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Beckhoff Automation Pte. Ltd.

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Media technology and building automation integrated into one control platform

New thinking brings about new technological demands: whereas multimedia applications, building automation and entertainment concepts were previously implemented separately, all disciplines must now interconnect intelligently. This stems from the complexity of the applications and the comfort standards now demanded in buildings of all kinds. As a platform for centralised control, PC-based control from Beckhoff provides the answer. From audio and video control to control of show effects and device management, as well as newer concepts such as condition monitoring – all disciplines are directly linked with the integrated building automation system. The advantages become immediately clear: all system information is available to the user on one platform due to the inherent continuity and flexibility provided by PC-based control. Operation is simplified, comfort levels are increased and costs can be reduced. References from all around the world validate the reliability of the control components and the expertise of Beckhoff in countless industries and applications.

Your built-in advantages for media technology:

  • economic efficiency: from investment, to implementation, to use
  • future-proof: with technologies available today for the demands of tomorrow
  • simple networking: all information is available in one universal system
  • flexibility: to respond and adapt to individual user needs
  • high availability: through broad compliance with accepted communications standards

At a glance: your benefits in media technology with PC-based control

One control platform integrates all systems of media technology and building automation

Performance level scalability, modularity, reliability and long-term availability of components make PC-based automation technology from Beckhoff the ideal toolbox to implement leading-edge media technology applications. Numerous global references are proof of this, ranging from meeting and conference applications, control centres, and building automation to entertainment technology. From audio and video control to control of show effects and device management, as well as newer concepts such as condition monitoring – all disciplines are directly linked with the integrated building automation system. The advantages become clear immediately: all system information is available to the user on one platform due to the inherent continuity and flexibility provided by PC-based control. Operation is simplified, comfort levels are increased and costs can be reduced.

At the heart of the Beckhoff control platform, robust Industrial PCs or embedded controllers using TwinCAT as the universal automation software integrate PLC, visualization, motion control, safety technology and measurement technology tasks. Beckhoff I/O systems can be used to connect the whole range of sensors and actuators. This includes devices used for daylight-dependent lighting and facade control to control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning through to show lighting, sound and projection control. EtherCAT, the real-time-enabled fieldbus system, provides the necessary communication speeds.
Through the integration of all communication protocols typically found in the areas of A/V, multimedia, building automation and show technology into the PC control platform, all devices from a wide range of manufacturers can be connected and controlled. As the system is modular throughout, its functionality can be easily extended, for example, by adding an I/O terminal that supports the required signal. The various hardware components and their functionalities are programmed and configured in uniform software using TwinCAT.

Your built-in advantages for media technology:

  • continuity: one control platform for all trades
  • openness: interfaces for all popular communication standards in the area of media, building and stage technology
  • scalability: in terms of performance, design and price
  • modularity of components: for flexible control design
  • extensive connectivity: from horizontal communication to cloud integration
  • excellent price-performance ratio

Modular: the Beckhoff I/O portfolio supports 100 signal types
Modular: the Beckhoff I/O portfolio supports 100 signal types
 Ultimately scalable: the Beckhoff control platform
Ultimately scalable: the Beckhoff control platform

Ultimately scalable, modular and flexible: the Beckhoff automation toolkit

The scalability, modularity and flexibility of all components make PC-based automation technology the ideal toolkit for the implementation of applications in media technology and the configuration of a made-to-measure control solution. All product lines in the areas of Industrial PCs, I/Os, Drive Technology and automation software are individually scalable according to application requirements. The broad portfolio of Industrial PCs, for example, ranges from the ultra-compact C6015 IPC with dimensions of only 82 x 82 x 40 mm through to a many-core computer with up to 36 processor cores.

The Beckhoff I/O portfolio supports about 100 signal types and 36 fieldbus systems, and therefore is suitable for controlling all common actuators and sensors. In combination with the modular TwinCAT automation software suite, users enjoy maximum freedom when configurating their application-specific control systems or subsequent system expansions.

