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schmersal1218The Schmersal group introduces the Safety control "Protect PSC1"With integrated OPC UA server, a new industrial 4.0-compatible solution. The connection of the PSC1 to the industrial machine-to-machine communication protocol makes it possible for extensive information from the manufacturer's products to be included in a cross-manufacturer data exchange in the future.

In addition, these can provide maintenance information so that predictive maintenance allows the components to be replaced in a timely manner, before reaching the End of Lifetime or losing the performance level.

The Protect PSC1 is a programmable, modular safety controller. It is equipped with a universal communication interface to enable data exchange via different fieldbus systems with higher-level control systems. The various fieldbus protocols can be easily selected by software, so that the control for different fieldbus systems with only one hardware manages.

An OPC UA server has now been integrated into this communication interface. This means that all security sensors can retrieve extensive data in a machine-readable, semantic description via the M2M communication protocol. These include, for example, status data of the safety outputs, safety characteristics, information on the service life of the sensors, ordering information, data sheets, drawings and images. Safety sensors equipped with a Schmersal SD bus can also display information on the actuator, the temperature in the sensor, the serial number of the instrument and error messages.

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