This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Ultra-fast performance with standard components

01 May 2012

eXtreme Fast Control - XFC - is a new system introduced by Beckhoff at the Hannover Fair, which promises cycle times of 12.5 µs, continuously maintained from the PLC to the I/O signals.

Components for this king system include 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 EtherCAT.

“When we first presented EtherCAT in 2003, the performance of this fieldbus ahead of the controller capability of the time. With TwinCAT 3 and the current IPC CPUs the gap is closing, although it is still not possible to foresee when we will be able to make the maximum EtherCAT data throughput fully usable for machine controllers”, said Dr. Dirk Janssen, manager of software development at Beckhoff and one of the inventors of EtherCAT. “With the 12.5 µs presentation we are showing what the system is capable of together with our EtherCAT Terminals.

“A fast fieldbus only becomes a fast control system with a capable controller and ultra-fast I/O components. And only with EtherCAT can the highest performance of the fieldbus be implemented continuously through to the I/O signals: All technologies that rely on bus couplers with a separate, local I/O bus suffer here from system-related disadvantages.”


Contact Details and Archive...

Related Articles...

Most Viewed Articles...

Additional Information...

Print this page | E-mail this page