The NX series safety controller supports both CIP Safety and Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE). The controller is optimized to support applications in which a variety of products are manufactured and production lines frequently are modified. It includes an integrated development environment—Sysmac Studio—for accelerated safety programming. CIP Safety enables communication between nodes such as PLCs, I/O blocks, light curtains and interlock switches. It is network- and media-independent and allows safety and standard control devices to reside on a single network. Functions added to Sysmac Studio are automatic programming, safety data logging, online functional test and third-party CIP Safety device connectivity that includes industrial robots.