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Safety-certified encoder protects operators

10 October 2015

SICK UK's PLd / SIL2-certified DFS60S Pro incremental encoder enables motion to be safely controlled in automated guided vehicles or machinery requiring frequent operator interaction.

Especially when teamed with the Flexi Soft FX3-MOC Drive Monitor, the DFS60S Pro permits safe working without loss of productivity during routine operations, such as piece part loading, magazine replacement, adjustment on machining centres or splicing of material on reel-fed machinery.

Using a single DFS60S Pro, the rotating shaft speed is monitored and output to a safe motion monitor, providing data which can allow PLd / SIL2 safety for the equipment, PLe / SIL3 if two encoders are used.

The encoder is fitted directly to the machine’s rotating shaft, the connection consisting of specially-engineered components with the added security of a keyed drive. The use of the key is recommended for all shaft diameters but is essential for shaft diameters below 10mm.

The IP65 rated encoder has a temperature range of -30oC to +95oC, is flange mounted and can be specified with M23, M12 connectors or a cable outlet.

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