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PC-based control helps KVAL door production machines
May 24, 2015

PC-based control helps KVAL door production machines

Control Engineering
KVAL used Beckhoff PC-based control, servo drives with one cable, and EtherCAT industrial Ethernet for communications to reduce the wired-to-running time of door assembly machinery from 2 to 4 days without testing for two people to less than 1 day with testing for one person.

Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control
January 26, 2015

Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control

Packaging World
PC-based control and EtherCAT Industrial Ethernet technology bring faster machine setup, a smaller controls cabinet, and other benefits to MMC Packaging.

November 25, 2014

Grinding with half of the axes

Automation World
By Fabio Massari, Kollmorgen Italy
Kollmorgen’s synchronous servomotors of the AKM series use transmit motor parameters through the EtherCAT Ethernet bus in real-time.

Lean automation offers higher product quality; less wiring, programming time
November 25, 2014

Lean automation offers higher product quality; less wiring, programming time

Control Engineering
By Shane Novacek
The Quantum Group, maker of yarns and woven fabrics, installed monofilament extrusion machine controls and temperature and pressure monitoring based on embedded PCs. EtherCAT Ethernet protocol is used for I/O, motion, safety, and other communications.

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Upside-down design and automation resolve age-old precision grinding challenges
August 25, 2014

Upside-down design and automation resolve age-old precision grinding challenges

Control Engineering
By Shane Novacek, Beckhoff
One Echo Hill Tactic 8 machine does the work of four centerless grinding machines, while improving gauging technology and keeping equipment cleaner, with advanced automation, EtherCAT communications and an inverted machine design.

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Faster Finishing
August 16, 2014

Faster Finishing

Automation World
i-Web in Avon, Mass. uses a Beckhoff Automation control system incorporating advanced servo drive technology and the high-speed motion capabilities of an EtherCAT industrial network in its web finishing systems for faster finishing and reductions in electrical cabinet space and electrical installation time.

PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction
June 02, 2014

PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction

Matrix Packaging's Metis continuous-motion machine packages cheese, coffee, and other products. Automating the Metis is a Beckhoff PC-based controls architecture, including multi-touch display technology and EtherCAT fieldbus communications.

Automation and Art: Kinetic Sculpture Relies on Synchronized Servos
September 20, 2013

Automation and Art: Kinetic Sculpture Relies on Synchronized Servos

Automation World
By David Greenfield
Kinetic Rain sculpture at Singapore’s Changi Airport uses PC-based control and EtherCAT to synchronize movement of 1,216 servo axes. The control system was built using Beckhoff Automation’s products.

Products use mechatronic design for manufacturing systems
June 15, 2013

Products use mechatronic design for manufacturing systems

Control Engineering
At Hannover Fair 2013, Beckhoff paired a delta-style pick-and-place robot system with EtherCAT, TwinCAT software, and the mechatronic XTS solution, running the automation software on one industrial PC.

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Medical Device OEM Leverages Embedded PC-based Control
June 15, 2013

Medical Device OEM Leverages Embedded PC-based Control

Automation World
Beckhoff’s embedded PC with EtherCAT is used to control IntraOp Medical’s new generation of IntraOperative Electron Radiation Therapy machines.

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Drive helps nearly double beer production capacity
June 12, 2013

Drive helps nearly double beer production capacity

Control Engineering Europe
A new beer racking plant has increased capacity at a UK-based brewery to 300 firkins (9 gallon casks) per hour. The power transmission solutions were supplied by Lenze with EtherCAT.

Web-based plant operation using PC-based automation
May 11, 2013

Web-based plant operation using PC-based automation

Industrial Ethernet Book
Aixcon PowerSystems manufactures systems used to produce longitudinal seam welding of composite pipes. They use PC controllers and high-speed EtherCAT networking for welding plants in metal working applications.

May 11, 2013

Providing Top Notch Network Support

Industrial Networking
Purvis Industries in Dallas, Texas, is a manufacturer of material handling systems. Not only do they have to use device networks like EtherCAT to control their systems, they have to be concerned about supporting the network in the field.

Wireless replacement for monorail contact wire system
March 24, 2013

Wireless replacement for monorail contact wire system

Industrial Ethernet Book
A Mercedes plant in Germany uses EtherCAT and an industrial wireless LAN instead of Profibus contact wires making the central electric monorail system in the production of dashboards to a great extent maintenance-free.

1,216 synchronous servo axes control Kinetic Rain motion
March 24, 2013

1,216 synchronous servo axes control Kinetic Rain motion

Industrial Ethernet Book
The Kinetic Rain kinetic sculpture at the Changi Airport is a perfect combination of technology and art. The visual display depends on EtherCAT motion networking to individually synchronize the movement of 1,216 rain droplets, using a two millisecond numerical control task to move rain droplets at speeds up to 1.5 meters per second.

