Press Release

27th March 2012
Beckhoff at Light + Building 2012: Hall 11.0, Booth C56
Integrated building automation: Beckhoff extends its range of solutions
Beckhoff Building Automation: maximum energy efficiency class for new buildings and refurbishments

At Light + Building between 15 and 20 April in Frankfurt am Main, Beckhoff will present its PC- and Ethernet-based control technology for building automation applications. The focus will be on solutions for optimising energy efficiency based on integrated, software-based building control. Several innovations, such as the control cabinet operating modules for manual process data control or the multi-touch-operating panels, which extend the Beckhoff automation kit, offer users even more flexibility when it comes to realising energy-efficient building automation.

With its PC- and Ethernet-based control technology Beckhoff offers an integrated automation solution. The Beckhoff Bus Terminal system is the basis for the acquisition of all data points in the building. All building functions and function changes are realised in software. This means maximum flexibility with low engineering costs and enables functional expansion and modifications to be carried out during operation.

Beckhoff meets the requirements of energy efficiency class A

Around 40% of the world’s energy is consumed by buildings. In view of increasingly scarce resources there is an urgent need for action on the building automation front. Investors, planners and architects are encouraged to explore savings potentials and reduce consumption as well as costs through energy efficiency. With its holistic building automation concept Beckhoff already meets the requirements for energy efficiency class A stipulated in the European standard EN 15232.

The building automation library provides all key building functions in one software. All functions, including those for central heating plants, air conditioning systems, room automation, lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning and facade control are available as software function blocks. The energy efficiency classes described in EN 15232 can be implemented with the aid of TwinCAT function blocks.

The compact BC9191 room controller covers all standard room automation functions and enables individual solutions for the wide range of building automation infrastructure concepts in the price-sensitive segment. Via the integrated K-bus interface, the BC9191 can be extended modularly by the Beckhoff Bus Terminals and thus offers the user the greatest possible flexibility. 

Open control technology helps cut costs.

The integrated control solution from Beckhoff supports all common communication standards in hardware and software. In addition to Ethernet TCP/IP, Beckhoff also offers BACnet/IP, OPC UA and Modbus TCP at the automation level and DALI, DMX, EnOcean, LON, KNX/EIB, MP-Bus and Modbus RTU at the field level. Beckhoff extends its range of power measurement terminals with the new KL6781 M-Bus master terminal. Electricity, water, gas or energy meters with M-Bus interface can be integrated in the fieldbus-independent Bus Terminal system, making special hardware unnecessary.

As a further innovation Beckhoff will present the new manual control cabinet operating modules for installation in the control cabinet door. Manual operating modules enable the switching, control and monitoring of digital signals as well as the setting and reading of data and values in the event of failure of a controller. They are mounted directly in the control cabinet door and can be operated without having to open the control cabinet.

The certified BACnet/IP solution from Beckhoff is seamlessly integrated in the TwinCAT environment. The development environment was thus extended with additional functions, making implementation of BACnet/IP applications straightforward. Objects can be generated and configured directly from the PLC. Each Beckhoff PC control system can be used as a BACnet building controller. Particularly suitable are Embedded PC product lines, which directly integrate the modular I/O level.

Multi-core now on the DIN rail

The range of Beckhoff Embedded PCs was extended with two series. The new CX2000 controller generation makes high multi-core processing power available in Embedded PCs. The new CX9020 offers a compact PC controller for a wide range of applications. The multi-option interface enables integration in all common fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet systems. The CX9020 is suitable for application as a zone or floor controller.

Multi-touch functionality for display and operation of all building functions

With the multi-touch CP2000 panel series Beckhoff offers an advanced and user-friendly operating concept with multi-touch display, integrated in a modern, elegant device design. Widescreen panels in various sizes and resolutions are available in addition to the classic display sizes in 4:3 format.

Buildings as power plants in the Smart Grid

The “Smart Grid” is a key feature of the presence at Light+Building from Beckhoff. The Beckhoff controller can be adapted to future requirements of an intelligent electricity market through suitable software components and offers an integrated solution for the acquisition of energy and process data. In addition to the presentation at the Beckhoff  Booth in Hall 11.0, the Smart Grid solution is also part of the special “Buildings as power plants in the Smart Grid” exhibition in outdoor area 11, between Halls 8, 9 and 11. The special exhibition illustrates the concept of networked buildings as power plants that generate, use and store energy sustainably and are integrated in an intelligent (smart) grid.

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  • <p>The BACnet Building Controllers offer more flexibility when it comes to realising energy-efficient building automation.</p>

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    The BACnet Building Controllers offer more flexibility when it comes to realising energy-efficient building automation.

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