The new EtherCAT Box combines the benefits of the highly robust Fieldbus Box modules with the top-level performance of the EtherCAT communication system. This makes the EtherCAT Box very suitable for applications located in harsh industrial environments. The EtherCAT connection is established via screened M8 screw connectors. Communication via standard Ethernet cables permits networking of the EtherCAT Box modules over distances of up to 100 m.
The Beckhoff EtherCAT Box now provides the high-performance capabilities of EtherCAT on various external points throughout a machine line and offers the basis for using Beckhoff XFC technology. Through fast I/O response times, XFC enables increased machine and system throughput, since signal delay times are significantly reduced.
The EtherCAT Box modules cover the traditional range of requirements for IP 67 I/O signals: digital inputs with different filters (3.0 ms or 10 μs), digital outputs with 0.5 or 2 A output current, analog inputs and outputs with 16 bit resolution, thermocouple and RTD inputs, and stepper motor modules. Modules with time stamp inputs are available for XFC, for example. Sensors and actuators are connected via screw-type M8 or M12 connectors as required.