to the individual applications and contribute to the efficiency of the production processes.

    Author: Siegfried Rüttger, Industry Manager Pharma/Food/Packaging, Schmersal Group
    Source: Getränke + Lebensmittel Herstellung 2016, Kuhn Fachverlag
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  • Focus on what is important

    Safety relay modules for evaluation of safety-oriented signals

    A new range of safety relay modules from Schmersal is simple to adapt to individual requirements. A single module covers a range of applications. Other features include
    short address times and pre-configured applications – functions which are required in,for example, packaging machine construction.

    Author: Thomas Rühl, Product Manager, Schmersal

    Source: elektro AUTOMATION, SONDERTEIL SICHERHEITSTECHNIK 2016

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  • Best of all flexible

    Requirements on safe control technology

    In the widely varying task areas in industrial production, flexibility is becoming an increasingly important characteristic of machines and installations. Batch sizes are becoming smaller, and it must be possible to adapt the machines to different products and market conditions both straightforwardly and quickly. As a result there are also special requirements on the safe control technology. A new generation of programmable modular safety controllers from Schmersal is extremely well suited to this requirement.

    Source: GIT SICHERHEIT + MANAGEMENT 10/2016, WILEY-VCH Verlag
    Author:Siegfried Rüttger, Industry Manager Packaging/Food/Pharma, Schmersal Group
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  • Changes of relevance to practice or simply cosmetic revisions?

    Experts in safety technology on the updated standard DIN EN ISO 13849-1:2016 – Safety of machinery

    After several years of standardisation work, DIN EN ISO 13849-1:2016 was published at the end of May. Since July it is therefore only this standard that is allowed to be used as the basis for the presumption of conformity. As there are a lot of changes in the standard, there may be new requirements for issuing EC declarations of conformity as a result. The effect these changes have on the practical work of machinery and plant manufacturers is explained by the seven experts in this interview. They also explain which special requirements need to be addressed on the usage of collaborative robots.

    Source: elektro AUTOMATION 09 / 2016

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