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25 years of the PC Control revolution – Convergence of technologies

Beckhoff Automation was established in 1980 and the first PC-based machine controller was delivered by Beckhoff just six years later. It was a ‘simple’ controller for a double miter saw, which encompassed single-axis positioning control with a few machine sequence functions. The saw was a well-known standard machine, which became a direct sales success for the machine manufacturer due to the innovative PC Control technology. The combination of IT functions and automation technology (AT) in a controller was and is still a revolution. The benefits resulting from this revolution were recognised even at the beginning and received enthusiastically by machine manufacturers and users. For example, data could be read directly into the machine controller using standard IT media (floppy disks). In 1986, this represented significant progress in productivity. more

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