Integration across all systems: for all applications
Integration across all systems: for all applications

Open by design: Beckhoff supports all communication standards

The powerful PC-based automation platform handles control, data processing, connectivity, visualization and remote maintenance. With open software and hardware interfaces, it is ideal either for centralized or decentralized control of all applications in the fields of conferences, control centers, building and entertainment technology, such as audio and video, integrated automation, digital signage as well as operation and monitoring. In addition to integrating building technology standards such as DMX, DALI, LON, KNX/EIB, BACnet, SMI, MP-Bus, M-Bus, EnOcean, RS232/RS485, Modbus and TCP/IP, system integrators also have the most popular interfaces at their disposal for integrating AV and multimedia systems. With sACN, SMPTE Timecode, Art-Net™, AES 70 (OCA), PosiStageNet and PJLink, Beckhoff speaks all the relevant languages in these industries. As a result, the most varied application areas in media, monitoring, building and show technology can be implemented on the basis of standard control components.

"Plug and Cloud" with Beckhoff IoT products

Benefit from secure and straightforward cloud connectivity

Connectivity with common cloud systems can be achieved either from the control system via the IoT communication protocols AMQP, MQTT and OPC UA, or else via the Beckhoff IoT Bus Coupler. Without the need for a specific control program, it enables the simple and standardized integration of I/O data into cloud-based communication and data services.

While TwinCAT IoT supports standard protocols such as AMQP, MQTT and OPC UA for communicating with local or public cloud systems, TwinCAT Analytics facilitates cycle-synchronous recording and analysis of process data as a basis for predictive maintenance.

A compact overview of the Beckhoff solutions for integrated media and building automation can be found in our brochure, which you can download here:

Applications

C-based control: technology for the perfect meeting.

Collaboration and conference

PC-based control: The technology for the perfect meeting

PC-based control: The reliable system for your infrastructure.

Control room

PC-based control: The reliable system for your infrastructure

PC-based control: For your smart, future-proofed building.

Building automation

PC-based control: For your smart, future-proof building

PC-based control: The system that enables your creativity.

Entertainment technology

PC-based control: The system that enables your creativity

Systems

Beckhoff control components for:  Media control Audio installation Video installation Show control

Audio and video control

Beckhoff control components for: Media control, audio installations, video installations and show control

Beckhoff control components for:  Lighting HVAC Energy measurement Facade

Integrated automation

Beckhoff control components for: Lighting, HVAC, energy measurement and facade

Beckhoff control components for:  Point of Information (PoI) Point of Sale (PoS) Device monitoring

Digital signage control

Beckhoff control components for: Point of Information (PoI), Point of Sale (PoS) and device monitoring

Beckhoff control components for:  Device management Cloud-based services Condition monitoring.

Operating and monitoring

Beckhoff control components for: Device management, cloud-based services and condition monitoring

Beckhoff technology highlights for AV and media technology

Due to the integration of all systems, from audio and video control to building automation and from digital signage control to operation and monitoring, the PC-based control platform is suitable for all fields of application of AV and media technology.
Due to the integration of all systems, from audio and video control to building automation and from digital signage control to operation and monitoring, the PC-based control platform is suitable for all fields of application of AV and media technology.

The PC-based control principle

The PC-based control technology from Beckhoff has proven itself worldwide since 1980 in the widest variety of industries and applications, from the machine controller and the automation of wind turbines to building automation and AV and media technology. What was regarded 40 years ago as an outsider position developed very quickly into a standard in the automation industry. Innovative product developments that underlined Beckhoff's PC-based control philosophy followed continuously and are regarded today as milestones in automation technology, such as the modular Bus Terminal system, the high-speed EtherCAT fieldbus or the Embedded PC. The basis for the universal usability of the Beckhoff control solution is its modularity, its scalability in terms of power and its openness towards other systems and tools.

