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SICK releases software upgrade for the Flexi Soft controller

13 August 2010

SICK (UK) has released a software upgrade for its intuitive Flexi Soft controller. The latest version of the Flexi Soft Designer Software, Designer v1.3, enables the connection of up to four Flexi Soft controllers, up to 100m, in series, with an online view of the set up.

As well as controlling a greatly extended series of sensor function inputs and outputs, Flexi Soft Designer makes updating and reconfiguring new safety tasks simple and quick. The user is now able to document the software with full functional descriptions, which are stored locally on the Flexi controller. The reports from the software also allow the user to document the project according to the requirements of BS EN 13849-1.

Ten new logic blocks include a ramp down monitor and access to more features of SICK laser scanners and light curtains than are available in stand-alone equipment. Fast shut-off, with integrated bypass, and an adjustable ON/OFF delay, ensure that response times are minimized to 8ms, reducing safety distances and the machine footprint.

New integral test tool and data recorder functions allow rapid system configuration/commissioning testing and instant data recording for troubleshooting and verification, without the need for third-party software. Input, output and wiring diagrams are now displayed graphically, enabling a complete system overview for validation and minimising errors.

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