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SFX programmable safety controller

The Eaton SFX programmable safety controller is an IEC 61508 safety integrity level (SIL) 2 certified controller designed for stationary and mobile embedded hydraulics system applications. With a rugged mechanical design and unique functional safety features, SFX controllers enable you to develop and certify functionally safe platforms quickly and cost efficiently.
KEY FEATURE
Partitioned safety and control application domains
CERTIFICATIONS
IEC 61508 pre-certified SIL 2
ENVIRONMENTAL RATING
IP67 & IP69K

The partitioned safety-application development environment provides greater flexibility

Unlike other embedded controllers, the SFX programmable safety controller partitions safety-control application functions through a dual-processor architecture, enabling changes to control applications without having an impact on safety function certification. Physical separation of the pre-certified safety and control application domains minimises the effort to design and integrate new features as well as the time and expense associated with safety certification.

Pre-certification and software configurability helps ease development

The SFX programmable safety controller is IEC 61508 pre-certified SIL 2 to help simplify certification of work, steering and propelling safety functions. Need customised functionality? The controller provides white space for customised safety functions that can be independently certified, while configurable I/O enables maximum machine-application flexibility. Plus, a rich library of C-API functions facilitates application software development.

Extreme durability ensures reliable performance

With an industry-proven mechanical enclosure, the SFX programmable safety controller is built to last. The controller features a best-in-class temperature rating of up to 105 °C and a market-leading environmental rating of IP67 and IP69K, giving you a wider range of machine installation options plus reliable performance in rugged applications.

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SFX programmable safety controller features

  • 12 I/O (SFX12m) or 20 I/O (SFX20m)
  • Three CAN ports
  • Compact, fully sealed and potted cast-aluminium construction
  • Deutsch connectors
  • Programmable LED status indicators
  • Pre-certified fault detection features (>95% hardware fault coverage)
  • Intelligent, programmable fault detection for all I/O
  • Independent, pre-certified computer environment for safety functions
  • Protected outputs (thermal and overcurrent)
  • Reverse polarity protection

Steering system solutions

Looking to develop a functionally safe electrohydraulic steering system or advanced steer-by-wire system? Pair the SFX programmable safety controller with Eaton’s SBX advanced steering valve plus secondary valve or orbitrol for a complete solution.

Let’s work together

Whether you’re designing a new system or retrofitting an existing machine, Eaton’s design and engineering experts and integrator partners are available for consultation and collaboration. We offer system design, analysis, build and project management services.