I am designing a cell that has an R-30b Plus Controller. This contains a dial table with a trunnion on each side. I'd like to be able to disable one of the trunnions and the dial while the operator is loading one side of the table, and keep the other trunnion active that the robot is working on. Do I need to use a local stop to accomplish this? I was under the impression that DCS would be able to handle this, but I'm being told by my customer that I wont have individual brake control over each axis, and that I need to have a separate brake control unit to do this. I talked with Fanuc, and they weren't very helpful. They told me that the local stops are "out of the scope of the robot" and to contact my vendor about it, who I'm still waiting to hear back from. According to a doc shared with me, local stops are interfaced with the CRM97 connector on the 6-axis servo amplifier.
This just threw me in for a loop because I have worked on similar systems to this before, and I don't recall ever seeing an external brake control box on any of those cells. Does anyone here with experience on this have some input? Can I get by with this using just DCS? Or do I need DCS in conjunction with the local stop? Thank you.