Safely-Limited Speed (SLS)

The SLS function ensures that the drive does not exceed a preset speed limit.


Effect

The drive reliably monitors the speed and activates a fault response defined by the configuration if the set speed/rpm limit is exceeded.

Applications

The SLS function is used if people are in the danger zone of a machine and their safety can only be guaranteed by reduced speed. First, therefore, the speed is reduced, then safe monitoring is activated using the SLS function so that accidental exceeding of the set speed limit is prevented. Typical examples are cases in which an operator must enter the danger zone of the machine for maintenance or setup. A typical use of SLS is a winder, in which the material is manually threaded by the operator. To prevent injury to the operator, the roller may only spin at a safe reduced speed. SLS is often also used as part of a two-stage safety concept. While a person is in a less critical zone, the SLS function is activated, and the drives are only stopped in a smaller area with higher potential risk. SLS can be used not only for operator protection, but also for machinery protection, e.g. if a maximum speed must not be exceeded.

Customer benefits

The SLS function can contribute to a significant reduction in downtime, or greatly simplify or even accelerate setup. The overall effect achieved is a higher availability of a facility. Moreover, external components such as speed monitors can be omitted.