Banner Engineering’s In-Series Diagnostics (ISD)

Banner Engineering’s In-Series Diagnostics (ISD)

In-Series Diagnostics: Communication Protocol Enables Advanced Diagnostics

Banner Engineering just introduced a new innovation that simplifies complex safety systems and provides end-users with diagnostics to prevent and reduce machine downtime.

In-Series Diagnostics (ISD) makes it easy to access diagnostic data from devices in a safety system without special equipment or designated cabling. Users can troubleshoot machine safety systems, prevent system faults, and reduce equipment downtime.

This innovative, next generation technology is exclusive to safety devices from Banner Engineering, including SC10 Series safety controllers, SI-RF Series RFID safety switches, and E-Stop buttons. ISD compatible devices achieve the highest levels of safety (Category 4, PL e, or SIL CL 3 safety ratings).

Key Benefits

In-Series Diagnostics gives machine owners and operators greater insight into the health and performance of their equipment, making them less reliant on outside experts to solve system problems. Users can monitor the status of each device in their safety system in real-time, identify the location and nature of any potential problems, and receive alerts if a critical event does occur, so equipment can get back up and running as soon as possible.

The technology that makes In-Series Diagnostics possible is embedded in the safety devices and communicated using the same cables, connectors, adaptors, and inputs that connect the devices to the safety controller. This eliminates the time, hassle, and expense of running designated cabling between each device and the control panel in order to access diagnostic data. Users can add, move, or remove safety devices as needed and then easily error-proof the entire safety system prior to deployment.

Data is collected from up to 32 compatible devices in each In-Series Diagnostic chain. Using an HMI or similar device, users can view the status and location of each device and drill into the data to determine the unique tag value, internal temperature, voltage, and other device-level details. System alerts notify staff if a monitored door has been opened, an E-Stop button pressed, or any other critical event has occurred.


An In-Series Diagnostics safety system using SC10 safety controllers can be used to monitor a wide range of input devices. These systems are typically used to provide safe stop and start functions on machines and equipment with multiple safety devices and requiring two or more safety relays, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Assembly stations and robotics
  • Conveying lines
  • Packaging machines
  • Pharmaceutical production equipment
  • Work cells
  • Food & beverage equipment
  • Test equipment
  • Electronics & semiconductor production equipment

In-Series Diagnostics safety systems can also be used in combination with SI-RF Series safety switches and other devices to solve a number process applications, including, but not limited to:

  • Machine rotation
  • Tool identification
  • Indexing
  • Position verification

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