- July 29, 2010
- Beckhoff Automation
July 29, 2010 – To reduce time and expense from I/O wiring efforts, Beckhoff Automation introduced IP 67-rated high density EtherCAT Box modules. These feature 16 channels, a notable increase over the previous maximum of 8 channels. The moisture- and dust-resistant high density EtherCAT Box modules for mounting directly on machines significantly reduce cabling effort and the price per channel. The 16-channel variant Beckhoff EtherCAT Box modules can be integrated directly into any EtherCAT network. The high performance of EtherCAT at 100 Mbit/s is once again retained right into every IP 67 box. With an exactly double housing width of 5-in x 2.4-in x 1-in (126 x 60 x 26.5 mm), the modules offer suitable space for 16 digital inputs or outputs. The modules are fitted with rugged M8 or M12 sockets for the signal connections. Because the number of channels per EtherCAT Box is doubled, the user saves time and cost, both with the EtherCAT cabling and the power cabling. The following 16-channel EtherCAT Box I/O variants are available, in each case with optional M8 or M12 screw connectors:
- EP1809: 16-channel digital input
- EP2809: 16-channel digital output
- EP2339: 16-channel digital I/O (freely configurable)
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. Sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved to provide faster response and improved communications.