• KSEC Intelligent Technology, China: Open control solution facilitates system-spanning communication

    KSEC Intelligent Technology, China: Open control solution facilitates system-spanning communication

    In a new automated testing and high-bay warehouse for Kunming Shipbuilding Equipment, specialist KSEC Intelligent Technology managed to increase system efficiency and meet the requirements for intelligent manufacturing. Using the open and compact control technology from Beckhoff as a foundation contributed greatly to this success.
  • DR Laser Technology, China: Upgraded motion control doubles throughput in laser ablation process

    DR Laser Technology, China: Upgraded motion control doubles throughput in laser ablation process

    DR Laser Technology focuses on the application of laser systems and technologies for solar cell production. Using PC-based control and EtherCAT instead of dedicated motion control modules, the company has more than doubled the production throughput rate by upgrading and simplifying the control structure of laser ablation machines.
  • OST, Switzerland: Machine learning enables reliable real-time quality inspections in manufacturing

    OST, Switzerland: Machine learning enables reliable real-time quality inspections in manufacturing

    In order to determine the enclosing quality of the associated metallic sleeve from existing machine data in real-time during anchor bolt production, a corresponding development project was conducted at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST). Machine learning with TwinCAT Machine Learning software from Beckhoff has proven to be a suitable solution.
  • Seebühne Bregenz, Austria: Breathtaking spectacle requires complex drive technology

    Seebühne Bregenz, Austria: Breathtaking spectacle requires complex drive technology

    The Bregenz Festival on Lake Constance proved once again with an enthralling stage spectacle that audiences still love great opera, even in the 21st century. An oversized clown figure – a kind of alter ego of Rigoletto – functions as the stage. To handle its complex movements, the Bregenz Festival depends on control technology from Beckhoff.
  • POV, USA: Redesign enhances functionality, simplifies wiring and reduces costs

    POV, USA: Redesign enhances functionality, simplifies wiring and reduces costs

    When Pensar Otra Vez (POV) was asked to develop a machine for final PCB testing at elevated temperatures for an automotive supplier, the company had already gained experience with similar systems. Nevertheless, a redesign of the control technology with Beckhoff yielded major improvements. In addition, the PC-based control technology simplified data acquisition and analysis for the end customer's energy management.
  • Trumpf, USA: Open and highly adaptable automation helps optimize concept of 3D laser cutting systems

    Trumpf, USA: Open and highly adaptable automation helps optimize concept of 3D laser cutting systems

    As the pioneer in 3D laser processing technology, Trumpf offers complete machines and systems with optimally coordinated components in addition to beam sources and beam components. The advanced TruLaser Cell series machines utilize Industrial PC technology and EtherCAT I/O components from Beckhoff. The current, second-generation TruLaser Cell 8030 combines maximum production reliability and productivity for 3D laser cutting.
  • EMAG, Germany: Customized IPC technology powers Industrie 4.0-capable operating and networking concept

    EMAG, Germany: Customized IPC technology powers Industrie 4.0-capable operating and networking concept

    Together with the new EDNA operating and networking concept, the EMAG machine tools now enable significantly more transparent and efficient processes. EDNA is a modular software ecosystem consisting of interconnected software and machine components. In an interview with PC Control magazine, Rainer Seitz, Head of Software Development & IoT, explains the specific advantages of the system as a whole, along with the customized CP3921 Control Panel and the C6030 ultra-compact Industrial PC from Beckhoff.
  • SALZBRENNER media and WDR, Germany: PC-based control of 1D/3D microphone winches

    SALZBRENNER media and WDR, Germany: PC-based control of 1D/3D microphone winches

    For the development of its 1D and 3D microphone winches, SALZBRENNER media selected Beckhoff as its control supplier. Using TwinCAT 3 software and Embedded PCs, the company built a space- and cost-saving control solution for the PLC, drive and safety components.
  • ESO, Germany and Chile: High-precision telescope observes a star dancing around a supermassive black hole

    ESO, Germany and Chile: High-precision telescope observes a star dancing around a supermassive black hole

    Observations made with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) revealed for the first time in 2020 that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way moves just as predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. This long-sought-after result was made possible by high-precision measurements, in which PC-based control technology from Beckhoff played a key role as it has with other experiments.
  • Nel Hydrogen, Denmark: PPC-based control for environmentally friendly hydrogen filling stations

    Nel Hydrogen, Denmark: PPC-based control for environmentally friendly hydrogen filling stations

    With its hydrogen production concepts, Nel aims to make a key contribution to environmentally friendly mobility. Nel Hydrogen develops fueling stations and dispensers for cars, buses, and trucks. Fast, real time control and monitoring of every single station component is crucial for securing high reliability and low maintenance. The sophisticated software solutions are based on Beckhoff technologies.
  • Quadient, Netherlands: Right sized packaging to boost sustainability

    Quadient, Netherlands: Right sized packaging to boost sustainability

    E-commerce has recently experienced an enormous rise in acceptance and success. At the same time, consumers increasingly value sustainability and avoiding the use of unnecessary packaging material. To address these trends Quadient, in Drachten, the Netherlands, developed a new packaging machine for the flexible, sustainable and cost-effective production of customized corrugated cardboard packaging. This system utilizes PC-based control, EtherCAT communication and drive technology from Beckhoff.
  • Vintecc, Belgium, and Vandewiele, Sweden: Integrated simulation model produces twist-free ribbon yarn through reliable feeding technology

    Vintecc, Belgium, and Vandewiele, Sweden: Integrated simulation model produces twist-free ribbon yarn through reliable feeding technology

    The Zero Twist Feeder textile feeder from Vandewiele Sweden delivers ribbon yarn to looms without any twisting. The basis for this is an extensive simulation model from Vintecc, which has been deeply integrated into the Beckhoff control software via the TwinCAT 3 Target for Simulink®. In this way, the bobbin speed can be precisely synchronized with the gripper movement.
  • Beckhoff China: 20 years of successful company history

    Beckhoff China: 20 years of successful company history

    With a first sales office established in Beijing in 2001, Beckhoff started to build up its local presence in China. In this interview, Managing Director Xingkai Ma describes the successful path from these beginnings to the development of an independent subsidiary that is currently serving the Chinese market with approximately 280 employees and 26 technical and sales offices distributed across the country.