PC-based control from Beckhoff represents a modularly constructed control solution that is fully scalable in all components and maps all automation functions in software: safety technology, measurement technology, condition monitoring and robotics are also integrated into the control platform along with sequential control, motion control and visualization. The basic principle of PC-based control is very simple: it is based on a powerful Industrial PC, a high-performance fieldbus connection with the connected peripheral devices for sensors and actuators as well as TwinCAT, the real-time-capable automation software for Motion Control and logic. The consistent use of mainstream technologies from the world of IT and their convergence to principles of automation technology have led to a continuous increase in performance and function as well as a considerable reduction in costs. The Beckhoff control platform is supplemented by an extensive portfolio of drive components.

With PC-based control, an extensive component construction kit is available to the system integrator for the automation of the various systems in the field of AV and media technology, such as audio and video control, building automation, digital signage control as well as operation and monitoring. Worldwide references from the areas of meeting and conference, control centers, building automation and entertainment technology prove that PC-based control technology is ideally suited for the implementation of technically demanding media productions.

Your advantage with PC-based control:

  • High performance for the high-precision control of processes and applications:
    • Industrial PCs with powerful processors of the latest generation
    • TwinCAT, the software for engineering and real-time control
    • EtherCAT, the high-speed fieldbus
  • Consistency: one controller for all systems of a media application
  • Openness: simple use of third-party software (audio players, C#, C++, graphic tools, etc.)
  • Use of standard components, programming standards and networks
  • Modularity: enables the extension and modification of controller functions at any time
  • Scalability: components in all performance categories and designs
  • Extensive connectivity: from the horizontal communication of the devices with one another to the cloud connection
  • High availability: due to advanced diagnostics and predictive maintenance functions
  • Beckhoff is a full system supplier with a deep understanding of technology

Beckhoff supplies the largest number of EtherCAT-compatible automation modules for both I/Os and drive technology.
Beckhoff supplies the largest number of EtherCAT-compatible automation modules for both I/Os and drive technology.

High-speed communication with EtherCAT

EtherCAT was launched by Beckhoff in 2003 and made available as an open automation technology standard. With cycle times well below 1 ms, outstanding synchronization accuracy, flexible topology selection, extensive diagnostics and simple configuration, EtherCAT is also ideal for use in AV and media technology. More than 6,000 companies worldwide have joined forces in the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG), the world's largest industrial fieldbus user organization.

Beckhoff supplies the largest number of EtherCAT-compatible automation modules for both I/Os and drive technology. Due to worldwide support for EtherCAT, a large number of EtherCAT-compatible sensors and actuators are also available on the market, ensuring a high level of investment security. The performance of EtherCAT also supports creatives and engineers in the field of AV and media technology in the realization of unique applications. For example, a customer application such as "Kinetic Rain", a dynamic art installation in which 1,216 axes are synchronized, can only be realized on the basis of EtherCAT. With EtherCAT, almost any event in a show, museum, theater or amusement park can be synchronized, which is usually not possible with dedicated "black box" hardware, as it is normally used. The development of the DMX terminal, which requires 512 bytes of process data, is also based on EtherCAT; because as of today this is not possible with any other fieldbus system.

The general advantages of EtherCAT are:

  • high speed
  • simple diagnostics
  • control of more than 65,000 devices
  • EtherCAT allows the transmission of up to 64 kbit per slave
  • perfect synchronization

The development of the XFC technology was also a prerequisite for the support of the SMPTE-Timecode standard by the Beckhoff controller.
The development of the XFC technology was also a prerequisite for the support of the SMPTE-Timecode standard by the Beckhoff controller.

High-performance for AV and media technology supports SMPTE-Timecode

The XFC (eXtreme Fast Control) technology is an extremely fast control solution based on an optimized control and communication architecture. It consists of a modern Industrial PC, ultra-fast I/O terminals with advanced real-time features, the EtherCAT high-speed Ethernet system and TwinCAT automation software. With XFC it is possible to realize I/O response times < 100 µs. Due to its speed, XFC technology is used by almost all Beckhoff customers in the entertainment industry.

