US Patent No. 10,209,699

MACHINE CONTROL PANEL


Patent No. 10,209,699
Issue Date February 19, 2019
Title Machine Control Panel
Inventorship Yuuki Kurokawa, Yamanashi (JP)
Yasushi Nomoto, Yamanashi (JP)
Assignee FANUC CORPORATION, Yamanashi (JP)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,209,699

1. A machine control panel connected to a numerical controller for controlling a machine tool and configured to operate the machine tool, comprising:a double-contact key switch provided on the machine control panel, the double-contact key switch having first and second contacts configured to be turned on when the double-contact key switch is depressed;
a first communication circuit connected to the first contact and configured to receive a signal of the double-contact key switch when the double-contact key switch is depressed;
a second communication circuit connected to the second contact, and configured to receive the signal of the double-contact key switch when the double-contact key switch is depressed;
a first transmission line connecting the first and second communication circuits, and configured to transmit the signal of the second communication circuit to the first communication circuit;
a second transmission line connecting the first communication circuit and the numerical controller, and configured to transmit the signals of the first and second communication circuits from the first communication circuit to the numerical controller;
a first input circuit and a second input circuit other than the first and second communication circuits, and configured to receive external safety-related signals of two systems from an external device other than the numerical controller; and
a first output circuit connected to the first communication circuit and a second output circuit connected to the second communication circuit,
wherein
the first and second input circuits are connected to the first and second communication circuits, respectively, to communicate the received external safety-related signals of two systems to the numerical controller via the first and second communication circuits,
the numerical controller is configured to compare the signals received from the first and second communication circuits with each other in order to comply with safety standards by monitoring integrity of a safety function, and
the first and second communication circuits are configured to receive safety-related signals of two systems from the numerical controller and then output to the outside through the first and second output circuits, respectively.