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Beckhoff Introduces BX Controller, Filling Low to Mid-Range Gap in Machine Control Options

February 172004
With the addition of the BX, customers can program with one open Software package, choose from over 100 different I/O signals and stock one type of I/O for all their various machine types. The BX Controller fills a gap for the low to mid range machine control. The IP20 rated BX is positioned between the IP20 rated BC and CX controllers in both price and functionality. All Beckhoff controllers use the same type of proven low cost Bus Terminal I/O modules. The complete line of Beckhoff controllers, including high end PC based systems, are programmed with the same TwinCAT IEC1131-3 PLC and Motion software. For low end machines, Beckhoff also offers the industries first IP67 micro PLC by taking the BC brains and putting it inside the Fieldbus PLC Box. The IP67 Fieldbus PLC box also includes a Profibus slave port, built-in 4 DI and 4 DO, and optional I/O expansion modules. This allows customers to directly place the PLC on their small end machine without control cabinet and connect to higher level controls using Profibus DP.

Other highlights of the BX controller include:

· Standard fieldbus port for Profibus, DeviceNet, Ethernet TCP/IP, CANopen, and RS232/RS485

· Standard RS232/RS485 port

· Built-in SSB bus for peer to peer and HMI communications

· Built-in Display with Navigation button for diagnostics, troubleshooting and configuration

· Real-Time Clock

· Multi-Tasking Capability

For additional information visit www.beckhoffautomation.com.

Beckhoff facts

Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can 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 PC’s, Automation Controllers, Operator Interface, I/O, Servo Drives, and Motors. With representation in 35 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide sales & service to its customers. Sales and service is handled directly, no intermediates involved, to provide faster response and easier communications.

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