Effective protection for lab personnel: the new safety sensors from Turck

The extensive automation of analysis and processing in laboratories leads to increased risks for lab employees. There is a particularly high risk of injury in the case of open machines such as robots if these are handled in a careless way. Turck’s new inductive safety sensors react immediately to movement and eliminate any risk.

Injuries caused by machines in medical research laboratories are an unwanted side effect of lab automation. The dangers inherent in pipetting and sampling robots, dosing and gripper systems, and agitators and presses should not be underestimated. Mechanical safety switches are one possible solution. However, they require a separate actuator, which makes them complex and time-intensive to install.

Inductive sensors with two OSSD outputs for safe switch-off

Turck’s new inductive safety sensors for position and range monitoring round off the automation specialist’s already extensive portfolio of products for ensuring the safety of people and machines. The innovative components have two OSSD (output switching signal device) outputs. They operate contactlessly and therefore do not show any signs of wear even when used intensively for long periods, as is common in laboratory processes. In addition to movement, they also detect short circuits, overload and cross-circuits, thus protecting the laboratory systems from stoppages and damage. They also test switch-off capability using self-tests. Their functional safety meets the requirements of SIL 2 (IEC 61508) and performance level d (EN ISO 13849).

A clean solution in hygiene-sensitive environments

The compact design of Turck’s new safety sensors and the wide array of accessories offer ample possibilities for installation into laboratory devices of all kinds. Thanks to their large assured switch-on distances and a temperature range from -25° to +70°C, the range of applications is virtually unlimited. The sensors comply with protection class IP67, making them ideally suited for laboratory applications.

Product and application expertise included

Bachofen has long been focused on functional and machine safety. With Bachofen, you will also benefit from specific know-how regarding the use of automation components in medical and lab settings. We are thus ideally placed to offer you expert advice and help you make safe evaluation decisions.

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Roland Fuchs

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Areas of application

  • Analysis and processing devices

  • Pipetting robots

  • Liquid handling

  • Dosing and press devices

Innovative safety technology

  • High switch-off safety thanks to two OSSD outputs

  • Compliant with standards up to SIL 2 and performance level d

  • Simple to install thanks to large mechanical tolerances

  • Large assured switch-on distance; no separate actuator required

  • Wear-free and low-maintenance

  • Protection class IP67 for high machine availability

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