- July 18, 2012
- Beckhoff Automation
July 18, 2012 - Beckhoff Automation introduced EK18xx EtherCAT Coupler series. In addition to a connection for high performance EtherCAT I/O terminals, the EK18xx series integrates EtherCAT digital I/Os into its standard coupler housing. This results in an exceptionally compact solution with dimensions of just 44 mm x 100 mm x 68 mm (W x H x D) that is especially suitable for applications that only require a small number of I/Os. This I/O coupler integrates an HD (High Density) Terminal, which offers 16 I/O connection points in a compact format. Four of these channels are reserved for the supply voltage; however, the remaining, up to 12 channels are available for digital I/Os that previously would have required the purchase of a separate I/O terminal. The 12 available channels on the EK18xx series can be configured in different I/O combinations to suit the respective application. The EK18xx coupler series combines the functionalities of the popular EK1100 EtherCAT Coupler with standard digital EtherCAT I/Os in one compact housing. Like the existing EK1100 coupler, the new EK18xx couplers can be extended into a full industrial Ethernet I/O system using all EtherCAT Terminals available from Beckhoff Automation. The following EK18xx series EtherCAT Coupler variants are available: – EK1814: 4 digital inputs / 4 digital outputs – EK1818: 8 digital inputs / 4 digital outputs – EK1828: 4 digital inputs / 8 digital outputs – EK1828-0010: 8 digital outputs Beckhoff continues on the path towards miniaturizing electronics designs and optimizing costs with the EK18xx EtherCAT Coupler series. Tailored to applications with a small number of I/O points and restrictive space conditions, the EK18xx coupler offers the user a precisely dimensioned solution to reduce the burden on already constricted control cabinets. The EtherCAT Terminal system is a modular industrial Ethernet I/O system that delivers industry-leading communication speed and precision. The EtherCAT protocol is retained completely right down to the individual terminal, assuring low microsecond-level response times. Cost-effective EtherCAT Terminals are available for all common digital and analog signal types encountered in the world of automation. Lower-level bus systems such as DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, SERCOS and others can be integrated via local master/slave terminals. 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 PCs, automation controllers, operator interface, 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.