The new XTS drive system (eXtended Transport System) from Beckhoff offers completely new freedom for the process industry. The motor is completely integrated together with power electronics and displacement measurement. One or more movers – wireless, mobile carrier modules – can be moved highly dynamically at up to 4 m/s on an almost arbitrary and flexible path configuration. XTS thus revolutionises drive technology in a compact design and makes completely new concepts for packaging machines possible.
PC-based control: scalable control technology with system-integrated measuring technology
PC-based control technology offers a compact and powerful hardware platform, for example for the pumping and control room in the process industry. On account of open interfaces, communication into the process or field level is simple to realise via standardised software interfaces using a wireless or fieldbus link. TwinCAT automation software supports the common telecontrol protocols or – with OPC UA – the standardised, secure exchange of data. Using Embedded PCs as a substitute for DCS (Distributed Control System), Beckhoff offers scalable PC technology in a miniature format for universal use: both as a decentralised controller, e.g. for the acquisition of ventilation and energy data, and in the field of measurement technology. The directly connectable Bus Terminals support the connection of all common sensors and actuators for the precise acquisition of all process parameters in the chemical or process industry, such as for temperature and pressure. Beckhoff offers a complete control system in a stainless steel finish for areas of application with strict hygienic requirements: from the Panel PC and I/O modules with IP 69K protection to the ‘Hygienic Design’ servomotor.
EtherCAT: redundancy and high data transmission security
EtherCAT – the fast real-time Ethernet system – can play its technological strengths in process automation: flexible topology possibilities, the integration of subordinated bus systems and optional redundant wiring for high system availability. High-end measuring technology can be integrated directly into the standard I/O system using high-precision EtherCAT Terminals. TwinSAFE, the safety solution from Beckhoff, guarantees the secure processing of data for applications in the process industry. It allows critical process units such as gas mixers to be safely controlled.