• TwinCAT Analytics: A constant eye on production down to the last detail

    TwinCAT Analytics: A constant eye on production down to the last detail

    When it comes to evaluating production in a manufacturing plant, an individual analysis of each piece of equipment is not enough. More often than not, the process of calculating characteristic values calls for a broader overview of the bigger picture, which is precisely where TwinCAT Analytics comes in. This tool makes it incredibly easy not only to adopt a more comprehensive approach, but also to calculate key production figures and monitor equipment as a condition monitoring system. With the corresponding engineering carried out entirely by the machine builder or system integrator, this opens up a whole new spectrum of data-based business models.
  • Automation Technology for Robotics (ATRO): The perfect robot for every application

    Automation Technology for Robotics (ATRO): The perfect robot for every application

    Beckhoff has launched a breakthrough concept for robotics applications in the form of ATRO. This exceptionally flexible, modular system allows users to put together robot kinematics that fit their application perfectly. A highlight of the system is the internal media feed for data, power and fluids, which provides endless rotation capabilities to all robot axes.
  • PS2000 power supply series: EtherCAT enabled power supplies provide transparent mains and system monitoring

    PS2000 power supply series: EtherCAT-enabled power supplies provide transparent mains and system monitoring

    The three existing PS power supply series from Beckhoff have been expanded to include new devices with a built-in EtherCAT interface within the PS2000 series. They make it easy to gather additional measurement and device data for comprehensive system monitoring, which can be used to increase availability and reduce downtime. So, for the first time, the power supplies combine compact design and high performance with predictive maintenance capabilities.
  • AL8000: Machine learning solution compensates for cogging forces in high-precision linear motion

    AL8000: Machine learning solution compensates for cogging forces in high-precision linear motion

    The highly dynamic AL8000 linear servomotors from Beckhoff now meet even higher requirements for accuracy and synchronization with the new TwinCAT Cogging Compensation software (Engineering TE5920, Runtime TF5920). This makes the linear motors particularly suitable for high-precision applications such as milling machines or laser cutting machines. The cogging compensation software makes use of machine learning, which is seamlessly integrated into TwinCAT and applied on a fully automated basis.
  • SCT5564: Universal current-sensitive ring-type current transformer according to EN/IEC 62020-1

    SCT5564: Universal current-sensitive ring-type current transformer according to EN/IEC 62020-1

    With the SCT5564 ring-type current transformer, Beckhoff offers a universal current-sensitive measurement system for AC and DC differential currents in conformance with the EN/IEC 62020-1 standard. Its use in machine monitoring ensures, among other things, increased system availability and minimized maintenance costs through the early detection of insulation faults.
  • EPX series EtherCAT I/Os combine IP67 protection rating with intrinsic safety for the first time

    EPX series EtherCAT I/Os combine IP67 protection rating with intrinsic safety for the first time

    With the new EPX module series, Beckhoff now also offers a compact option for Ex i signal acquisition from zones 0/20 and 1/21 as an addition to the wide range of EtherCAT Box modules. With robust IP67-protection, they enable direct and decentralized installation in machines and systems – even in harsh environments. This offers numerous advantages in all areas with explosion protection requirements, both in processing plants and in discrete manufacturing applications.
  • Multi-touch device series are the perfect example of how to converge automation and IT

    Multi-touch device series are the perfect example of how to converge automation and IT

    As a pioneer of PC-based automation, Beckhoff has always examined new technologies for their potential industrial application, and adapted, optimized and integrated them as appropriate. A prime example is the implementation of advanced multi-touch technology in the CP2xxx and CP3xxx series of Control Panels and Panel PCs, which have been successful on the market for the past ten years. Roland van Mark, Senior Product Manager Industrial PC, reveals interesting facts about this product anniversary in an interview.