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Hiperface DSL (Digital-Servo-Link)

Sick has announced that it is opening up its Hiperface DSL (Digital-Servo-Link) interface to all users. When launched six years ago, the interface made a single cable servomotor a reliable proposition for the very first time. Following the rapid adoption of One Cable Technology, Sick has decided that the interface it invented will now be available as an open protocol.

The Hiperface DSL open interface brings together all the advantages of a digital real-time interface: One Cable Technology, continuous condition monitoring and – as a result – enormous potential for improved economic efficiency.

Hiperface DSL offers every market partner – motor and drive suppliers, mechanical engineers, and end customers – both technical and economic advantages. The digital interface meets all the requirements for the condition-oriented maintenance of machines in the Industry 4.0 environment.

Hiperface DSL complies with the RS485 standard and enables reliable data transfer between drive and motor in servo drive systems via two wires that are directly integrated into the motor cable of up to 100m in length. Electric drives featuring motor feedback systems and an integrated Hiperface DSL interface have a distinctive outward appearance with just one motor connector.

Hybrid cables that combine both servo and encoder elements are becoming increasingly popular. Signals coming from other sensors that are integrated into the digital motor feedback protocol are also transferred. Special processes and the application of pulse transformers ensure that the encoder signal is decoupled from disturbances created by the motor power cable cores.

Hiperface DSL supports the functionality of the electronic type label for automatic drive configuration. Motor specifications, serial numbers and part numbers, and other data are stored here and used to adjust the drive to the motor parameters automatically and when servicing is required.

SICK (UK) LTD

SICK is a global leader in sensors and sensing systems for factory automation, logistics automation and process control. SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification in use by customers all over the world. Established for over 70 years, SICK products range from simple optical devices through to embedded intelligent systems, ready to meet the needs of Industry 4.0.

SICK sensors: At the heart of automation

SICK is one of the world’s leaders in sensors and sensing technologies for factory automation, logistics automation and process control.

SICK’s comprehensive product portfolio encompasses sensors, encoders, machinery safety, machine vision and auto-identification. The company also provides process instrumentation for gas and fluid flow and for chemical and pollutant detection.

From simple optical sensors and barcode readers to complex safety systems; from machine vision to emissions monitoring, SICK’s intelligent sensor solutions facilitate advanced automation and process control.

SICK products are designed with simplicity of installation and operation in mind. They help customers to achieve greater reliability and productivity, increased production flexibility and more efficient use of resources.

Founded in Germany more than 70 years ago, SICK employs more than 7,400 employees worldwide. The company invests heavily in research and development and is leading the way in smart sensor development to support Industry 4.0 objectives.

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