Roll grinding made easy by control system from Omron
March 21, 2013

Roll grinding made easy by control system from Omron

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Machine Building.net
Halifax Numerical Controls is using absolute encoders, inverter drives, colour HMI, safety relay, safety locking switch, EtherCAT and a NJ301 machine controller from Omron in its RG300 roll grinder.

PC-based control and EtherCAT help reduce programming time and panel costs by 25%
March 21, 2013

PC-based control and EtherCAT help reduce programming time and panel costs by 25%

Control Engineering
Advanced Blending Solutions is a supplier of auxiliary equipment for material handling, blending, and controls. PC- and EtherCAT-based controls handle many major functions in their systems, including blending/extrusion control.

March 13, 2013

How to connect robot cells to any industrial network

What’s New in Process Technology
Svensk Industriautomation in Jönköping, Sweden, uses Anybus X-gateways in many of the robot cells they deliver to customers around the world. They connect to DeviceNet, Profibus or EtherCAT.

December 07, 2012

Advanced Blending Solutions deploys PC-based control and EtherCAT

Plastics Today, October 2012

Advanced Blending Solutions uses Beckhoff Panel PCs, TwinCAT PLC software and EtherCAT I/O in its blending and extrusion control equipment.

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December 07, 2012

PC-based Automation Enhances Food Processing Machines

Automation World, December 2012

Baader-Johnson uses Beckhoff embedded PCs, EtherCAT I/O and TwinSAFE safety systems to provide real-time monitoring and control on its food processing machines.

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October 26, 2012

Ethernet: The Ticket for High-Speed Motion Applications

Control Design, October 2012

By Jim Montague

There seem to be just as many Ethernet-based solutions as users have problems. You just have to get on the right train — and avoid the brawl in the club car. Here are some machine builders who got on, including Ethernet/IP and EtherCAT.

September 06, 2012

Expand Your Functionality

Control Design, July 2012

By Aaron Hand

Stories from various machine builders illustrate how they integrate automation, using EtherCat, PCs, PACs and PLCs.

September 06, 2012

Machine Builder Increases Throughput and Efficiency Using Embedded PC-Based Control

The ARC-11RB robotic welding system is equipped with a Beckhoff CX1010 Embedded PC. TwinCAT NC PTP software runs on the CX1010 and controls the entire machine and robot, positioning the six EtherCAT-networked servo axes.

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September 06, 2012

Saugatuck Brewing expanded beer output fourfold in two years, with help of EtherCAT

Control Engineering, August 2012

Saugatuck Brewing uses EtherCAT throughout its brewing process as the networking system with cabinet-mounted IP20-rated I/O terminals and IP67 EtherCAT I/O box modules mounted outside the cabinet in plant areas.

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August 29, 2012

Stepper Motors for Actuation on Bag-in-Box Machine

Automation World, August 2012

Pattyn Packing Lines recently introduced the Model Ceflex-21 integrated bag-in-box system, controlled by a Beckhoff Embedded PC with EtherCAT terminals. Stepper motor terminals are used to control the four stepper motors used on the machine.

June 06, 2012

Fast and precise pressure control increases quality of ceramic tiles

PC Control, April 2012

Foshan Henglitai Machinery, a manufacturer of ceramic presses in China, implemented a PC-based controller from Beckhoff in its YP4200 hydraulic press. Through the use of EtherCAT and the TwinCAT Hydraulic software library, the press is easier to adjust and produces more tiles in a higher quality than previous models.

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June 06, 2012

Not Just New, But Better Than Ever

PC Control, April 2012

OCTANT Siebdruck retrofitted their UV screen printing line with Beckhoff’s EtherCAT-based control technology in three weeks. In each printing unit, an EK1100 EtherCAT Coupler acts as a decentralized I/O station, combining all the signals that were originally wired in parallel.

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Check Weigher Serves Food Production Lines
March 09, 2012

Check Weigher Serves Food Production Lines

Automation.com, March 2012

Friesen’s increases check weigher system speed by 31% and reduces downtime by 22% using open PC- and EtherCAT-based controls

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Performance Art and Automation Converge with EtherCAT
March 09, 2012

Performance Art and Automation Converge with EtherCAT

Automation.com, March 2012

Flying by Foy specializes in sophisticated automation for performer flying effects. An EtherCAT-enabled Pegasus Automation System propels performers to soaring new heights.

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Automating the Perfect Game with E.A.R.L., the Bowling Robot
September 27, 2011

Automating the Perfect Game with E.A.R.L., the Bowling Robot

ARM Automation developed this ultra high precision, EtherCAT-enabled robot for bowling equipment testing. The United States Bowling Congress uses E.A.R.L to help uphold the game's credibility, preserve its future and enhance the bowling experience for millions.