Wieland Electric Expands samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS Safety Control Module Capabilities

    EtherNet/IP & EtherCAT support added to the programmable safety controller system, along with critical safety functions for new & existing press machinery

    Wieland Electric Inc., a leading global manufacturer of innovative electrical interconnect technology, has added six new industrial press function control blocks to its samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS family of programmable safety controllers, and integrated support for both EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT fieldbus communication protocols. The expanded capabilities of the samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS modules allow machine design engineers to seamlessly integrate peripheral devices into the automation network, and to relay control information back to these devices using one of several industrial communications protocols.

    wc1074-expanded-samospro-compact-prThe samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS module now offers six control function blocks to monitor press contacts, ensuring proper signal sequencing and timing during press operation, and to control press operation during setup, single-stroke, automatic, and cyclic modes.

    With this expansion, the samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS safety controllers can deliver cost-effective, critical safety functions for both new and existing industrial press machinery, including eccentric and hydraulic presses, while still delivering all of the critical features of the samosPRO COMPACT. These include: base units with up to 20 safe inputs and eight safe outputs, expandability up to 116 safe inputs and 56 safe outputs, integrated Ethernet ports, and free software for simulation and automatic report generation.

    “Using these predesigned press control function blocks allows machine design engineers to easily and cost-effectively add critical safety control functions to both new and existing industrial press systems,” said Martin Lalonde, application engineer at Wieland Electric. “These new function block have received TÜV certification, and are compliant with the most recent press safety standards.”

    The expansion of the samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS controller’s communication capabilities enables data exchange over a variety of common industrial networks, including EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT protocols, in addition to PROFINET and ModBus/TCP, to facilitate communication between Ethernet-based field devices in a machine or building engineering network.

    “The addition of EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT to the samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS further extends the flexibility of the controller, allowing machine design engineers to implement all of the benefits associated with a complex integrated industrial fieldbus system at lower cost,” said Martin Lalonde, application engineer at Wieland Electric. “It also maintains its significant expansion capabilities through the addition of more modules.”

    The samosPRO COMPACT-PLUS 45mm-wide base modules are designed to control the safety functions of a wide variety of industrial applications, and are compatible with Wieland Electric’s free samosPLAN5+ programming software, which provides design engineers with a simple and intuitive interface, powerful simulation tools, and effective troubleshooting and reporting functions.

    Product datasheets, specifications, and other technical information for samosPRO COMPACT programmable safety controllers can be downloaded from the Wieland website at:

    For more information about Wieland Electric’s machine safety products, call 1-800-WIELAND (1-800-943-5263), or visit the website at:

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