The Active Laser Guarding System with Inherent Fail Safe Technology
The Laser Jailer is an active laser safety system which combines an inherently fail-safe laser detection technique and Lasermet's proven laser interlock control system technology to create an active laser guarding system which is fail safe to Machinery Directive Standard EN13849-1.
Photograph courtesy of TEC Systems.
The enclosure above shows the Laser Jailer active guarding system built for the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry in the UK. It is an upgrade from the Laser Castle passive laser safety enclosure to include active guarding throughout. The white, Laser Jailer active panels can be seen on the inside walls of the cabin, including on the doors. The system uses Lasermet's ICS-15 interlock controller system which switches off the 20kW laser within milliseconds rendering the enclosure safe.
Photograph courtesy of TEC Systems.
The photograph above shows the active panels on the inside of the enclosure. They can also be clearly seen on the underside of the sliding roof door which provides access from above.
This photograph shows three enclosures housing a 16kW fibre laser which is distributed to three robots - one in each separate room within the enclosure. ICS-15XM Laser interlock controllers can be seen adjacent to the doors.
Close up of Lasermet's active laser guarding panels within the enclosure
The system is designed to contain a high powered laser beam in a laser enclosure which is smaller and lighter than would otherwise be necessary. It comprises of an outer passive enclosure and an inner active enclosure made up of detector tiles which are connected to Lasermet's ICS interlock system.
Lasermet's fail-safe technology isolates the laser safety input in less than 50ms. The laser machine responds to this laser termination signal and laser radiation is terminated - the actual laser termination time being dependent on the laser machine in use.
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- Active and Passive Laser Enclosures
- Lightweight modular, scalable design -
- saving life, preventing injury,
- preventing damage to infrastructure
- Retrofit to existing rooms/enclosures
- Rapid turnkey solution using proven design
- Conforms to laser safety standards EN/IEC 60825-1 and ANSI Z136.1
Active Laser Guard System has the following patents :-
- US Patent No. 8 416 820
- European Patent No. 2 592 326 CH+LI DE FR GB IE NL SE
The following patent is applied for
- Australian Patent applied for: 2012202599
Virtually any size of active laser enclosure can be accommodated from small enclosures to full, room-size laser shelters containing robot welding machines. The fully commissioned laser cabin will then act as an effective laser barrier and beam stopper to confine the laser beam within the laser protective cabin.
Active laser guarding tiles have been fitted to the walls and ceiling of the laser safety enclosure. Here a Kuka robot fitted with a 16kW IPG fiber laser head can be seen, with the fume extraction and smoke evacuation pipework also in the photograph.
Benefits of active laser detection from Lasermet
- Inherent Fail Safe Technology
- Conforms to the Design Safety requirements of EN13849-1
- Conforms to EN60825-4
- Provides maximum protection
- Proven technology
- Standard or custom designed
- Easy to maintain
- Rapid availability
- Reduces building infrastructure
This active guarding enclosure shows the active interlock controller on the external wall. The active laser tiles and the laser, with related equipment, can be seen through the open door.
Main Panel dimensions: 300 x 300 x 2mm
Half Panel dimensions: 150 x 300 x 2mm
Laser specification: Minimum beam diameter at the tile surface is 3mm.
Switching time: <50ms
Main system components:
- Active detector tiles
- Integrated tile mounting system
- Interlock system with detector module
- Illuminated laser warning sign
- Laser Arming button
- Emergency stop button
Description of the Active Laser Safety System
The active laser guard - Laser Jailer - comprises of a laser safety enclosure which is lined throughout with laser beam detector tiles. These panels, which also act as a laser shield, are connected to the Lasermet active safety control system, the laser safety interlock controller, so that if a stray laser beam impacts on one of the tiles, the interlock will isolate the laser safety input in less than 50ms. A laser warning sign on the front of the laser cabin shows if the laser is on or off. Laser Arming and Emergency Stop buttons are also installed on custom laser enclosure door.
Remote monitoring of active laser guarding systems
This schematic shows how the active safety system can be integrated with the ICS-15XM interlock system which can have the option of being monitored via the internet.
The system is certified for use in accordance with EN 60825-4.
The system is designed to conform to the requirements of BS EN ISO 13849-1:2008 and conforms to the following European Directives:
- Machinery Directive
- Low Voltage Directive
- Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive
To specify the Active Laser Guarding System you require, the following items must be addressed.
- Specification of the laser
- The intended use of the laser
- The dimensions and specification of the laser safety enclosure
A large laser enclosure may need estimated measurements for quotation purposes
- Identification of relevant safety interlocks -doors, switches, maglocks.
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Call Lasermet today if you would like to know more about the system, or if you have an application where you may need the Laser Jailer