License free power

Version 11.0 is now available for the safe, configurable mini control system PNOZmulti 2 from Pilz in the associated software tool PNOZmulti Configurator. © Mushroom
Version 11.0 is now available for the safe, configurable mini control system PNOZmulti 2 from Pilz in the associated software tool PNOZmulti Configurator. © Mushroom

Version 11.0 of the safe, configurable mini control system PNOZmulti 2 from Pilz is now available in the associated software tool PNOZmulti Configurator – with new software architecture for even higher performance and licence-free for the “Basic” version. Users can also use the modular, expandable base unit PNOZ m B0.1, equipped with configurable inputs and outputs, for small to medium-sized applications.

Version 11 has a new software architecture with higher performance based on the Windows 64-bit system.

Free basis for automation

Licensing has undergone a significant change from version 11: The PNOZmulti Configurator software tool can now be used with the licence-free “Basic” scope of functions. This software can be downloaded free of charge and used in automation projects. The “Advanced” software elements remain subject to license fees.

On the graphical user interface, all elements of a safety circuit are available as function blocks for input (emergency stop, safety gate, etc.), output (relays or semiconductors or safety valves) and logic elements. The software tool thus enables complete management up to the start of production: this includes the creation of projects as well as the management of documentation and commissioning. Time and costs for project planning can thus be reduced and the costs for engineering are also lower as a consequence.

Intelligent tool support

Hardware selection takes place directly in the PNOZmulti Configurator: the software tool lists available expansion modules, displays the number of available inputs and outputs in tabular form and provides assistance if the permitted number of expansion modules is exceeded or the modules are incorrectly positioned. Users benefit from faster project planning times and cost savings because errors are reduced.
New PNOZmulti 2 projects can be created in the tool, and existing PNOZmulti 2 projects can be opened and edited: This enables users to switch to the new version quickly and easily. In addition, offline simulation simplifies and accelerates commissioning. Users save time and thus costs.

New basis for version 11

Version 11 also includes the new base unit PNOZ m B0.1, which was introduced with this version. This can be used as a standalone device or expanded modularly with a maximum of one I/O module each. Various I/O modules are available for this purpose: in addition to the existing expansion modules, the new relay output module PNOZ m EF 2DOR is also available. Thanks to the wide range of modules available on the PNOZ m B0.1, individual customer requirements can be put together as required: All safety functions can be freely configured for specific applications. This enables precise, tailor-made adaptation to a wide range of applications. Costs are only incurred for modules that are actually used, which can be reduced in this way.

Compatible succession plan

In conjunction with the new relay output module, the new base unit takes on all the specific tasks of this product family as the compatible successor to the compact controllers PNOZmulti Mini. Existing PNOZmulti-Mini projects can be easily transferred to the new base unit PNOZ m B0.1 from version 11.0. Existing link modules as well as fieldbus modules can also be used with the new basic device. This provides a compact and at the same time modular system for the safety of small and medium-sized machines, which supports users in engineering and saves costs in the process.

The Pilz Group is a global supplier of products, systems and services for automation technology. The family-owned company with headquarters in Ostfildern employs more than 2,500 people. With 42 subsidiaries and branches, Pilz creates safety for man, machine and environment worldwide. Solutions from Pilz are used in numerous sectors beyond mechanical and plant engineering, such as intralogistics, railway technology or robotics.