23 Feb 2018

Light curtains enable higher levels of safety in industrial production

RS Components has announced availability of the new Allen-Bradley GuardShield 450L POC safety light curtain system from Rockwell Automation.

Targeting machine builders, maintenance engineers and facilities managers responsible for on-site safety in production and processing areas, the new series of light curtains offers a flexible and cost-effective solution that enhances safety while improving productivity through innovative and patented transceiver technology.

Enabling a safer work environment, safety light curtains are essentially photoelectric presence sensors that have been designed to protect personnel from injuries related to hazardous machine motion. Widely used in industrial production processes that are becoming increasingly automated, light curtains offer optimal safety and enable greater productivity, as well as being the more ergonomically sound solution when compared to mechanical guards. The 450L series offers POC (Point of Operation Control) models, which are designed for finger, hand and arm protection and are designed to be placed close to the hazard and at the point of operation where personnel may frequently interact with a machine.

While traditional safety light curtains are based on separate transmitter and receiver units, the GuardShield 450L safety light curtains use a next-generation system featuring patented technology. It allows each transceiver to be used as a transmitter or receiver via an innovative plug-in module that establishes each unit’s function as either a transmitter or receiver. This innovative approach enables a flexible and cost-effective safety solution as well as greatly reduced stock. For example, when light curtain systems are developed on the traditional transmitter/receiver architecture, customers need to buy multiple light curtain models to accommodate different features. However, the GuardShield 450L series enables the purchase of identical sticks that offer customisable features with different plug-ins.

Five-pin plug-ins are available for basic on/off functionality, while eight-pin plug-ins provide manual and auto-restart with external device monitoring. To further simplify setup, advanced function settings are configured via DIP switches located on the plug-in module. Additionally, flexible mounting kits and built-in alignment indication allow for quick and trouble-free installation.

Now available from RS in the EMEA region, the complete GuardShield 450L series from Rockwell includes more than 20 safety light curtains and many accessories.

Most popular news in Distribution & supply

Gresham Power announces availability of high reliability VRLA batteries
Rutronik expands European distribution agreement with TDK
Distribution deal in Mexico strengthens Clavister’s presence in the Americas
JPR Electronics stocking unique single board computer
Richardson RFPD announces global distribution deal with Maxwell Technologies

All news in this channel | All news


Share this page


Want more like this? Register for our newsletter






Next Generation Freight Transport Mark Patrick | mouser Electronics
Next Generation Freight Transport
As road freight transport levels continue to grow, concerns about the impact on the environment and human health come sharply into focus. Fossil fuel dependency makes it a leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but shifting freight to other transportation modes will prove challenging. Solutions that will improve the efficiency and performance of road freight transport are therefore essential to achieve defined environmental goals. In this blog, we will explore a potential solution that has been pioneered by Siemens - called eHighway. This combines the efficiency of electrified railways with the flexibility of trucks in order to form an innovative, next generation freight traffic system that is efficient, economical and environmentally friendly.









Radio-Electronics.com is operated and owned by Adrio Communications Ltd and edited by Ian Poole. All information is © Adrio Communications Ltd and may not be copied except for individual personal use. This includes copying material in whatever form into website pages. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on Radio-Electronics.com, no liability is accepted for any consequences of using it. This site uses cookies. By using this site, these terms including the use of cookies are accepted. More explanation can be found in our Privacy Policy