Advancements in Robot Safety from B&R Monitor All Serial Robot Types in a Safety Application


By extending the safety function "Safely Limited Speed at Tool Center Point" (SLS at TCP), BR now makes it possible to monitor the full spectrum of serial robot types in a safety application. This is a significant advancement of the function first introduced in 2011, which so far has already allowed safe monitoring of all joints on a 6-axis articulated arm robot.



Configure custom kinematic chains

To take advantage of this extended functionality, B&R now offers a parameter block for generic serial robots that makes it possible to configure any type of kinematic chain. This removes any restrictions on specific types of robots and allows user to define and configure their own customized kinematic systems with up to eleven separate joints. It is also possible to include up to 20 joint couplings with coupling factors, allowing users to incorporate mechanical couplings between individual axes as well.



TÜV-certified function blocks

Safely monitoring speed relies on safe axis position data. This data is provided by ACOPOSmulti servo drives with their integrated SafeMC functionality. TÜV-certified SafeROBOTICS function blocks in the safety application use these positions to calculate the absolute speeds of the joints, tool mounting flange and tool center point.  



And because data is transferred via the fieldbus-independent openSAFETY protocol, users have the freedom to choose the control system that best fits their needs. The safety functions themselves are executed directly on the drives. 



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B&R company profile

B&R is the world's largest and most successful private company in the area of automation equipment manufacturing. The motto "Perfection in Automation" has provided the foundation for the company since B&R was founded in 1979. Today, B&R employs 2,400 employees worldwide and has an exceptional global presence with 168 sales offices in 68 countries.



As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering.



B&R Industrial Automation, Inc. North America, based in Atlanta, GA, has been working closely with their customers since 1987. Since then, B&R North America has continuously grown as a sales and support organization through both direct sales offices and B&R's unique Automation Partner distribution network. Today, B&R North America has a network of more than 20 offices throughout the USA and Canada and is there for its customers locally.


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