Why choose Networked Safety Gate Switches?
With the rise of smart manufacturing, more and more factories are connecting their automation and control systems to their IT infrastructure with the use of Industrial Ethernet networks to fully utilise the many benefits associated with digitalisation.
With industrial communication protocols such as; PROFINET and EtherNet/IP, factories can build one common, converged, and rugged plant-to-business network which faciltates a much smoother data-exchange platform. Manufacturers are now looking to connect their functional safety devices in a similar, networked manner.
To cater to this growing demand, Fortress have developed proNet: a communication module that enables virtually all amGardpro safety interlock switches to operate on industrial Ethernet based network protocols.
The proNet module allows the features of your safety gate configurations to become distributed IO on either a PROFINET or EtherNet/IP network with safety data being exchanged via the PROFIsafe or CIP Safety functional safety extension.
Safety application coverage over industrial ethernet provides the ability to mix safety devices and standard devices on the same network or wire for seamless integration and increased flexibility.
The modularity of amGardpro enables the following functionality to be incorporated into a networked safety switch:
- Multiple actuator types for different door types
- Internal Escape Release for emergency exits
- Safety Key Technology for Personnel Protection
- Solenoid Controlled Guard Locking
- Push Button Control and Indicator Lamps
- Monitored and Illuminated E-stops