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At the show, Beckhoff’s Vision portfolio will make its North American debut. The introduction of new cameras, lighting and lensing will enable engineers to implement image processing directly in a standard PLC environment with perfectly paired hardware. The new equipment complements the proven TwinCAT 3 software, which covers machine vision and all other areas of automation.
Booth visitors will see how vision integrated deeply into the controls architecture, along with EtherCAT communication, powers real-time reactions and greater data transparency for better quality control, traceability and more.
The latest updates to TwinCAT 3 automation software will also be on display, including the new features in Build 4026. In addition to expanding Machine Learning capabilities, Beckhoff will present a technical preview of TwinCAT Chat, which integrates ChatGPT directly into the controls environment. Now engineers can harness generative AI to automate everything from debugging and adding notes to programming function blocks from scratch. Visitors are invited to try these features out for themselves at the iconic TwinCAT programming stations.
Beckhoff will also present the latest updates in adaptive automation via the XPlanar “flying motion” system and linear XTS linear transport solution. XTS, which has revolutionized thousands of machines worldwide, will return to PACK EXPO in a washdown, IP69K-rated format: XTS Hygienic. In addition, No Cable Technology (NCT) functionality will be back, showing how to transform the XTS into an expandable multi-robot system.
Combining a complete machine-mountable platform for motion control, industrial PCs (IPCs) and EtherCAT I/O solutions, the MX-System will reappear as a sneak peek. This emerging technology for cabinet-free machine control reduces machine footprints, simplifies system assembly, slashes documentation requirements and shortens time to market.