Idec Corporation's SE2L safety laser scanner is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs, forklifts, robots, and other items of moving equipment found in industrial facilities. The master/slave functionality allows one SE2L scanner to act as master and communicate with up to three other scanners. The safety controller only needs to communicate with the master, reducing the required number of input and communication channels on the controller. Dual zone protection allows one SE2L scanner to scan two adjacent zones simultaneously and independently, performing the work of two scanners for the cost of one. A common application is providing dual light curtain protection for two robots mounted side by side.
The scanner also provides a standard 270-deg arc of protection at a distance up to 20 m, and this protection area can be configured into any pattern using either free programming software provided with the scanner, or with the scanner’s teach mode. The software provides drop-and-drag functionality to configure the protection area into any pattern within its 270-deg arc of protection. The teach mode scans obstructions in its standard 270-deg arc of protection to produce a pattern. Up to 32 patterns can be stored in the scanner, and different patterns can be selected and applied on the fly by sending commands to the scanner through the Ethernet port, or by configuring the encoder input to react to changes in speed.
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