Beckhoff introduces ELX series of EtherCAT terminals | Automation.com

Beckhoff introduces ELX series of EtherCAT terminals

Beckhoff introduces ELX series of EtherCAT terminals

May 11, 2017 – The ELX series EtherCAT Terminals from Beckhoff, with intrinsically safe inputs/outputs and compact design, enable direct connection of field devices located in hazardous areas – classified Zones 0, 1 and 2. PC-based control from Beckhoff now combines industrial automation and process technology, including all the benefits of integrated and comprehensive diagnostics from the EtherCAT system.  A broad range of explosion-proof components from Beckhoff facilitate the implementation of barrier-free solutions across hazardous areas up to Zone 0/20.

With I/O terminals that feature explosion protection, the ELX series expands the Beckhoff EtherCAT Terminal system, which already offered more than 100 different signal types. With upcoming certification in compliance with ATEX and IECEx, the ELX series meets all industry-specific guidelines for explosion protection and can be used in nearly all markets worldwide.

The combination of I/O modules and integrated safety barrier functionality results in EtherCAT Terminals for connecting intrinsically safe field devices. The I/O terminals have either 12 mm housings with up to four intrinsically safe inputs or 24 mm housings with up to eight similar inputs.

With the ELX terminals, users with explosion protection requirements can benefit from EtherCAT technology. These benefits include time stamp functionality. In addition, integrated EtherCAT diagnostics capabilities with 100 Mbit data rates enable error identification.

In addition to the ELX series EtherCAT Terminals with intrinsically safe interfaces, the Beckhoff portfolio of solutions for the process industries has grown in other areas. This includes Control Panels and Panel PCs in the new CPX series, suitable for use in Ex Zone 2/22, and TwinCAT control software with an expanded range of interfaces specific to process technology.

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