Schmersal Group (Hawthorne, NY) presents a new Industry 4.0-compliant solution at SPS IPC Drives 2018: the PROTECT PSC1 safety controller with integrated OPC UA server. The connection from the PSC1 to the industrial machine-to-machine communication protocol will allow extensive information from Schmersal products to be included in manufacturer-neutral data exchange. In addition, this solution allows Schmersal products to deliver maintenance information, meaning that components can be replaced before before they reach end-of-life or lose performance level. Benefits include the following:
- A programmable, modular design.
- The universal communications interface allows data exchange across different fieldbus systems.
- It handles different fieldbus systems with just one hardware.
- The integrated OPC UA server allows sensors to provide data in a machine-readable format.