• Adwen Technology, Germany: 10 years of alpha ventus with PC-based wind turbine control

    Adwen Technology, Germany: 10 years of alpha ventus with PC-based wind turbine control

    Ten years ago, Germany entered the era of offshore wind energy generation with the inauguration of the alpha ventus project. In this interview, Bernd Zickert of Adwen Technology talks about the use of PC-based technology from Beckhoff in these systems.
  • Leine & Linde, Germany: PC-based control combined with strain sensors for monitoring rotor blades in wind turbines

    Leine & Linde, Germany: PC-based control combined with strain sensors for monitoring rotor blades in wind turbines

    A fully digital measurement chain from strain sensor to the control and management levels is a prerequisite for high-performance and integrated condition monitoring in wind turbines. Find out in this interview with Matthias Finke how this has been achieved in the case of ESR strain sensors in conjunction with PC-based control.
  • fos4X, aerodyn: PC-based retrofit control solution extends wind turbine service life

    fos4X, aerodyn: PC-based retrofit control solution extends wind turbine service life

    During the next five years, more than one-third of turbines installed in Germany, Denmark and Spain will reach the end of their intended service lives. In light of this, solutions capable of optimizing wind turbines and prolonging their useful life – like a retrofit for pitch control systems, complete with rotor blade condition monitoring, co-developed by the companies fos4X and aerodyn – offer an important way forward.
  • iZ Systems und Pactiv, USA: Egg carton production reduces energy consumption for compressed air by 45% and increases machine availability

    iZ Systems und Pactiv, USA: Egg carton production reduces energy consumption for compressed air by 45% and increases machine availability

    Using open PC- and EtherCAT-based automation technology, iZ Systems has developed a compact standard controller that enables remote monitoring and optimization of compressed air systems. This enabled food packaging manufacturer Pactiv to achieve enormous energy savings following an equipment upgrade and to secure these savings in the long term.
  • AES, USA: EtherCAT plug-in modules and compact Panel PC expand controller functionality in industrial gas applications

    AES, USA: EtherCAT plug-in modules and compact Panel PC expand controller functionality in industrial gas applications

    U.S. specialist company Applied Energy Systems (AES) has modernized its tried-and-tested controller for supplying production lines with high-purity gases to support its application in advanced Industrie 4.0 solutions. The CP6606 Panel PC and the compact EtherCAT plug-in I/O modules from the EJ series enable significantly increased device functionality while preserving the same small device dimensions.
  • RAMPF, Feldmann, Germany: TwinCAT HMI enhances operator interface for dispensing systems and robots

    RAMPF, Feldmann, Germany: TwinCAT HMI enhances operator interface for dispensing systems and robots

    RAMPF Production Systems relies extensively on hardware and software from Beckhoff in its high-performance dispensing applications. These systems have a particular focus on TwinCAT HMI, which served as the basis for developing a new, universal operator interface: It allowed the necessary customization work to be completed with relatively little effort using a combination of standard graphical controls and specially created design elements produced with the support of Feldmann media group.
  • ECOexperts, Austria: PC-based control monitors 2-kilometer road tunnel with flexible scalability

    ECOexperts, Austria: PC-based control monitors 2-kilometer road tunnel with flexible scalability

    With more than 200 Industrial PCs in operation, the example of the 2,150-meter-long Kaisermühlen Tunnel in Vienna shows that modular and finely scalable PC-based control technology from Beckhoff is the optimum automation platform in such infrastructure environments.
  • AGT Robotics, Canada: PC-based control optimizes automatic welding and cuts component costs in half

    AGT Robotics, Canada: PC-based control optimizes automatic welding and cuts component costs in half

    System integrator AGT Robotics used PC-based control to develop a robotic welding system that operates fully automatically around the clock at structural steel beam manufacturer McCombs Steel. The ability of the AGT software to interface with TwinCAT even enables automation of the weld schedule programming. Drive technology from Beckhoff contributes to the high welding quality through the precise positioning of loads weighing several tons.
  • Borncut, Denmark: Extremely fast and highly precise meat portion cutter leverages PC Control

    Borncut, Denmark: Extremely fast and highly precise meat portion cutter leverages PC Control

    Borncut has developed what they believe to be the world’s fastest and most precise portion cutter for the food industry, based on specially developed software and the open control platform from Beckhoff. Fish or poultry is divided into exact portions with knives that rotate at speeds of up to 200 km/h.
  • Aotto, China: Optimization and modernization with IPC technology increase press throughput

    Aotto, China: Optimization and modernization with IPC technology increase press throughput

    In a multi-station press line for the automotive industry, the entire product range from Beckhoff, including AM8000 servomotors, is used and efficiently networked via EtherCAT. An Industrial PC acts as the motion controller and central control system. The benefits are fail-safe operation, an optimized production process and maximum throughput.
  • Fuwai, China: PC-based building control system automates hospital network in Yunnan, China

    Fuwai, China: PC-based building control system automates hospital network in Yunnan, China

    According to China’s national Class A Level 3 standard hospitals must be equipped with energy-saving building systems and the capability to reduce the overall energy consumption. This requires the installation of comprehensive automation systems to control fans, pumps and lighting. Fuwai Hospital in Yunnan accomplished this with a sophisticated PC-based control system integrating more than 200 DDC stations.