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The USi-safety® Sensor System in Accordance with Category 3 PL d

PL d certification

Ultrasonic Technology for Safety in All Areas

The USi-safety ultrasonic sensor system is breaking new ground for safety applications—whether in challenging, dusty environments or in outdoor areas. Machines and vehicles can be reliably protected using state-of-the-art ultrasonic technology and all of the advantages this brings.
Intelligent Design for Every Situation

Intelligent Design for Every Situation

A miniature sensor unit detached from the control interface allows the USi-safety to be used even in confined installation situations. The special design of the converter allows the sensor to cover an elliptical, three-dimensional sound field with opening angles of ± 17° and ± 5°, providing an improved level of safety.
Protected against Manipulation

Protected against Manipulation

Preventing safety functions from potentially being manipulated is a recurring challenge when implementing safety applications. USi-safety supports a teach-in process where a machine part is used as a reference target, so that the sensor system can register deviations immediately and the safety function can remain operational.
Quick Parameterization and Automatic Documentation

Quick Parameterization and Automatic Documentation

Comprehensive parameterization software and documentation make commissioning the ultrasonic sensor system quick and simple for users. In addition, the parameterization software can be used to initialize periodic tests and to generate safety protocols for the required safety verification in a fully automated manner.




Two Category 3 PL d Safe Systems on a Single Evaluation Unit

USi-safety evaluation unit

Up to two ultrasonic sensor units (ultrasonic transducers) can be connected to the evaluation unit of the USi-safety ultrasonic sensor system. They each have a single-fault tolerance, 2-channel structure. Reliable protection is therefore possible via each of the two independent sensor channels. A safe sensor system is provided even when only one sensor unit is connected. One signal output and safe OSSD outputs in accordance with category 3 PL d are available for signal output to a safety controller for each connected sensor unit.

In combination with the remote design of the converters, which are available with cable lengths of up to three meters, the system can be used very efficiently in applications where left/right or forward/reverse movements in a space need to be safeguarded—on Auto-Guided Transport Systems, for example. In addition, applications can also be implemented in which both sound fields are focused directly adjacent to each other or even overlapping to secure the widest possible collective sensing range—for example, as a sound curtain that is used to control access to a work cell.

Technology

Elliptical Sound Field for Especially Wide Sensing Range

USi-safety sound field

Whereas conventional ultrasonic sensors emit acoustic signals in the form of a radially symmetrical sound beam, in the USi-safety this takes the form of a strongly elliptical sound field. The opening angle of ± 17° / ± 5° creates an especially wide sensing range in one plane and a narrow sensing range in the other. This allows the sensor unit to be mounted in confined installation situations.

The system can therefore be used successfully even just above ground level or close to a wall. At the same time, this technology—which is optimized for capturing 3-D spaces—enables the sensor to detect switching targets or obstacles that are overhanging or near to the ground.

The System

The USi-safety ultrasonic sensor system consists of a evaluation unit, a sensor unit, a temperature sensor, and the software. To learn more about the individual components, click through the tabber menu on the right.

USi-safety system

The Components

Evaluation Unit
Sensor Unit
Temp. Sensor
Software
USi-safety
The control interface contains two microcontrollers that monitor the connected sensors, their own hardware, and each other to ensure that the components are functioning correctly. This provides the system with single-fault tolerance in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1. In addition to the connections for the ultrasonic sensor units and the safe, short-circuit, and crossed-circuit monitored OSSD outputs, there is an input for a temperature sensor and a USB interface for parameterization via PC.

Application Examples

Collision Avoidance in the Fork Tip

USi-safety application

Reliably preventing collisions involving driverless forklifts is an ideal area of use for the USi-safety ultrasonic sensor system. As the ultrasonic technology is resistant to dirt, temperature, air currents, and humidity, it significantly expands the area of use for these Auto-Guided Transport Systems. In addition, USi-safety is even able to safely monitor the dead band just ahead of where the fork arms enter the pallet—a challenge that none of the usual safety-certified systems have been able to cope with up to now. A specially developed algorithm prevents cross-talk between multiple Auto-Guided Transport Systems equipped with USi-safety.







USi-safety application

The miniature ultrasonic sensor units feature IP69K protection and reliably detect objects even under the most demanding ambient conditions. Their detached design means that they can be positioned independently and geometrically flexibly on an Auto-Guided Transport System and connected to the control interface via cables up to three meters long. The sensor units can even be positioned in the tips of fork arms. The teach-in function, which can be used to suppress interfering truck contours on the Auto-Guided Transport System, for example, further increases the operational safety.

Personal Safety in Lane-Guided AGVs

Personal Safety in Lane-Guided AGVs

Lane-guided AGVs follow a lane applied on the ground and transport goods from one station to the next. In this process, it can happen that the paths of people cross the specified transport paths of the vehicles. In such areas, collisions between the AGVs and people must be avoided to ensure both personal protection and uninterrupted transport. For this purpose, the detection range of the ultrasonic sensor units can be quickly and easily adapted to the conditions via the parameterization software. In addition to safe OSSD outputs for the safety field, the sensor system also has one signal output per channel, for example to reduce the speed of an AGV or to issue a warning signal.

Machine Safeguarding in the Wood Industry

Machine Safeguarding in the Wood Industry

Usually, machines are safeguarded by photoelectronic light curtains. However, wood dust or other particles flying around in the air, for example, can cause false alarms and the machine switches into the safe state. The light grid must be cleaned and the machine restarted manually in order to continue with the process. Due to ultrasonic technology, the USi-safety, used as a "sound curtain," is insensitive to wood dust and other particles and can withstand demanding environments. Unlike optical sensors, the USi-safety does not need to be kept clean, nor is the production process unnecessarily interrupted by false alarms—and the machine is still reliably safeguarded. At the same time, the system offers the advantage that fixed machine parts can be taught-in via teach-in function and used for manipulation protection. If this reference target is no longer recognized due to manipulation, the system switches to the safe state.

USi-safety in the Field

Get an insight into how USi-safety works: our animation shows the system at work and illustrates the technical refinements.

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