PLCopen publishes safety spec for presses

  • December 18, 2012
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December 18, 2012 - PLCopen publishes safety spec for presses. The document contains a general overview of the implementation of safety around presses, coupled to twelve function blocks. Due to the wide application area of presses, the function blocks include the use of electrical motors and valves control for hydraulics.
This specification is an addition to the existing safety standard as provided by PLCopen. The specification for presses, being part 4 in the set, is now on the PLCopen website as version 0.99 - Release for Comments, to generate feedback from the potential users March 29, 2013.
With the usage of presses on the factory floor, the safety of the operating personnel is very important. For this reason PLCopen together with its members worked on a safety specification specific for the application of presses. In this way the implementation of the safety functionality is harmonized across the different implementations, easing the work the machine builder has to do, while reducing the certification and training efforts. 
About PLCopen
PLCopen was founded in 1992 as an independent worldwide association for industrial suppliers and users. It is the leading association resolving topics related to industrial control programming. PLCopen creates concepts to reduce the costs of industrial automation. These cost savings are realized in areas such as engineering, training, operation and maintenance. Together with its members, PLCopen creates specifications to materialize these concepts. 
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