Safety Zones Easily Programmed
16 January 2013
The Kawasaki Robotics Cubic-S is a motion monitoring intelligent safety unit which has been awarded TÜV Certification to EN ISO 13848-1 performance level d/category 3.
Cubic-S uses dual CPUs that are independent from the robot’s control CPU to monitor speed and position. Eight individual functions allow safety zones to be easily programmed without the need for difficult to adjust and maintain zone limit switches.
Monitoring functions, used with external hardware such as pressure mats or light guards, allow HMIs to be established. Typically this could allow human intervention for inspection of a component while remaining gripped by the robot still under power.
By restricting the robot’s work space to its programmed operational area, Cubic-S saves space. Additional in-cell safety equipment can also be reduced as Cubic-S functionality integrates into robot programmes to allow locations of peripheral equipment and operation to be considered.