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Jan
31

SICK Modular Safety Controller: FLEXI SOFT

Difficult learning, complicated programming and system configuration are now a thing of the past when it comes to machine safety.

Sick Flexi Soft

Sick Flexi Soft

Flexi Soft by SICK makes it all so simple by using the intuitive and ergonomic programming software. With the Flexi Soft Designer, the entire project is programmed from beginning to end. The planning is done via the PC, and hardware is selected and combined to offer optimal amounts of inputs and outputs. All tactile and optical safety sensors can be attached to these modules in order to complete the project. Up to 12 modules can be attached to the chosen CPU and thereby up to 144 inputs/outputs can be used. Due to the individual and compact 22.5mm wide modules, the control cabinet only needs to house enough safety controller to match the application.

Flexi Soft is a programmable, modular expandable safety controller by SICK.

The main CPU module FX3-CPU is the CPU of the entire system where all input signals are monitored and processed via safety logic programs stored inside the CPU’s memory.

These signals are used to switch outputs on the system through the FLEX BUS+ interface which interacts all units to one another.

The FX3-CPU has an RS-232C interface allowing connection to the easy-to-use Flexi Soft Designer in order to upload/download projects and change system settings.

The RS-232 port can also be used as a permanent port to a PLC or HMI if required.

The main module FX3-CPU1 has 2 EFI-connections on it.

An input/output extension module FX3-XTIO has 8 safety inputs and 4 safety outputs.

The input expansion module FX3-XTDI has 8 safety inputs.

Flexi Soft Modular Safety Controller

Flexi Soft Modular Safety Controller

Main Modules

  • General function blocks (i.e. AND/OR/XOR/NOT)
  • Application-specific: Bypass, Muting, Press, etc.
  • RS-232 port for configuration and real-time diagnostics
  • EFI connection for expanded sensor functionality, thorough diagnostics and bidirectional device communication
  • FX3-CPU0: without EFI connection
  • FX3-CPU1: with 2 EFI connections
  • Separate memory plug to save the safety controller’s configuration.

In-/ Output expansion modules

  • FX3-XTIO: Input/output expansion with 8 safety inputs, 4 safety outputs and 2 test outputs
  • FX3-XTDI: Input expansion with 8 safety inputs and 8 test outputs
  • Up to 12 modules can be attached to the chosen CPU and thereby up to 144 inputs/outputs can be used

Relay expansion modules

  • UE410-2RO: 2 normally open, 1 application diagnostic output and 1 EDM contact
  • UE410-4RO: 2 x 2 normally open, 2 x 1 application diagnostic output and 2 x 1 EDM contacts
  • UE12-2FG: 2 normally open and 1 EDM contact, cascade
  • UE10-2FG: 2 normally open and 1 EDM contact

Gateways

To connect the Flexi Soft to an existing PLC, you can do this by integrating up to two Gateways.

Gateways

 

The following modules are available:

  • EtherNet/IP FX0-GENT
  • PROFIBUS-DP FX0-GPRO
  • CANopen FX-GCAN
  • Modbus TCP FX0-GMOD
  • DeviceNet FX0-GNEV
  • PROFINET IO FXGPNT

In-System added value

Usage of enhanced sensor functions through the EFI-interface.

The EFI-interface (Enhanced Function Interface) is a two wire communication between safety sensor and controller.

All EFI sensors connected to Flexi Soft can be accessed and programmed via the Flexi Soft’s RS-232 connection.

The software incorporates a high quality diagnostic function delivering fast and accurate actions, allowing the user to make program changes or fix errors productively.

So if you are after simplicity with a high-level of safety, from the integration of an Emergency stop, to the integration of optical safety sensors. Or even the combination of entry/exit stations with entry protection, with the option of networking to complex machinery with minimal effort, then the SICK Modular Safety Controller is the solution for you!

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