Balluff’s new flexible mode SmartLight provides two never-before-seen applications: user defined segments and point-of-use indication. Flexible mode allows every LED segment to be controlled individually, massively increasing the process visualisation capability over existing stack lights.

“The flexible mode of the SmartLight is a game changer in two ways. Firstly, you have full control of the individual LED stages so users are no longer constrained by the number of segments that we decide someone needs,” said Russell Smith, Product Manager Industrial Networking and Safety Balluff Ltd. “Secondly, you can define segments to suit the application, using a larger element for personnel who need visual data from a distance and smaller elements for those in the work envelope. That’s never been done before. No one can do that on the market.”

Finer segment control means the lights are no longer confined only to machine status applications but also facilitates their use for process status and control visualisation to production operatives. From point-of-use applications for the operators at the machine to status indication for management on plant operations, flexible mode increases process visibility in an easily understood format both locally to the machine or process or at distance across the factory floor.

Flexible mode is available in software version 3.0 or later of Balluff’s innovative SmartLight product line.