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Model CA
Cascading Safety Light Curtain
Product Overview

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Cascading safety light curtains provide the user the ability to connect additional sets of light curtains by daisy chaining multiple emitters and receivers together. The interconnecting cables are factory supplied and the user defines length. The cascading of safety light curtains provides mulitple areas of guarding in any plane (X, Y, Z), while utilizing the control reliable dual safety outputs from the Category 4 safety device for the safety outputs to the machine control. The ability to guard multiple areas on irregular shaped machines by cascading safety light curtains reduces wiring and provides a lower cost yet effective machine guarding solution.

The Model CA Cascading Safety Light Curtain is an infrared safety light curtain that is designed to the IEC 61496 standard. When properly installed, it protects the machine operator by passing an invisible infrared light beam across an area to be guarded and examining whether or not the light beam(s) are blocked. If the light beam(s) are blocked, monitored solid state outputs will open, issuing a “STOP” command to the machines normally closed (N.C.) “STOP” circuit. The CA System is composed of transmitting units (EMITTERS), and receiving unit (RECEIVERS). The entire system is control reliable Category 4 (per IEC 61496). A single fault anywhere within the Model CA will not prevent at least one of the solid state outputs from opening up, (allowing a “STOP” command) when either a beam is broken or an internal fault occurs.

Theory of operation. 
The Model CA Cascading Safety Light Curtain protects an area by projecting a curtain of infrared light. The infrared emitters and receivers face each other across the field to be protected. Each LED pair is spaced along the length of the pylons at regular intervals from .5" (12mm), up to 8" (203mm) depending on the application. The smaller spacing are for finger guarding, the larger spacing are for body protection. The emitter/receiver pairs are scanned sequentially (one at a time) by a very short pulse of infrared light starting from bottom (cable end), and working up to the end, until every beam pair has been scanned. Two 16 bit computers in the first emitter pylon and two 16 bit computers in the first receiver pylon control the operation, as well as cross check each pylon.

The System. 
The Model CA Cascading Safety Light Curtain employs infrared technology in a small sealed NEMA 4 (IP 67) aluminum housing with an infrared passing (daylight filtering) acrylic lens. This system provides harmless invisible protection and an unobstructed view of the guarded area. There are two parts to the Model CA: An Emitter pylon and a Receiver pylon. The Emitter pylon has no outputs. The Receiver pylon contains two monitored solid state 24vdc outputs. Both pylon sets are synchronized to each other electronically as they are connected together with the interconnect cables to the top and bottom of the next set of pylons.

System Safety.
The Model CA Cascading Safety Light Curtain incorporates redundant, and diverse technology that provides a backup for every system that could cause an unsafe condition.

External Device Monitoring (EDM).
A method in which the Model CA Category 4 cascading safety light curtain logic monitors the state of various external control devices. The control devices are external and not part of the Model CAlight curtain pylons. A lockout or stop signal will result if an unsafe state is detected in an external device. The External Device Monitoring (EDM) is an optional function of the Model CA safety light curtain for monitoring the status of external devices such as gate and door switches, safety switches or the main control element of the drive (MPCE). Solid state outputs are turned on separately to be checked and to assure neither output has been shorted, before fully turning on.

Design Criteria.
Designed to meet IEC 61496-1 & 2, UL 1998, UL subject 491, OSHA, ANSI, CSA, ANSI-RIA R15.06-1999

Microprocessor redundancy for both Emitter and Receiver pylons

Redundant, monitored, 24vdc solid state outputs (PNP)

Watchdogs on CPU’s and outputs prevent unintentional output during lockups.

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