The automotive industry is the most important industrial sector in Germany. After years of internationalization and global boom, the industry keeps facing new challenges. Increased environmental awareness and calls for more sustainability necessitate rethinking, which is reflected in concepts for smart mobility, among other things. This is accompanied by technological change that confronts automobile manufacturers and suppliers with high cost pressure as well as constantly increasing productivity and quality demands.
PC- and EtherCAT-based automation technology from Beckhoff provides the automotive industry with solutions for optimizing all production processes. Integrating all control functions on a central PC platform ensures efficient interaction between all components as well as maximum productivity. Frictional losses or latency times, which occur when different systems communicate, are avoided. At the same time, PC-based control enables you to benefit from cost advantages by eliminating hardware and reducing installation and maintenance work. A wide range of interfaces and support for all common fieldbus systems and software protocols guarantee consistent horizontal and vertical communication, starting with the networking of individual machines in the field right up to networking at the IT level and into the cloud. EtherCAT’s high level of compatibility ensure simple integration of many different devices – even from third-party suppliers – into the control system. This gives you maximum flexibility in your machine design.