The development of this fast control technology was also a prerequisite for the support of the SMPTE-Timecode standard by the Beckhoff controller. The SMPTE-Timecode is a standard defined by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) for absolute time data that are transmitted with media metadata. The SMPTE-Timecode is mainly used to synchronize the various tracks (sound/noise, language, special effects, texts, etc.) in a media production.

With around 100 signal types, users have an extensive EtherCAT I/O terminal portfolio at their disposal.
With around 100 signal types, users have an extensive EtherCAT I/O terminal portfolio at their disposal.

EtherCAT I/O terminals automate any functionality in AV and media technology

In 1995, Beckhoff launched the Bus Terminal, which has since become one of the most important technology standards in automation technology. This was followed in 2003 by the development of the EtherCAT fast communication system. Launched by Beckhoff as an open system, it became a global standard in automation within a few years. With around 100 signal types, an extensive EtherCAT I/O Terminal portfolio is available to users that is extremely well suited for automating every functionality in media applications in terms of both its performance and variance. The Bus Terminals allow a variety of simple building bus systems to be integrated into the controller, for example: KNX/EIB, DALI, M-Bus and MP-Bus. This ensures compatibility and continuity with the existing system. Existing and future investments are protected.

In contrast to the Bus Terminals, in which the fieldbus signal is converted in the Bus Coupler to the internal, fieldbus-neutral terminal bus, the EtherCAT protocol is completely preserved up to the individual terminal with EtherCAT Terminals. The EtherCAT I/Os enable DMX and SMPTE-Timecode to be integrated into the controller. EtherCAT Terminals are used in almost every application of AV and media technology.

The Beckhoff I/O system supports around 1000 Bus Terminals and is thus probably the most comprehensive system on the market. The components enable users to operate mixed signal configurations without restriction at each station. This means that a single non-central input/output node can map all the necessary signals.
The Beckhoff I/O system supports around 1000 Bus Terminals and is thus probably the most comprehensive system on the market. The components enable users to operate mixed signal configurations without restriction at each station. This means that a single non-central input/output node can map all the necessary signals.

The universal basic function block for automation

The I/O signals are wired decentralized to fieldbus devices or centrally to the controller. The available vendor-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 complex signal acquisition results in high material, installation, design and documentation expenditures as well as high costs for later changes or extensions. Inventory management and service staff are put under unnecessary strain.

The Beckhoff Bus Terminal is an open and fieldbus-neutral I/O system consisting of electronic terminal blocks. The head of an electronic terminal block is the Bus Coupler with the interface to the fieldbus. Bus Couplers are available for all leading fieldbus systems.

With the master terminals, fieldbus functionalities are also available in the form of a standard Bus Terminal. This is particularly advantageous for bus systems that are integrated as subsystems into a higher-level system. It means that only one system is required for the subsystem and for the higher-level bus interface. The master terminals are available for the following building bus systems: KNX/EIB, LON, DALI, MP-Bus, M-Bus.

CP-Link 4 – the One Cable Display Link from Beckhoff
CP-Link 4 – the One Cable Display Link from Beckhoff

Simple panel connection in the field

CP-Link 4, the one cable solution for transmitting video signal, USB 2.0 and power supply via a commercially available Cat. 6A cable allows the Control Panel to operate up to 100 meters away from the PC. Cable and assembly costs are reduced with the one cable solution. A further benefit is the use of purely passive displays. The CP-Link-4 technology is supported by the Beckhoff multi-touch Panel series CP29xx-0010 (built-in variant) and CP39xx-0010 (mounting arm variant) and is interesting for many media applications.

Beckhoff product highlights for AV and media technology

Fanless Intel® Core™-i-Power for the ultra-compact Industrial PC generation.
Fanless Intel® Core™-i-Power for the ultra-compact Industrial PC generation.

