When the controller becomes a modular control cabinet

06 December 2021

With the launch of the new MX-System, Beckhoff can now offer a flexible, space-optimised, and intelligent system solution that replaces the conventional control cabinet in a bid to revolutionise control cabinet construction and automation.

The MX-System is a uniform modular automation component that can be used to replace traditional control cabinets with modules in many applications. The system consists of an aluminium baseplate in protection class IP67 with integrated module slots that feature EtherCAT for communication and an integrated power supply (safety extra-low voltages as well as 400 V AC and 600 V DC). 

The largest expansion stage can even accommodate a connected load of 400 V AC/63 A. 

Corresponding modules are available for the mains connection and all other control cabinet functions. When it comes to connecting the field level, the modules use connection plugs that have been tried and tested in the field of automation technology. A system combination of baseplate and modules has a protection class of IP67 and can be mounted directly on the machine. The system reduces the amount of effort involved for the manufacturer, especially during the planning and installation phases, while the integrated diagnostic functions reduce the complexity for the end user. This all combines to result in a modular control cabinet system with a high protection class that can be mounted on the machine without the need for additional protective housings.

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