• Interview with Andreas Golf on the new series of highly dynamic servomotors

    Interview with Andreas Golf on the new series of highly dynamic servomotors

    Dynamic, durable and efficient – these are just a few appropriate words to describe the new servomotor series from Beckhoff. In an interview with Stefan Ziegler, editor-in-chief of Elektro Automation, Product Manager Andreas Golf explains some of the design details, e.g. the bearing selection and one cable technology, and describes the market response since the series introduction at the end of 2011.

  • Extension of the AM8000 motor family

    Extension of the AM8000 motor family

    Beckhoff extended its AM8000 servomotor series in the high and low power ranges. The servomotors from 0.5 to 65 Nm standstill torque with one cable technology offer high dynamics, energy efficiency and low costs.

  • New “Hygienic Design” AM8800 stainless steel servomotor series

    New “Hygienic Design” AM8800 stainless steel servomotor series

    The new AM8800 stainless steel motors complement the highly dynamic servomotors of the new Beckhoff AM8000 series. The motors feature all-round “hygienic design“ and are suitable for application in very harsh or corrosive environments. The stainless steel motor series consists of four sizes, covering most application requirements.

  • Industrial PC: Built-in Panel PCs and Control Panels in stainless steel design

    Industrial PC: Built-in Panel PCs and Control Panels in stainless steel design

    In addition to mounting arm Panel PCs and Control Panels in stainless steel design, built-in panels are now also available in a design that complies with the stringent requirements of the food, packaging and medical industries. The built-in Panel PCs of the CP62xx series and the built-in Control Panels of the CP66xx and CP69xx series are optionally available with stainless steel front and flush-mounted touch screen.

  • Interview with Roland van Mark on the new Control Panels and Panel PCs

    Interview with Roland van Mark on the new Control Panels and Panel PCs

    Almost all panel providers today use multi-touch technology and widescreen formats. Beckhoff is a leader in developing this trend, although the new panel and Panel PC generation was developed with innovative as well as conservative customers in mind. Flexibility is, of course, paramount. In an interview with Inge Hübner, Editor of Openautomation, Roland van Mark, Product & Marketing Management Industrial PCs, explains the latest product strategies.

  • Extension of the I/O product range: Stainless steel modules with IP 69K

    Extension of the I/O product range: Stainless steel modules with IP 69K

    The new Beckhoff EQxxxx EtherCAT Box series in V2A stainless steel housings meet the requirements of protection class IP 69K. As a result, these rugged and robust I/O modules are designed for use directly on machines in application areas with high hygienic standards, such as in the food, packaging, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. A wide range of digital and analog units in this new product series covers the typical I/O requirements.

  • Media converter optimized for use in EtherCAT networks

    Media converter optimized for use in EtherCAT networks

    Beckhoff continues to extend its range of infrastructure components with the EtherCAT media converter for the bidirectional conversion of optical fibre physics to copper physics. The DIN rail-mountable devices are optimized for the use in highly deterministic EtherCAT networks with extremely short cycle times.

  • Fast Hot Connect: Faster tool change increases productivity

    Fast Hot Connect: Faster tool change increases productivity

    Hot Connect is an EtherCAT characteristic for changing topologies by direct coupling or decoupling during operation. With the new EK1101-0080 EtherCAT Coupler and the EK1122-0080 EtherCAT junction with “Fast Hot Connect”, the connection time is reduced to 1 second, thus increasing productivity.

  • XFC: EtherCAT PLC with 12.5 μs cycle time

    XFC: EtherCAT PLC with 12.5 μs cycle time

    12.5 μs cycle time, continuously maintained from the PLC to the I/O signals: This is eXtreme Fast Control – XFC. With the presentation at Hannover Messe 2012, Beckhoff underlined its technological leadership in fast control technology. The components for this record-breaking system are: a high-performance CPU – a Beckhoff Industrial PC with control software to match – TwinCAT 3; ultra-fast I/O components – with 1 μs latency; and naturally the fast Industrial Ethernet system – EtherCAT.

  • Windows 8 –The Embedded Edition as “Technical Preview”

    Windows 8 –The Embedded Edition as “Technical Preview”

    “Windows Embedded Standard 8,” the embedded version of the Windows 8 operating system, has been available as a “Community Technology Preview,” also referred to as WES8-CTP, since March 2012. Initial tests indicated significant improvements in terms of integration of device drivers, access protection, branding and new touch-enabled user interface options.

  • TwinCAT HVAC library extended

    TwinCAT HVAC library extended

    With useful new software function blocks for room automation including light control, air conditioning and sun shading, Beckhoff has rounded off the functionality of its extensive software kit for system-spanning building automation. These function blocks enable planners and operators of buildings to implement energy-saving room automation.

  • BC9191-0100 for system-spanning room automation

    BC9191-0100 for system-spanning room automation

    With the new BC9191-0100 room controller, Beckhoff extends its range of compact devices for room automation toward larger application programs and simplifies communication to further units via bus systems. The controller has an integrated PLC and the sensor/actuator interfaces necessary for room automation. As a result, the BC9191-0100 can be used as an autonomous or local controller.

  • BACnet controller: scalable performance and wide range of functions

    BACnet controller: scalable performance and wide range of functions

    With the CX90xx and CX50xx device series, Beckhoff fulfils all requirements of the worldwide BACnet standard ISO 16484-5:2010 and offers scalable control platforms for the system-spanning automation of buildings. Numerous additional functions have been implemented that extend beyond the requirements for BACnet building controllers.