Press Release

11th May 2012
Beckhoff at Achema, Hall 11.1, Booth A15
Open automation technology for the process industry and innovative drive solutions for packaging machines

Beckhoff is presenting the range of performance and the flexibility of the PC-based control platform for the automation of processes from 18 to 22 June 2012 at Achema in Frankfurt, Germany. From the local acquisition of energy data to system-integrated measurement technology, for example for the measurement of temperature and pressure in laboratory automation, PC-based control from Beckhoff offers modular and flexible solutions. Beckhoff also offers the key to increasing the productivity of packaging machines, e.g. for the packaging of pharmaceuticals, with its fast control technology, which supports all communication standards. The new XTS transport system replaces classic mechanical systems by innovative mechatronics.

The new XTS drive system (eXtended Transport System) from Beckhoff offers completely new freedom for the process industry. The motor is completely integrated together with power electronics and displacement measurement. One or more movers – wireless, mobile carrier modules – can be moved highly dynamically at up to 4 m/s on an almost arbitrary and flexible path configuration. XTS thus revolutionises drive technology in a compact design and makes completely new concepts for packaging machines possible.  

PC-based control: scalable control technology with system-integrated measuring technology  

PC-based control technology offers a compact and powerful hardware platform, for example for the pumping and control room in the process industry. On account of open interfaces, communication into the process or field level is simple to realise via standardised software interfaces using a wireless or fieldbus link. TwinCAT automation software supports the common telecontrol protocols or – with OPC UA – the standardised, secure exchange of data.   Using Embedded PCs as a substitute for DCS (Distributed Control System), Beckhoff offers scalable PC technology in a miniature format for universal use: both as a decentralised controller, e.g. for the acquisition of ventilation and energy data, and in the field of measurement technology. The directly connectable Bus Terminals support the connection of all common sensors and actuators for the precise acquisition of all process parameters in the chemical or process industry, such as for temperature and pressure.   Beckhoff offers a complete control system in a stainless steel finish for areas of application with strict hygienic requirements: from the Panel PC and I/O modules with IP 69K protection to the ‘Hygienic Design’ servomotor.  

EtherCAT: redundancy and high data transmission security  

EtherCAT – the fast real-time Ethernet system – can play its technological strengths in process automation: flexible topology possibilities, the integration of subordinated bus systems and optional redundant wiring for high system availability. High-end measuring technology can be integrated directly into the standard I/O system using high-precision EtherCAT Terminals. TwinSAFE, the safety solution from Beckhoff, guarantees the secure processing of data for applications in the process industry. It allows critical process units such as gas mixers to be safely controlled.

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  • <p>Beckhoff offers a complete stainless steel control solution for areas of application with strict hygienic requirements: “Hygienic Design” Panel PCs, I/O modules and servomotors.</p>

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    Beckhoff offers a complete stainless steel control solution for areas of application with strict hygienic requirements: “Hygienic Design” Panel PCs, I/O modules and servomotors.

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