EC: miniTwin Safety Light Curtain

Safety sensor: SICK miniTwin Safety Light Curtain. The miniTwin is the world's smallest safety light curtain that provides end-to-end coverage for point-of-operation protection. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Honorable Mention.


miniTwin Safety Light Curtain — The miniTwin is the world's smallest safety light curtain that provides end-to-end coverage for point-of-operation protection. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) nominee.The miniTwin from Sick is the world's smallest safety light curtain. And, unlike any other light curtain offered by Sick, the miniTwin provides end-to-end protective coverage along the entire length of the stick - no dead zones! Two or three sets of miniTwin sticks can be cascaded together and wedged right next to each other without loss of resolution. This allows the light curtains to be mounted closer to the machine, increasing productivity. Plus, no longer will users need to stock senders and receivers. Thanks to Sick's patented twin-stick design, the miniTwin can solve new applications. With a cross section of 15 mm x 32 mm, it is by far the smallest safety light curtain that does not require a third box for evaluation. Additional features:  Installation has never been easier: Five alignment LEDs for fast installation; Rotatable system plug connection for ease of cable runs; Automatic beam coding in cascade applications reduces setup time; Downtime is minimized with the help of the bright LED display on the front of the sticks; Coded error messages for wiring and system faults; Safety output status indicator lights extending the length of the stick; and Indicates if EDM or Reset is configured on each stick.  

Safety light curtains have been around for nearly 60 years. The miniTwin provides new innovations for this mature product category. The miniTwin's small profile has allowed customers to build safety into their machines (literally into the framework) and protect small openings that were difficult or impossible to guard with light curtains in the past. With no dead zone and rapid cascade response times, customers can increase productivity without sacrificing employee safety. The miniTwin provides lower inventory cost, ease of installation, and flexible cable/mounting options for overall ease of use.


For more, see

No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Commissioning lighting control systems; 2016 Commissioning Giants; Design high-efficiency hot water systems for hospitals; Evaluating condensation and condensate
Solving HVAC challenges; Thermal comfort criteria; Liquid-immersion cooling; Specifying VRF systems; 2016 Product of the Year winners
MEP Giants; MEP Annual Report; Mergers and acquisitions; Passive, active fire protection; LED retrofits; HVAC energy efficiency
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing Arc Flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
click me