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WITH Intelliface, the family of intelligent interface components for a variety of networking levels, SICK has implemented a concept that allows safety sensors to be integrated into relay, PLC and safety-oriented field-bus environments.

These components, presented at the HMI Hanover Industrial Fair under the title Universal Equipment (UE), integrate safety technology (sensors and actuators) in customers' machines and are designed for the most varied of control worlds.

The basic requirements of "safe" automation are covered with the modern safety relays of the UE10 series. They act as evaluation and testing devices for opto-electronic safety sensors, emergency stop, and two-hand control systems, as well as safety switches and interlocks of Types 2 - 4 according to EN 954.

The UE100 series - small configurable safe control systems - are a suitable partner for machines with medium networking levels.

This series of small configurable safety control systems provides an application solution for general safety uses (with any combination of safety components) and special muting and press applications.

Opto-electronic safety equipment, non-contact safety sensors, and safety switches and interlocks can be connected, logically linked and easily integrated in the machine control system.

The IP 67 remote I/O modules of the UE 1000 series are the bus nodes for demanding requirements. The devices are designed for machines and plants with high networking levels and programmable logic controllers.

As a result of bus technology, technical safety advantages such as lower wiring costs, bi-directional communication between the field and control levels, or high transfer rates also become accessible.

Whether the diagnosis of individual sensors, automatic downloading of sensor configurations and parameters during initial commissioning, the state of the 16 active and passive inputs for safety sensors, or auto-reconfiguration during running operation of the plant when servicing is necessary - all safety-relevant data from the various components can be transferred via UE 1000 components in bus systems.

With the components of the Intelliface concept, users profit from rapid commissioning, simple maintenance and uncomplicated exchange of sensors - minimising the cost of ownership and ensuring a high level of cost-effectiveness for the safety technology and the entire plant.

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