Designed to reduce errors, programming time, and costs associated with manual processing of control projects, Beckhoff Automation’s new TwinCAT 3 Automation Interface
automation software enables remote control of TwinCAT engineering systems and the automatic generation of programs and configurations.
Delivering multi-touch functionality and automation capability with an ARM Cortex A8 processor, the compact, fanless CP26xx series of Panel PCs from Beckhoff Automation is suitable for use in PLC and motion control of small to medium-sized machines.
The compact EP1816-3008 EtherCAT box from Beckhoff, an IP 67-rated I/O solution for measurement in harsh industrial environments, features built-in tilt monitoring in longitudinal and transverse directions.
To increase small industrial controller flexibility and connect to a wide range of industrial Ethernet systems, the new CX8093 Embedded PC from Beckhoff is equipped with a PROFINET interface and the option to integrate a virtual device.
Suitable for a wide range of PLC and motion control applications in small- and medium-sized machines, systems, or buildings, Beckhoff’s new DIN rail mounted CX9020 Embedded PC increases controller scalability, enhances user functionality and flexibility, is remarkably compact, and equipped with a powerful 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor.
Designed to provide durable energy management solutions that can withstand harsh industrial environments outside of electrical cabinets, the new EtherCAT EP9214 power distributor box from Beckhoff enables the local distribution and switching off of the power supply, providing the ability to supply up to four NEC class-2 circuits via typical M8 plug connectors.
Beckhoff’s new EP1518 EtherCAT Box provides a greater variety of distributed I/O technology, integrating numerous functions such as 32 bit fast-pulse counters, digital inputs with sensor diagnostics and adjustable filter characteristics all into one compact I/O box.
Designed for the direct connection of incremental encoders with differential inputs (RS485), Beckhoff’s EP5101 EtherCAT Box is an IP 67-rated I/O module that synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT distributed clocks, and supports I/O connectivity to a wider range of devices outside electrical cabinets.
Designed for use under harsh industrial conditions as “built-in” or mounting arm devices, Beckhoff Automation’s new CP2xxx and CP3xxx Control Panel and Panel PC series feature a modern operating concept with multi-touch technology as well as a contemporary, elegant device design.
Beckhoff Automation’s new IP 67-rated EP1908 EtherCAT Box with TwinSAFE technology provides distributed safety I/O technology in more form factors and protection levels, enabling simple and inexpensive implementation of all safety tasks--inside or out of electrical cabinets.
In order to provide more convenient interface options for machinery, Beckhoff Automation’s has new KL85xx manual operating module series mounts conveniently on the outside of control cabinet doors using a snap-in system, and features a universal fieldbus connection.
Said to be the company’s most significant software release since 1996, Beckhoff Automation’s TwinCAT 3 with eXtended Automation Technology (XAT) is a dynamic PC-based control software that comes with object-oriented IEC 61131-3 extensions.
Beckhoff Automation’s EL7201 servo terminal for the EtherCAT Terminal system integrates a complete servo drive for motors up to 200 W into a standard 12 mm I/O terminal housing, simplifying cabling and commissioning while reducing cabinet size requirements and costs.
Beckhoff’s stainless steel variants of the CP77xx and CP79xx panel series with IP 65 protection, virtually gapless housing design and flush-mounted touch screens meet strict hygiene regulations for the food and medical industries as well as for cleanrooms.
Beckhoff’s KL3681 (Bus Terminal) and EL3681 (EtherCAT Terminal) integrate digital multimeters directly into I/O nodes to provide a streamlined and low cost alternative to stand-alone digital multimeters.
The new CX9000 Embedded PC from Beckhoff Automation shrinks PC-based control technology into a compact, I/O Bus Coupler-size housing. With an entry-level price of $500, the PC offers ample computing capacity for even complex automation tasks, and includes a 100MB Ethernet connection as standard.
New KL2532 and KL2542 I/O terminals from Beckhoff Automation are a cost-effective alternative to traditional drive systems for DC motors. With a width of 12 mm, the KL2532 Bus Terminal can supply 2 24W DC motors with up to 1 A.
Beckhoff has introduced its next generation of embedded PCs, the CX1020. Offers CPU performance that is several times more powerful than that of previous CX controller models, as well as a direct connection for EtherCAT I/O Terminals.
Beckhoff Automation has expanded its C63xx compact control cabinet Industrial PC family with 2 new variants. While earlier models in this family had only 1 free PCI slot, the new C6340 and C6350 IPCs both have 3 free PCI slots, making them more flexible and capable of including a wider range of applications.
The new Beckhoff KL2531 and KL2541 stepper motion terminals are a compact and cost-effective I/O alternative to traditional stepper controls. These advanced drive technology Bus Terminals integrate a compact motion control solution for small stepper motors to 200 W, eliminating the need for remote amplifiers.
Beckhoff Automation’s range of control panels has expanded to include a powerful model with an integrated Pentium-compatible 266 MHz CPU. Uses standard operating systems such as Windows CE and XP Embedded.
The AX2500 Servodrive Series from Beckhoff is said to be flexible, especially in compact areas where space savings is essential. In its maximum configuration, AX2500 comprises 8 axes (a master module) with 7 axis modules.
Beckhoff offers its Power Distribution Box for its IP67 Fieldbus Box product. Box allows for distribution of power to several Fieldbus box I/O modules. Each Fieldbus box I/O module has 2 separate power connections located on the bottom of the module that ensure the sensitive intelligent electronics power is separated from the sensor power.
The Festo CPV IP65 valve manifold is now available as an extension module on Beckhoff USA’s popular IP67 fieldbus box I/O system. Connection with a noise-immune fiber-optic cable allows the CPV Manifold to be mixed with the wide range of the company’s network couplers and I/O.
The CX1000 Automation Control from Beckhoff USA (Minneapolis, MN) is a modular, DIN rail-mounted industrial PC with power and economy. Combines Microsoft® embedded operating systems (Windows CE.NET and Windows XP), and Beckhoff’s TwinCAT®CE PLC and motion control software in a low-cost, rugged hardware platform suitable for use in a wide range of machine tool and industrial control applications, handling up to 6 axes with the PLC program.
Against a backdrop in which open machine control technology is becoming more prevalent in packaging, Beckhoff Automation (Minneapolis, MN) is presented in a white paper from research firm ARC Advisory Group, which has its Web site at www.arcweb.com.