Intelligent safety sensors from SICK are integrated into fieldbus and Ethernet interfaces using EFI gateways.
EFI or the Enhanced Function Interface from SICK enables direct safety-capable communication of sensors and controllers between each other. These gateways allow EFI to be utilised for fieldbus and network integration when no fieldbus interface is integrated.
EFI gateways are used to integrate intelligent safety sensors from SICK into fieldbus and Ethernet interfaces, allowing the user to make full use of extended sensor functionalities available in the sensors such as contamination control in the S3000 safety laser scanners.
When it comes to the fieldbus, the EFI gateways permit replacement of a configurable process image between the EFI sensors and the higher-level PLC, allowing the user to carry out diagnoses conveniently at a central location and eliminate errors quickly and specifically, reducing downtimes and optimising plant availability.
Featuring two interfaces for connecting two safety sensors from SICK, the EFI gateways allow effortless integration of safety solutions into a standard and safe PLC or, respectively, into an already existing network.
All common network standards are supported in this connection, including Ethernet, CANopen, PROFIBUS, PROFIBUS PROFIsafe, and PROFINET PROFIsafe. The CDS configuration software, which provides all configuration and diagnostic data, is used to configure the EFI gateways.