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New safety light curtain redefines safety at manufacturing sites

01 November 2019

The F3SG-SR series offers a complete line-up of safety light curtains for a wide variety of applications and protective heights, covering all aspects from design through to maintenance.

Manufacturers today need to design flexible production lines to meet changing consumer needs and to manage globalisation. With these complex layouts, most manufacturers are using various types of safety light curtains for each protection application. This makes choosing the right light curtain a complicated and time-consuming task.

The new F3SG-SR Series of light curtains from Omron provides finger, hand, arm/leg, and body protection, from machine openings to the perimeters of equipment, including a wide variety of applications and protective heights ranging from 160mm to 2,48m to completely fit the protected area required. With the F3SG-SR, manufacturers are able to standardise mechanical design across production lines and eliminate the complexity of selection and design. The F3SG-SR series also ensures reliable detection even in harsh environment and extreme temperatures, thanks to its tightly sealed, oil-resistant structure and long-distance operating range.

“Installation and maintenance of safety light curtains have never been so easy as with the F3SG-SR Series,” said Javier González, EMEA Product Marketing Manager Safety at Omron Europe. “Users can simply replace a light curtain by copying the configuration from the old and restore to a new one, then plug and work. The intuitive indicators on the light curtains facilitate also the fine adjustment of beams for long-distance sensing and help to prevent unexpected equipment stoppages.”

Equipped with IO-Link for IoT connectivity, the operation data collection of F3SG-SR Series provides predictive maintenance to determine the optimal replacement timing, reduces downtime and enhances safety at manufacturing sites.

Key features and benefits

• Increased design flexibility: The industry's broadest line-up with same methods of installation and wiring eliminates complexity of selection and design, facilitating standardisation of the equipment.
• Easy installation and reduced wiring: Visualised beam status allow one engineer to easily install a light curtain. With the three-color Area Beam Indicator, the engineer can see the beam status from a distance, which significantly reduces beam adjustment time. A variety of accessories for complex muting applications, including muting sensor mounter and reduced wiring system, greatly reduce wiring work during line installation and maintenance.
• More stable equipment operation: The temperature range down to -30? and IP67G with water and oil resistance ensure stable operation even under harsh conditions. In addition, the high-power optical system maintains light intensity for a long time ensuring reliable detection.
• Quick diagnostics and replacement: The status indicators make error diagnosis easier. Integrated status management through remote monitoring optimise equipment and line maintenance. Furthermore, settings backed up using the intelligent tap are automatically restored after the light curtain is replaced. Virtually anyone can easily replace light curtains and restart the machine.

Omron is committed to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites by materialising its "innovative-Automation!" concept. By helping build safety systems using the F3SG-SR Series Safety Light Curtains across all phases from design through to maintenance, Omron continues to pursue remarkable enhancements in productivity and safety for the global manufacturing industry and accelerates the materialisation of "innovative-Automation!" together with its customers.

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