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To guarantee efficient processes in a logistics or production environment, downtimes must be prevented. We stand at the side of manufacturers as partners, developing individual safety solutions for autonomous vehicles such as automated guided vehicles (AGV) and vehicle systems (AGVS).

Thanks to years of experience in the industry, we can help you implement your projects with our competence in consultancy, along with our safety components and complete solutions.

When it comes to automating your automated guided vehicles (AGV) or vehicle systems (AGVS), rely on safety components and the complete solution comprising sensor technology, control technology and a security solution. This prevents unauthorised access to the AGVS. Of course, with our solutions you don’t have to compromise on efficiency and cost savings. If required, we can also offer you the appropriate service to ensure that your application is implemented in compliance with the standard ISO 3691-4, with CE approval directly on site. So, as manufacturer and operator, what you get from us is the all-round package for your AGVS, immediately safe & secure.

The safety laser scanner PSENscan enables safeguarding and productive area monitoring of automated guided vehicle systems. PSENscan detects objects in the vehicle’s path and provides maximum safety even at high speeds, without compromising productivity. Up to 70 protected fields enable the protected field to be adjusted dynamically when cornering or driving around obstacles. Adjustment of the protected field is performed by directly analysing the encoder inputs in the laser scanner.

The safety laser scanner PSENscan provides the distance data for localisation and navigation. The data can be used directly via the C++ Library or as ROS modules. Use it for your own SLAM algorithm (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping). Maps of the environment are thus created for navigation, allowing the AGV system to avoid obstacles, for example. You benefit from a more dynamic and therefore safe implementation of mobile applications in production environments.

The combination of safety laser scanner PSENscanmodular safety relay myPNOZ and the control and signal devices PITestop and PITsign provides a cost-optimised solution thanks to mutually compatible components. The SecurityBridge firewall ensures that no unauthorised person can access the mobile platform’s internal IT network during operation. As well as safe automation, we also have a comprehensive package of services enabling us to help you with the safe operation of automated guided vehicle systems.

The Pilz podcast series provides information about current issues concerning safety, industrial security and automation. Our experts speak on the basis of their practical experience and use application examples to illustrate how automation projects can be implemented economically. They also explain in a practical way how to deal with modified frameworks with regard to standards and directives or report on the implementation of industry-specific requirements in automation.

The new EU Machinery Regulation 2023/1230 will replace the existing Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which has been legally valid since 29 December 2009. It was published in the Official Journal on 29 June 2023 and will enter into force with legally binding effect in January 2027. Manufacturers and operators now have time to deal with the new Machinery Regulation. You can find out what changes are to be expected in the Pilz Podcast. This much can already be revealed: If you compare automation and mechanical engineering today with the requirements and technologies of 14 years ago, it becomes clear that the revision is more than sensible. Digitisation and networking, as well as the associated new topics of Industrial Security and Artificial Intelligence, have greatly changed factory floors and the machines and plants they contain.

The new edition of IEC 62061 was published in April 2021. This new edition is not just an update of the existing standard. For a start the standard is no longer limited to electrical systems but can be used for all types of technologies such as hydraulic or pneumatic systems for example.

In the podcast, Jan Franck, International Engineer in the International Services Group, provides insight into the changes of the important functional safety standard.

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