- July 16, 2015
- Beckhoff Automation
July 16, 2015 – Beckhoff introduces ER Series EtherCAT Box I/O modules with die-cast zinc housings that provide good performance in severe environmental conditions such as the heavy-duty and automotive industries or in robotics. Utilizing die-cast zinc as the resilient housing material, the IP 67-rated I/O modules from the ER series can be used in extremely harsh industrial and process environments. Fully die-cast, they are ideally suited to applications demanding increased load capacity and durability. Typical application areas include heavy industry, such as press lines and metal foundries, as well as in automotive environments where die-cast zinc is standard, or for robotic applications that rely on resistance to weld spatter. The ER series EtherCAT Box Modules are a suitable complement to existing variants in plastic and stainless steel housings.
The ER series offer a wide I/O selection: digital inputs with various filters, digital outputs with 0.5 A output current, and “combination modules” with freely configurable digital inputs or outputs. Moreover, analog input modules for current/voltage measurement are available. Temperature measurement modules, serial interfaces, encoder inputs, and motion modules supplement the range, adding another dimension of features and functionality.
The ER series’ space-saving 30 mm modules and 60 mm wide modules are available in several channel variations. With a height of just 126 mm and a depth of 26.5 mm, the ER modules are exceptionally compact. Field devices are connected to the ER series via standard M8 or M12 connectors, and the modules provide an EtherCAT interface, a power supply connection, and M8 plugs or sockets for signal forwarding. For high-current outputs, an option exists for a 7/8” power supply and an M12 EtherCAT socket. The EtherCAT Box Modules in the die-cast zinc housing are qualified for an extended operating temperature range of -25 to +60 °C (storage temperature -40 to +85 °C).
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.