- May 04, 2010
- Beckhoff Automation
May 4, 2010 – In order to permit stepper motor control in a compact, machine-mountable device, Beckhoff Automation introduced the EP7041 EtherCAT Motion Box. Using the EP7041 stepper motor box, small EtherCAT motion applications can now be implemented directly in the field without a protective control cabinet. Ideal for harsh environments, the compact EtherCAT module in protection class IP 67 allows the connection of Beckhoff stepper motors up to 50 V DC and 5 A. An integrated incremental encoder connection on the EP7041 permits the implementation of a single servo axis with the compact IP 67 module. In its compact housing, which measures just 5-in x 1.2-in x 1-in (126 x 30 x 26.5 mm), the EP7041 contains an encoder connection, two digital inputs for limit switches and a digital output for a brake. This way, all signals from a motor are combined in one compact box. In addition to the modules designed for 5 A, there is also a 1.5 A version (EP7041-1002) for the control of lower power stepper motors. By entering just a few parameters, the EP7041 EtherCAT Box can be adapted to suit the motor and the application. A clear highlight of the stepper motor module is the 64-fold micro-stepping, which ensures a very smooth and precise motor rotation. These dynamic stepper motor modules are particularly well-suited for use in the feed axes of handling and processing machines as well as in assembly technology. Beckhoff offers a corresponding range of stepper motors with standstill torques ranging from 0.38 to 5 Nm. 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.