Figure 15 shows the sequence of request and response with SafetyData and the timeouts for OPC UA Safety.
NOTE: Transmission errors are handled within the OPC UA stack (e.g. when using client/server over TCP) and do not have to be corrected or re-transmitted by OPC UA Safety.
The SafetyConsumerTimeout is the watchdog time checked in the SafetyConsumer. The watchdog is restarted whenever a new RequestSPDU is generated (transitions T14 and T26 of the SafetyConsumer). If an appropriate ResponseSPDU is received in time, and the checks for data integrity, authenticity, and timeliness are all valid, the timer will not expire before it is restarted.
Otherwise, the watchdog timer expires, and the SafetyConsumer triggers a safe reaction. To duly check its timer, the SafetyConsumer is executed cyclically, with period ConsumerCycleTime. ConsumerCycleTime is expected to be smaller than SafetyConsumerTimeout.
The ConsumerCycleTime is the maximum time for the cyclic update of the SafetyConsumer. It is the timeframe from one call of the SafetyConsumer to the next call of the SafetyConsumer. The implementation and error reaction of ConsumerCycleTime is not part of OPC UA Safety; it is vendor specific.