Beckhoff ELX series terminals with TwinSAFE SC

Monday, 02 July, 2018 | Supplied by: Beckhoff Automation Pty Ltd

The EtherCAT Terminals in the ELX series from Beckhoff have been expanded with the addition of analog input terminals with TwinSAFE SC (Single Channel) technology. The compact I/O terminals can be used to support applications in hazardous areas that require both intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety capabilities.

The compact ELX series terminals, certified in compliance with the ATEX and IECEx standards, enable direct connection of intrinsically safe field devices through to Zone 0/20 based on an integrated safety barrier, utilising TwinSAFE SC technology. The terminal designs extended by TwinSAFE SC technology now also make it possible to achieve a safety level equivalent to PL d/Cat 3 according to EN ISO 13849-1 or SIL 2 according to EN 62061. In this way, it is possible to use all process data existing in a system for safety technology too, such as to monitor the speed of fans in areas sensitive to explosion hazards, for example.

The I/Os are available as 12 mm-wide terminals with two or four analog input channels for 0/4–20 mA, and for RTD resistance sensors, thermocouples/mV and strain gauges. A single-channel terminal is also available for the direct connection of intrinsically safe incremental encoders, which evaluates a diagnostic-enabled NAMUR signal in accordance with IEC 60947-5-6.

With the aid of TwinSAFE SC technology, it is possible to make use of standard signals for safety-related tasks in any network or fieldbus system. The data from a TwinSAFE SC terminal is fed to the TwinSAFE Logic, where it undergoes safety-related multichannel processing. The data originating from different sources is analysed, checked for plausibility and submitted to a voting process.

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