Safety 2. Part Names and Functions
2.2 Safety Features
The robot control system supports safety features described below. However, it is
recommended to strictly follow the proper usage of the robot system by thoroughly
reading the attached manuals before using the system. Failure to read and understand the
proper usage of the safety functions is highly dangerous.
Among the following safety features, the Emergency Stop Switch and Safety Door Input
are particularly important. Make sure that these and other features function properly
before operating the robot system.
For details, refer to Setup & Operation 9. EMERGENCY.
Emergency Stop Switch
The EMERGENCY connector on the Controller has expansion Emergency Stop input
terminals used for connecting the Emergency Stop switches.
Pressing any Emergency Stop switch can shut off the motor power immediately and the
robot system will enter the Emergency Stop condition.
Stop category of Emergency Stop input: Category 0 (refer to Safety Standard IEC60204-1)
Safety Door Input
In order to activate this feature, make sure that the Safety Door Input switch is connected
to the EMERGENCY connector at the Controller.
When the safety door is opened, normally the Manipulator immediately stops the current
operation, and the status of Manipulator power is operation-prohibited until the safety door
is closed and the latched condition is released. In order to execute the Manipulator
operation while the safety door is open, you must change the mode selector key switch on
the Teach Pendant to the "Teach" mode. Manipulator operation is available only when
the enable switch is on. In this case, the Manipulator is operated in low power status.
Stop category of Safety door input: Category 1 (refer to Safety Standard IEC60204-1)
Low Power Mode
The motor power is reduced in this mode.
Executing a power status change instruction will change to the restricted (low power)
status regardless of conditions of the safety door or operation mode. The restricted (low
power) status ensures the safety of the operator and reduces the possibility of peripheral
equipment destruction or damage caused by careless operation.
The dynamic brake circuit includes relays that short the motor armatures. The dynamic
brake circuit is activated when there is an Emergency Stop input or when any of the
following errors is detected: encoder cable disconnection, motor overload, irregular motor
torque, motor speed error, servo error (positioning or speed overflow), irregular CPU,
memory check-sum error and overheat condition inside the Motor Driver Module.
The dynamic brake circuit is activated when the system detects the overload status of the
Irregular Torque (out-of-control manipulator) Detection
The dynamic brake circuit is activated when irregular motor torque (motor output) is
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