Beckhoff Automation: IoT bus coupler

See it at PACK EXPO International, Booth #N-6125! The EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler from Beckhoff Automation establishes a direct connection to the cloud without any special control program between Beckhoff EtherCAT I/O and the Internet of Things (IoT); as a result, the coupler enables simple and standardized integration of I/O data with cloud-based communication and data services.

IoT bus coupler
IoT bus coupler

Via an integrated web server, I/O data can be parameterized, such as in data processing and timing, through a simple configuration dialogue. No special engineering tools are needed. The EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler then autonomously transmits the data, including time stamp, to the cloud service. Apart from that, extended mechanisms are available, including local buffering of I/O data on a microSD card (2 GB) to protect against data loss when the Internet connection is interrupted. The cloud services and security functions (encryption, firewall) can be configured via the web server in the same convenient way.

All major cloud systems are supported via the IoT protocols AMQP, MQTT and OPC UA (over AMQP): Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), SAP HANA, as well as private cloud systems in company networks. The EK9160 is "Microsoft Azure Certified" and enables communication with clouds based on advanced multi-cloud capabilities.

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