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Beckhoff Automation GmbH

Eiserstr. 5
Verl
D-33415
Germany

Telephone : +49 (5246) 963-0
Fax : +49 (5246) 963-199
Email : info@beckhoff.de
Web : www.beckhoff.de


Editorial archive;

Universal platform for both industrial and process automation tasks 22/10/2017
PC-based control from Beckhoff is now able to provide a universal platform that covers both industrial automation and process automation, through the integration of process-specific protocols and interfaces, and by offering an extended range of products for hazardous areas. Full Story...

When size matters 23/08/2017
An innovative compact control solution was specified for use on an equally innovative photochromic lense coating technology. Control Engineering Europe finds out more. Full Story...

Starting the smart factory journey 03/07/2017
Every journey starts with a single step. Suzanne Gill finds out what organisations need to do start the journey to becoming a smart factory. Full Story...

Hygienic and flexible linear-motion transport solution 08/06/2017
Beckhoff has introduced a hygienic version of its eXtended Transport System (XTS), a transport solution which sees the company’s linear motion technology driving movers around a track, independently of each other at high speeds and with high accuracy. Full Story...

DIN-rail mountable servos with integrated safety 13/12/2016
The servo terminals in the Beckhoff EtherCAT Terminal system integrate a complete servo drive to facilitate highly dynamic positioning tasks in a standard I/O terminal housing.  Full Story...

PC-based control holds the key! 16/10/2016
Making key and locking mechanisms requires the use of very high-precision production technology that needs to be able to compensate for temperature fluctuations, even of a few degrees.  Full Story...

Minimised cabling and assembly costs at the field level 19/07/2016
With EtherCAT P, Beckhoff combines ultra-fast EtherCAT communication and power supply (2 x 24 V DC/3A) in a standard four-wire Ethernet cable. It enables direct power supply for both EtherCAT P slaves and the connected sensors and actuators in such a way that separate power lines can be eliminated, considerably simplifying system cabling.  Full Story...

High precision I/Os for measurement applications 14/06/2016
With its EL3751 EtherCAT terminal, Beckhoff believes it is able to offer high-precision I/Os for measurement applications. It is said to be capable of up to 10,000 samples per second, with a measurement accuracy of ±0.01% and 24 bit resolution, even in demanding applications. Full Story...

IoT bus coupler transmits data to the cloud 03/05/2016
The EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler from Beckhoff is designed to transmit all control data simply, safely and cost-effectively to all common cloud systems in plug-and-play mode without the need for programming or a controller.  Full Story...

Integrated charting tool enables simple graphical display of signal curves 15/03/2016
The acquisition and analysis of data on machines is becoming more important. Process data needs to be clearly and graphically displayed and analysed across the entire lifecycle of a machine in the correct chronological order. Using TwinCAT 3 Scope, it is possible to display curves with a resolution up to the microsecond range Full Story...

Taking kinematics to the next level 10/06/2014
TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation, from Beckhoff, is said to enable machine manufacturers and users to control robots and their own complex kinematic constructions directly from within the TwinCAT software platform.  Full Story...

Compact I/O modules in die-cast zinc housings 20/05/2014
Beckhoff has extended the range of applications that can be served by the EtherCAT Box product line with the introduction of its ER series I/O modules.  Full Story...

Built-in multi-touch panel PCs 03/02/2014
With its range of control panels and panel PCs, Beckhoff offers a product portfolio for solving PLC, motion and HMI tasks universally, in a plant or machine, with a uniform look and feel.  Full Story...

Google Glass makes an appearance on the Beckhoff booth at SPS/IPC/Drives 03/12/2013
Beckhoff used the SPS/IPC/Drives event this year to present a futuristic vision using Google Glass as a new concept for machine operation. Full Story...

EtherCAT-based solution for the on-site measurement of compressed air 17/09/2013
Compressed air is used in nearly every area of industry – whether for driving, controlling, movement or transport. For efficient machine and plant processes, compressed air must be analysed and monitored as thoroughly as possible while being optimally integrated into the control system. Full Story...

Industry prepares for the next ‘industrial revolution’ 12/06/2013
Industry 4.0 was high on the agenda of lots of exhibitors at the Hannover Messe this year. Referred to by many as the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ the concept of Industry 4.0 is to merge the virtual world with the real world, bringing IT and production closer together. Full Story...

PC or PLC based control – take your pick 26/03/2013
Automation suppliers may never agree on whether PC or PLC-based control offers the best solution – in reality it really depends on the application and user preference. However, with most PLC-based systems now offering the same ‘openness’ as PCs, they look like they will be around for some time. Full Story...

TwinCAT 3 is available for download online 19/09/2012
TwinCAT 3 is now globally-available for download from the Beckhoff website featuring a greatly expanded toolset available via eXtended Automation (XA). Full Story...

Bringing together linear and rotary drive systems 24/07/2012
One of the highlights on the Beckhoff stand at the 2012 Hannover Fair was its new XTS drive system (eXtended Transport System). Full Story...

Ultra-fast performance with standard components 01/05/2012
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. Full Story...

Innovations from SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 31/01/2012
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the latest innovations that were introduced at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 event, which evidenced consumer technology moving into the industrial space and multi product combinations continuing to gain momentum. Full Story...

Slimmed down servo control 22/03/2011
The incredibly thin new servo controller from Beckhoff - measuring just 12mm wide - was displayed at SPS/IPS/Drives. The EL7201 servo terminal, for the Beckhoff EtherCAT Terminal system, integrates a complete servo drive for motors up to 200 W into a standard I/O terminal housing. Full Story...

Bus terminals double their packing density 02/01/2010
Miniaturisation in the field of control technology allows designers to build their machines and systems even smaller and more compact. Aiming at this goal, Beckhoff was showing an expanded line of IP20 I/O systems at SPS/IPC/Drives, with a new generation of Bus Terminals increasing the I/O packing density. Full Story...

Riding on the PC Skyrocket 10/12/2009
In its biggest move since the introduction of EtherCAT in 2003, Beckhoff announced its plans at the SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nürnberg for TwinCAT 3, an “eXtended Automation” version of its real-time machine control software introduced in 1996. The package will be ready for a Beta release at Hannover Fair 2010, and as a full product by the end of 2010. Full Story...

I/O terminals replace switches and potentiometers in control cabinets 05/07/2009
Beckhoff Automation GmbH has an idea for bringing more efficient manual operation into the switch cabinet: by incorporating the manual concept into its Bus Terminals. These four new terminals, equipped with switches and potentiometers, function as operating devices for changing process data independently of the controller. Full Story...

A Perplexing New Trend: PC-based Safety Control 05/05/2009
PC-based safety? Can it really be true? A machine safety system built on a PC? Would you trust your arms and fingers on the operation of a Windows PC? Surely this is going to make some people nervous. Full Story...

Perfect Packaging with PC Control 20/01/2009
Multivac, the packaging machinery specialists with headquarters in Wolfertschwenden, Germany, manufactures thermoformers which are considered by many in the packaging industry to be the best in the world. Full Story...