PC and EtherCAT-based control meets increasing requirements in the metalworking industry
EMO Hanover 2013, the world’s leading trade show for metalworking, came to an end on 21 September 2013 after six days. Over 2100 exhibitors from 43 countries and around 145,000 visitors from more than 100 nations heeded the call for “Intelligence in Production”. Both exhibitors and organisers spoke of a positive trade show and an economic recovery in the machine tool industry.
Among the current trends in metalworking, apart from high dynamics and accuracy, is greater flexibility in production. Beckhoff is meeting this increasing requirement complexity with the flexibility and openness of its PC and EtherCAT-based CNC solution. PC control offers sufficient performance reserves for complex algorithms for the optimisation of machining processes, such as high-speed cutting, and beyond that for modern operating interfaces and Condition Monitoring.
“The EMO 2013 was a good trade show for us”, says CNC Product Manager Frank Saueressig in summary. “That is reflected in the increased number of visitors compared to the previous event as well as in the number of customers who exhibited machines with Beckhoff control technology. Through numerous customer acquisitions we have been able to strengthen our position in the field of classic machine tools.”