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SICK Releases All-in-One Muting Sets for Light Curtains

By Joel Davies -

SICK has released new ‘all-in-one’, plug-and-play muting systems for its deTem4 Active/Passive range of safety light curtains, providing a fast-track to improved productivity for safe entry/exit applications.

The SICK deTem4 LT Muting Active/Passive multiple light beam safety systems are supplied as complete muting sets designed for rapid mounting, connection and commissioning. Customers can choose between a ‘T’-shaped system for bidirectional muting, or a left- or right-handed ‘L’-shaped system for exit-only muting. Each set has pre-mounted and pre-aligned SICK GL6 retro-reflective muting sensors for ‘plug and play’ integration.

The SICK deTem4 A/P safety light beam systems are Type 4 devices (EN 61496), enabling compliance in applications with requirements up to PLe (EN ISO 13849) and SIL3 (EN 62061). Commissioning time is minimised thanks to automatic parameter setup, with integrated status LEDs and alignment aids. The adjustment of the muting arms is also possible if required.

“With the deTem4 LT Muting A/P systems, SICK is enabling quick and easy implementation of muting”, stated Dr Martin Kidman, Product Manager (UK & Ireland) – Safety Solutions at SICK UK Ltd. “One part number covers the complete kit of parts, which is partly pre-assembled prior to delivery.

SICK Muting sets
SICK’s new all-in-one’, plug-and-play muting systems for its deTem4 Active/Passive range of safety light curtains. Image: SICK.

“Standard M12 connectors, simple brackets with alignment aid and autoconfiguration ensure that mechanical and electrical connections are simple and cut commissioning time dramatically. The simplicity of this system ensures that muting works as it should, allowing movement of, say, palletised goods but preventing personnel from accessing hazardous areas”.

The SICK deTem4 LT Muting A/P systems can be used for safety applications in material handling or logistics applications where access protection is required with muting for the automated flow of material to safely protect operators from hazardous areas.

The SICK deTem4 LT Muting A/P systems are smart, with IO-Link connectivity to enable remote access to status and diagnostic data. Using NFC (near-field communication), diagnostic data can be viewed on a smartphone using the SICK Safety Assistant app. This means that maintenance engineers can react and accelerate fault-finding. As a result, machine downtime can be minimised, whilst plant efficiency and availability are protected. The integrated top LED status indicator is also a feature of the SICK deTem4 light curtains.

You can find more information about SICK and its muting sets on its website.

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