IDEC Safety Commander

June 29, 2021

IDEC Corp. developed the HT3P Safety Commander for users who want to incorporate modern tablets into their industrial automation systems, but also need to include hardwired emergency stop (e-stop) and enabled functionality. The Safety Commander makes it easy to hold a tablet securely in an industrial setting, for applications like machinery, robotics, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and production lines.

The Safety Commander is a hand-held device with a slider and adjustable grippers to accommodate tablets ranging from 8- to 11-inch diagonal size. A tablet mounted into the Safety Commander provides:

  • Key-locking provisions to keep the tablet secure in the device;

  • A sturdy and ergonomic hand grip and strap, for both right- and left-handed users, and an optional neck strap;

  • The ability to rotate the tablet to any vertical/portrait or horizontal/landscape orientation using a patented design;

  • One hardwired e-stop button with LED indicator;

  • One hardwired three-position enable switch;

  • A 5-meter cable;

  • USB Type-C port for tablet charging; and 

  • IP54 protection from water splashes and dirt, and drop resistance tested to 1.2 meters.

Using the Safety Commander, AGV and robotics designers can take advantage of the hold-to-run button to integrate tablets into their automation in compliance with ISO/IEC safety standards and requirements. Manufacturing and processing operations can provide the best visibility for their operators, while providing them with the flexibility to safely move about the equipment.