Implementing Safety Solutions in the Age of Industry 4.0
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, whether you’re ready for it or not. Systems are becoming more complex and the use of safety over networks is more common than ever before. Implementing industrial communications networks has been common for a long time, but for many, implementing a safety concept over a network is a new venture. If a designer has always hardwired their safety, it can be quite an intimidating step to move away from this. However, going for safety over a network instead of hard-wiring may open up a whole new world of applications and opportunities, and could even reduce cost and effort.
Networks can be used to reduce wiring and increase automation. By additionally implementing safety over networks, complex applications can be realized while increasing productivity and availability with high–levels of diagnostics. Based on Ethernet/IP & CIP Safety, the SICK EFI-Pro system offers a solution that can be used with both SICK and third party Ethernet/IP enabled devices.
It offers all of the benefits of the established and future-proof industrial Ethernet technology with the benefits of SICK’s more than 75 years of experience in the field of safety solutions and a world wide service network. In addition to the quick exchange of safe and unsafe data via all levels of machine communication, optimal linking of innovative sensor solutions and the Flexi Soft safety controller is ensured. EFI-Pro is characterized by its openness, making it an essential component on the path to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Download our Guide to Implementing Safe Networking over Industrial Communication Networks (2025 downloads) to learn more about how you can bring safety solutions into Industry 4.0.