Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries. The Beckhoff “New Automation Technology” philosophy stands for universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building automation.
The I/O signals are wired in a decentralised way to fieldbus devices or centrally to the controller. The available manufacturer-specific fieldbus devices with fixed input/output configurations and design often make it necessary to use an entire group of devices with similar functions. This costly method of signal acquisition gives rise to high material, installation, planning and documentation costs as well as high costs for subsequent modification or expansion.
The Beckhoff Fieldbus Box system is the culmination of the fieldbus concept: Robust construction allows fieldbus modules to be fitted directly to machines. Control cabinets and terminal boxes are now no longer required.
PLC and Motion Control on the PC. The Windows Control and Automation Technology. The Beckhoff TwinCAT software system turns any compatible PC into a real-time controller with a multi-PLC system, NC axis control, programming environment and operating station. TwinCAT replaces conventional PLC and NC/CNC controllers as well as operating devices.
The CX9020 is a compact, DIN rail-mountable Ethernet
control system with 1 GHz ARM Cortex™ A8 CPU. The connection for the Beckhoff
I/O systems is directly integrated into the CPU module. The unit offers
automatic bus system identification (K-bus or E-bus) and independently switches
in the corresponding mode. The CX9020 comprises the CPU with two microSD card
slots, the internal RAM and 128 kB NOVRAM as non-volatile memory. The basic
configuration also includes two switched Ethernet RJ 45 interfaces, four
USB-2.0 interfaces and a DVI-D interface. The RJ 45 interfaces are connected to
an internal switch and offer a simple option for creating a line topology
without the need for additional Ethernet switches.
The CX1000 system covers the whole range of Beckhoff control technology
both in terms of price and performance: The product range is designed
for tasks requiring the characteristics and computing capacity of
Industrial PCs, but whose budget does not stretch to full-blown
Industrial PCs. The system only uses those components that are actually
required. For example, a CX1000 can be operated in “headless” mode,
i.e. without display or keyboard; in this case, the associated
interface is not required.