Beckhoff announces HART integration into TwinCAT software and I/O system

October 122017
Beckhoff announces HART integration into TwinCAT software and I/O system

October 12, 2017 – Beckhoff Automation has announced the integration of HART protocol functionality in the company’s TwinCAT automation software and I/O system hardware. In the process industries, demands are increasing for automation solutions that also reduce costs.

PC-based control from Beckhoff integrates process-specific protocols and interfaces, and by offering a range of products for hazardous areas. Full implementation of HART functionality, both in the I/O system and in the TwinCAT engineering environment, promotes simple project planning and reliable commissioning.

TwinCAT software is designed to reduce development efforts in process technology because it facilitates the application of comprehensive HART functions directly from the engineering interface. In this way, the TwinCAT FDT (Field Device Tool) container enables implementation of any field device drivers (Device Type Manager, DTM). This means that an entire HART configuration can be implemented using a single software tool.

The Beckhoff CommDTM integrates the TwinCAT platform into existing process control systems. With its help, the DTMs can be implemented in any FDT container. This applies to all field devices connected to the HART-capable EtherCAT Terminals. These devices can be configured and parameterized remotely in the known containers without requiring direct PLC access. As a result, system operation is simplified and reduced to the essentials. In addition, the Beckhoff OPC UA Server and Client enable global distribution of process data, as well as convenient system control and remote maintenance capabilities.

The EtherCAT Terminals in the ELX series are also HART-capable. With intrinsically safe inputs/outputs, they enable the direct integration of field devices installed in hazardous areas, Zones 0, 1 or 2, into the automation system.