Extremely space-saving, flexibly expandable and sturdy: the new generation of ultra-compact Industrial PCs

Launched with the C6015, the series of ultra-compact Industrial PCs has positioned itself extremely successfully on the market due to its flexible application possibilities. As a sturdy Control cabinet Industrial PC with an Intel® Atom™ CPU with up to four cores and a clock speed of 1.91 GHz, the C6015 is suitable for automation, visualization and communication tasks. The small dimensions of 82 x 82 x 40 mm and the flexible mounting options make the fanless multi-core PC the ideal controller for applications with high performance requirements and minimal mounting space in almost all areas of AV and media technology. The interfaces for transferring electrical signals, IP, image and audio signals, which are available by default, make the C6015 suitable for cost efficient control of media walls, for example.

The C6017 multi-core computer, which measures just 82 x 82 x 66 mm, adds a variant to the family with additional optional interfaces. Due to its high computing power and fanless design, the C6025 is particularly suitable for demanding control applications that also take into account the aspect of green IT. The basis for this is the Intel® Core™ i U processor, which consumes significantly less power. The C6030 offers advantages such as low space requirements, universal usability and flexible mounting, even for complex applications with the highest performance requirements. The C6032 has a further board level for modular interface and function extensions. The use of compact PCIe modules allows it to be perfectly adapted to the respective multimedia application and requirement profile.

With the DMX Master Terminal for lighting and stage technology, Beckhoff integrates DMX into the PC-based control platform.
With the DMX Master Terminal for lighting and stage technology, Beckhoff integrates DMX into the PC-based control platform.

Control of DMX devices via the DMX terminal

DMX is the standard protocol for controlling professional stage and event equipment, such as that used for the dynamic lighting of showrooms and salesrooms, as well as for exclusive plays of light and color in prestigious buildings such as hotels and event centers. Color mixing and brightness values are transmitted to DMX devices that are static light sources, whilst moving sources of light additionally receive spatial coordinates. EtherCAT’s high data transfer rate enables light settings to be updated at a higher rate, with the result that changes of light and color are perceived by the eye as being more harmonious. With the EL6851, DMX devices with three axes such as scanners, moving heads or spotlights can be controlled. In addition, the EL6851 can also be used to drive the RDM (Remote Device Management) protocol. RDM is an extension of the DMX protocol and enables addressing and parameterization of devices. TwinCAT offers associated libraries.

Beckhoff supports the integration of lighting control solutions via DMX, sACN, PosiStageNet and OSC.
Beckhoff supports the integration of lighting control solutions via DMX, sACN, PosiStageNet and OSC.

Connection of DMX controllers

DMX is the standard protocol for controlling professional stage and event equipment, such as that used for the dynamic lighting of showrooms and salesrooms, as well as for exclusive plays of light and color in prestigious buildings such as hotels and event centers. In addition to the EL6851 DMX master terminal for controlling DMX slaves, Beckhoff offers a way to connect DMX consoles (or other DMX master forms) with the EL6851-0010 DMX slave terminal. In this way, any DMX console can be integrated as an operating unit for the Beckhoff controller. The control via a DMX console can also be connected with other forms of controller, such as an HMI or control panels.

The EL6851-0010 DMX slave terminal allows the input data of the DMX console to be linked to any other signals in the control system by the Beckhoff controller. Non-DMX-capable devices, such as DALI lamps or Bus Terminals, can also be addressed via the DMX console.

In addition to the EL6851-0010 DMX Slave Terminal, Beckhoff also offers the integration of light consoles via sACN, Art-Net™, PosiStageNet or OSC.

The TC3 AES70 (OCA) communication library provides functions for operating a system as an Open Control Architecture (OCA) controller in an OCA network.
The TC3 AES70 (OCA) communication library provides functions for operating a system as an Open Control Architecture (OCA) controller in an OCA network.

Integration of OCA-capable audio systems into the PC controller

The AES70 standard was published by the Audio Engineering Society, which is based in New York. It defines a scalable control protocol for professional audio devices and describes monitoring and control of such devices, but not the transfer of media data. The function blocks of the TwinCAT 3 AES70 (OCA) Communication PLC library can be used to establish data exchange between a TwinCAT PLC and an (audio) device that supports the AES70 (OCA) standard. The user can query or set properties of different objects in a device (OCA device). Function blocks such as Gain, Mute and Switch are available for this purpose. They implement any OCA structure and map any OCA device. Beckhoff offers prefabricated function blocks for devices from d&b audiotechnik.

