AUTOMATION safety supplier, Siemens , has slashed the amount of cabling that normally comes with electronic safety systems.
The SCALANCE industrial wireless local area network (LAN) paired with Ethernet standard, PROFINET, means that cabling is kept to a minimum.
Safety devices, such as emergency stops, are wired to a block of inputs and outputs (I/O) paired with a local wireless transmitting device that communicates with a centralised wireless access point without cables - something that Siemens will demonstrate at the Safety In Action exhibition in May.
The result, says Siemens, is a much simpler system that is easy to install, even when safety equipment is dispersed across large areas or on otherwise difficult applications such as mobile cranes or shipping yards.
The newly launched PROFINET system including wireless, is the only open Ethernet system to be TUV certified to comply with Category 4 safety standards, according to Siemens.
For a real life demonstration of Siemens' wireless safety solutions, visit stand A10 during Safety In Action and Materials & Manual Handling, which runs from Tuesday May 16 to Thursday May 18 2006 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.