Safe Torque Off (STO)

The STO function is the most common and basic drive-integrated safety function. It ensures that no torque-generating energy can continue to affect a motor and prevents unintentional start-ups.


Effect

This function is a mechanism that prevents the drive from restarting unexpectedly, in accordance with EN 60204-1, Section 5.4. The Safe Torque Off function clears the pulses of the drive. The drive is reliably torque-free. This state is monitored internally in the drive.

Applications

STO has the immediate effect that the drive cannot supply any torque-generating energy. STO can be used wherever the drive will reach a standstill in a sufficiently short time based on the load or friction or when coasting down of the drive will not have any relevance for safety.

Customer benefits

The advantage of the integrated STO safety function compared to standard safety technology using electromechanical switchgear is the elimination of separate components and the effort that would be required to wire and service them. Because of the rapid electronic switching times, the function has a shorter switching time than the electromechanical components in a conventional solution.