Impressions Sensor + Test 2015

Beckhoff at Sensor + Test

The 22nd Sensor + Test Measuring Fair in Nuremberg came to an end on May 21 2015. 548 exhibitors and 7,200 visitors from Germany and abroad congregated over three days at the industry meeting place for sensor, measurement and testing technology.

Beckhoff registered growing interest in its PC and EtherCAT-based measurement technology at this trade fair. One of the reasons for this is that EtherCAT has meanwhile become established as a fieldbus in the area of measurement technology. On one hand the real-time Ethernet protocol offers excellent cycle and synchronisation times and on the other hand a high bandwidth for demanding and data-intensive measurement technology applications.

Integration is the keyword for bringing together the worlds of automation and measurement technology. Beckhoff integrates measurement technology in the standard I/O system with a broad portfolio of EtherCAT measuring terminals. Martin Podrouschek, Product Manager Fieldbus Systems at Beckhoff, explains: "We are continuously involved in discussions with customers, where we identify a readiness to replace specific measurement devices with integrated Beckhoff technology. Our standard I/O components can often handle a significant number of measurement tasks at an excellent price/performance ratio as part of comprehensive test bench projects."

Pascal Dresselhaus, Product Manager TwinCAT at Beckhoff, adds: "Integrating measurement technology into the system network and therefore into standard machine control ultimately enables end customers to achieve a high standard of quality with attractively priced precision technology. Additional benefits are offered in the area of engineering for machine and test bench manufacturers. There is no need for complex cross-communication with subsystems. Machine states can be correlated easily with measurement results. Additional support is offered through consistent integration of TwinCAT into Microsoft Visual Studio® and convenient software products such as MATLAB®/Simulink® integration, our software oscilloscope Scope View or database integration with the TwinCAT Database Server."

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