Beckhoff Automation Opens New North American Headquarters
April 17, 2013 ̶ After several years of rapidly growing sales and market share in North America, Beckhoff Automation LLC has relocated to Savage, Minnesota where the company has constructed a modern business complex with over 44,500 square feet in combined office and warehouse space. With global sales of over $530 million in 2012 (based off euro currency conversion), Beckhoff Automation is a leading global supplier of automation technology and has its world headquarters in Verl, Germany.
The new Savage building, fully clad in Minnesota-sourced limestone of the same variety used in the Minnesota Twins’ home of Target Field, has more than triple the available space of its previous facility in three key areas: the general office space, warehouse and repair center. The new Beckhoff warehouse measures 15,000+ square feet while the state-of-the-art the Industrial PC repair center with exceptional ESD protection is 1,660+ square feet.
“Beckhoff Automation LLC first entered the North American market back in 1999 and has averaged sales growth rates of over 20% every year,” recounted Graham Harris, President, Beckhoff Automation. “Having joined the company in 2002, I have witnessed growth from a small, ambitious and young automation subsidiary into a $50 million regional business for Beckhoff Automation GmbH. By building our own ultra-modern facility in Savage, we have set the stage to grow Beckhoff’s North American operations even further. In addition, we will continue our role in growing the position of the Minneapolis area, and particularly Savage, as a notable destination for automation and high tech industry in the U.S.”
Reduced impact on the local environment: building automation and green building design
Beckhoff’s new North American headquarters is as energy efficient as it is comfortable by leveraging Beckhoff‘s own hardware and software for advanced building automation. The building’s lighting, heating/cooling, ventilation and window facades are all automated via PC-based control to reduce energy consuption. Daylight harvesting to set light levels is a major part of the system and the external environment is used for heating/cooling whenever possible. The Beckhoff control platform easily communicates with the wide variety of devices used in today’s intelligent buildings.
For example, DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is used to connect the Beckhoff I/O system to light ballasts, MP Bus is used to connect to the variable air volume boxes, BACnet is integrated for the building’s boilers and rooftop units, SMTP is used to send maintenance personnel email alerts when needed and Ethernet TCP/IP is heavily utilized. Regarding Ethernet, Beckhoff’s new Savage office has a “triple redundant” infrastructure, with full connectivity assured via Cat 6 network cabling, fiber optic and cable media.
Beckhoff Automation is a provider of advanced and open automation solutions based upon proven technologies for customers to implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC-based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interfaces, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well-positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Beckhoff sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved for exceptional customer service and consultation.
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