FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A., June 14 2016 - ASCO has introduced the capability to integrate multiple safety zones within a single Numatics 503 Series valve manifold. This new zoned safety approach helps the design engineer satisfy the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and comply with ISO 13849-1 while eliminating the components and complexity found in discrete safety circuits.
“With this functionality, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and end user can easily and cost-effectively configure up to three safety circuits in a production machine using a single Numatics 503 Series valve manifold with G3 fieldbus electronics,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing – Americas, ASCO. “Our simple, user-friendly zoned safety approach reduces components, saves space, plus improves design flexibility.”
The zoned safety concept is an integrated approach to machine safety and control that greatly simplifies the design of a redundant pneumatic safety circuit with a manifold system. The Numatics 503 Series can create up to three independent electro-pneumatic safety zones, while also allowing independent non-safe sections to co-exist within one manifold assembly. The operator does not have to shut down the entire machine by releasing compressed air with a redundant safety/control dump valve. Instead, the Numatics 503 Series valve manifold can be configured to shut down air and power only to the group of valves that controls the machine’s motion in the operator’s vicinity.
“Because zoned safety capability is designed into the standard Numatics 503 Series valve manifold platform, no redesign is required and the user has optimal choices when selecting valve options, accessories, and flow requirements,” said Kemple. “The flexible approach also significantly reduces safety system cost and allows valuable machine space to be saved for other purposes.”
About ASCO Numatics
ASCO, an Emerson company, offers comprehensive solutions of fluid automation products for a broad range of process and manufacturing industry applications. The company’s global scale increases speed to market, its deep expertise across applications transforms ideas into measurable outcomes, and its people create solutions that maximize efficiencies and optimize customer applications. ASCO’s fluid control and pneumatic product lines include a full range of solenoid valves, angle body piston valves, valve manifolds, cylinders, filters, regulators, lubricators and a complete range of accessories. For more information, visit www.asco.com.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.