Safety Liquid Leak Sensor [Control Category 4 PLe SIL3] SQ4

Two-stage detection × Safety certification

CE Marking TUV SUD cTUVus Certificate Korean S Mark

UL , CE , CSA , TUV , Korean S Mark Approved
UL, CSA : Certified by TÜV SÜD America Inc. (NRTL)

SEMI-S2 PLe SIL3
*The control category differs depending on the configuration and wiring of the external circuit.

Features

Improved productivity! Two-stage detection

Improved productivity! Two-stage detection

Lights up at incipient liquid leak detection (and at abnormal leak detection)
[Use as a warning]
Report the occurrence of an incipient liquid leak to the production supervisor and perform equipment maintenance after removing any work in progress.

Use as a warning
[Ensure productivity]
By quickly detecting even small liquid leaks (incipient leaks), personnel can perform preventive maintenance or plan maintenance, thereby reducing both downtime and damage to work in progress.

Lights up at abnormal liquid leak detection
[Emergency stop]

Emergency stop
[Ensure safety]
In the event of a high-volume liquid leak (an abnormal liquid leak), the target equipment is stopped immediately to ensure safety.

Two-stage detection addresses both incipient liquid leaks (by generating a warning) and abnormal liquid leaks (by initiating an emergency stop).

On the bottom of the sensor are two detection units, one located at the front and one at the center. If a liquid leak occurs in front of the sensor, the front detection unit will detect even a small incipient leak. When the leak increases in volume and reaches the center of the sensor, it will be detected as an abnormal leak.
While previous implementations of two-stage liquid leak detection have relied on two separate sensors installed at different heights, the SQ4 delivers the same full-featured detection capability in a single sensor unit.

Two-stage detection addresses both incipient liquid leaks (by generating a warning) and abnormal liquid leaks (by initiating an emergency stop).

[First stage]
Incipient liquid leak detection
The principle of capillary action is applied to allow detection of even small leaks.

First stage

[Second stage]
Abnormal liquid leak detection

Second stage

[How it works]
In the absence of a leak, the receiver is able to detect the light from the emitter. When a leak occurs, the light is diffused by the liquid.

How it works

The SQ4 can also detect human error (improper installation).

In addition to detecting liquid leaks, the SQ4 can detect both human error (such as a failure to install the sensor) and sensor malfunctions. If the sensor itself or the sensor and its mounting bracket have become dislodged, have been improperly installed, or are suffering from a broken cable connection, light from the emitter will not reach the receiver, causing the device to generate the same output as if a liquid leak had occurred.

The SQ4 can also detect human error (improper installation).
Knurling on the sides of the sensor head makes it easy to grip.

When conditions are normal
Sensor light from the emitter is able to reach the receiver.

When conditions are normal

When the sensor has been installed improperly

When the sensor has been installed improperly

The SQ4 can also be used alone.

The SQ4 can also be used without a controller, allowing the benefits of two-stage detection to be added to existing equipment by augmenting or replacing existing detection systems.

Acquire safety certification.
The SQ4 delivers safety performance of the highest caliber.

The SQ4 system is designed to fulfill safety requirements imposed by international standards. When used in combination, the SQ4-A sensor and SQ4-C11 controller meet category 4 / PLe / SIL3 requirements under ISO 13849-1:2006, which has been updated to add probability criteria to the existing risk evaluation system (in the control category), allowing the functional safety of programmable electronic control systems and related devices to be evaluated. The sensor fulfills control category 1 / PLc / SIL1 requirements when used in a standalone configuration.
*As of October 2010; according to research by Panasonic Industrial Devices SUNX.

The SQ4 is the first device of its kind in the industry* to earn safety certification, demonstrating that it delivers safety performance of the highest caliber.

Dual CPUs deliver an advanced level of safety control.

The controller's two independent CPUs mutually check the unit's operating state, and redundant signal processing and output circuits ensure safety.
Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)* further increases operational safety.

Dual CPUs deliver an advanced level of safety control.
* FMEA comprises a systematic method for analyzing latent failures and defects so that they can be prevented from manifesting themselves.
ISO 13849-1: 2006

Reduce wiring and lower costs by daisy-chaining controllers and other safety equipment.

The controller's safety input function can be used to connect wiring used to daisy-chain controllers together as well as input from safety contacts (2NC) on emergency stop switches, safety door switches, and other devices. In this way, safety output can be aggregated onto a single line to reduce safety circuit wiring and lower costs.

Reduce wiring and lower costs by daisy-chaining controllers and other safety equipment.
*Systems that connect two or more safety contacts on door switches or other devices fall under control category 3.
*The response times for all connected devices are added together to obtain the system response time.

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