NexCOBOT Collaborates with Ecosystem Partners to Build the First x86 Functional Safety Robot Control Solution
NexCOBOT and its ecosystem partners, will announce the launch of a new functional safety robot control solution in Hannover Messe 2023. NexCOBOT’s PC-based robot control platform-SCB100, coupled with Synapticon’s smart servo drive and safe motion module form the next generation modularized collaborative application robot control ROBASafe solution, building the world’s first x86 SIL 2/SIL 3 robot control solution. Enhanced for IoT embedded and industrial applications, the SCB100 adopts the Intel Atom x6427FE processor and Intel Safety Island (Intel SI) with integrated functional safety capability, making it the best processor to develop a control system for robots and machines.
The process of manufacturing has become more automated than ever. With robots highly involved in production and in close contact with human counterparts, worker safety becomes a critical topic. Human robot collaborative applications need to reach safety performance up to SIL 2 according to IEC 61508 or Cat.3 PL=d according to ISO 13849-1. As the leading robot control and motion control solutions provider in Taiwan, NexCOBOT offers the ROBASafe SIL 2 / Cat. 3 robot control solution which shortens the overall development life cycle for customers and provides faster time-to-market solution. ROBASafe also delivers the performance needed to support both computing and safety-related workloads on the same board, which can help reduce hardware components in any given deployment. The SCB100 offers comprehensive safety interfaces, real-time operating system and APIs to detect hardware platform failures. NexCOBOT General Manager Jenny Shern states “NexCOBOT is committed to being your trustworthy partner in building open and modular intelligent robot control and motion control solutions. The market demand of functional safety in human robot collaborative applications is promising. It’s our pleasure to collaborate with our partners Intel, Synapticon, Fraunhofer IWU, RTS, and Sysgo to equip robot builders with the tools to build safer, high-performance robotic solutions in shorter time frames.”
Synapticon develops and produces innovative software and hardware for sophisticated motion control in robotics and advanced machinery. Featuring a circular shape and hollow shaft, SOMANET Circulo’s all-in-one servo solution is ideal for fully integrated hollow-shaft actuators that are mainly used in robot arms with zero mess cabling. With compact and efficient, high-performance, decentral servo drives, OEMs such as robot manufacturers and machine builders can utilize Synapticon’s advanced motion control technology to realize better products in less time. The optional Safe Motion Module for Circulo allows for SIL3 PL e level safe motion functions over FSoE (FailSafe over EtherCAT). Synapticon Founder & CEO Nikolai Ensslen says “ Synapticon partners with NexCOBOT to launch the collaborative application robot control ROBASafe solution. It is expected to define the future for true human robot collaboration with disruptive innovation and ALL-IN-ONE integration. NexCOBOT’s robot safety controller, as an EtherCAT slave device, connects to the SOMANET Circulo servo drives through FSoE to command precise and safe motion control.”
The ROBASafe solution also can be integrated with a dynamic 3D working area monitoring system – Dynasafe, developed by Fraunhofer IWU, the leading institute for resource-efficient production in Europe. Dynasafe is able to form safe areas through multi-angle streaming video, dynamically monitoring collaborative robot’s safety and significantly reduce the difficulty for robot manufacturers to develop functional safety function in collaborative application.