Safe Operating Stop (SOS)

With the SOS function, the stopped motor is kept in its position and monitored by a drive control.


Effect

The Safe Operating Stop function represents safe standstill monitoring. The drive control remains in operation. The motor can therefore deliver the full torque to hold the current position. The actual position is reliably monitored. In contrast to safety functions SS1 and SS2, the speed setpoint is not influenced automatically. After SOS has been activated, the higherlevel control must bring the drive to a standstill within a parameterized time and then hold the position setpoint.

Applications

SOS is an ideal solution for applications in which the machine or parts of the machine must be at a safe standstill in certain steps, but the drive must also supply a holding torque. It is ensured that despite counter torque the drive remains in its current position. In contrast to SS1 and SS2, the drive does notbrake autarchically in this case. It expects the higher-level controller to shut down the relevant axes as a coordinated group within an adjustable delay time. This can be used to prevent any damage to the machine or product.

Customer benefits

No mechanical components are necessary to keep the axis in position despite any counterforce that might appear. Due to the short switching times and the fact that the position control always remains active, setup and downtimes are reduced. Recalibration of the axis after exiting the SOS function is not necessary. The axis can immediately be moved again after deactivation of the SOS function.