With TF8810, OCA-capable audio systems can be integrated into Beckhoff's PC-based control platform and combined with components from the wide range of Control Panels and I/Os. TF8810 includes a license for TF6310.

Many-core computing power is available on the DIN rail with the CX20x2 Embedded PCs.
Many-core computing power is available on the DIN rail with the CX20x2 Embedded PCs.

Powerful, reliable and flexibly expandable: the Embedded PC series for control tasks in AV and media technology

The compact DIN-rail PCs from the CX series with directly connectable I/O level offer a space-saving industrial controller in the control cabinet. Beckhoff's extensive range of embedded controllers includes a device tailored to the budget, performance class and complexity of the control task for each application. In addition to the CPU, the individual devices from the CX series differ by the available system interfaces and power supply variants and can be plugged together and extended as a modular control system depending on the task in the field of AV and media control.

The CX family includes several basic CPU modules with different processors for adaption of the performance to suit the respective control task. As a result, different applications can be implemented on the same hardware, such as a PLC and motion control system with a DVI/USB interface or a multimedia system with an audio interface.The most powerful devices from the CX series are the CX20x2s, which are equipped with Intel® Xeon® processors and a separate graphic unit. They can be used to realize even sophisticated visualizations.

The multi-touch panel series offers maximum flexibility for the realization of ergonomic operating concepts.
The multi-touch panel series offers maximum flexibility for the realization of ergonomic operating concepts.

Maximum flexibility for proven and new operating concepts with multi-touch

The Beckhoff Panel generation with industry-standard multi-touch displays offers the right solution for any application. The wide variety of versions ranges from different display sizes and formats to customer-specific executions and can thus be used in many media applications. For single-touch users, the new panel generation also offers excellent value for money and a smart alternative to other systems.

Highlights

  • display sizes from 7-inch to 24-inch (16:9, 5:4, 4:3)
  • landscape and portrait mode
  • multi-touch (PCT): e.g., for 5-finger or 2-hand touch operation
  • high touch-point density for safe operation
  • high-quality aluminum housing, milled from a solid block
  • metal perimeter protection for the display front
  • built-in or mounting arm models
  • Control Panel with CP-Link 4 or DVI/USB-Extended technology
  • Panel PCs with CPUs from Intel® Atom™ to Core™ i7
  • optional electromechanical push-button extension

optimized graphics functionality with DisplayPort
optimized graphics functionality with DisplayPort

Optimized graphics functionality with the DisplayPort

The DisplayPort transfers image and audio signal at the same time and is therefore suitable for connecting panels or monitors to the Embedded PC. The CX5130, CX5140 and CX20x0 Embedded PC devices are available with a DisplayPort and allow the connection of a monitor with a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 at 60 Hz. A second monitor can be controlled via the DVI interface. This enables use in a variety of media applications.

 TwinCAT HMI – the quick way to a platform-independent user interface.
TwinCAT HMI – the quick way to a platform-independent user interface.

The quicker way to the individual user interface

TwinCAT HMI consistently relies on widely used IT standards such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. The integration of a full graphic editor with an extensive toolbox into the familiar TwinCAT engineering environment makes it possible to create extensive visualization pages for multimedia applications with little effort. Customer-specific functions that are not part of the visualization toolbox can be implemented via the above-mentioned IT standards or higher-level programming languages. The visualizations created are independent of the client's platform and responsive. The powerful basic architecture makes numerous application scenarios possible in the field of media technology: from the local panel solution to multi-client, multi-server and multi-runtime concepts for digital signage applications, user interfaces for media applications, room control units or other HMI.

Beckhoff relies on proven IT standards:

  • Visual Studio® for the engineering
  • HTML5 for the design
  • TLS for secure communication
  • execution of the user interface on any HTML-capable browser, regardless of operating system, resolution and display

TwinCAT TCP/IP is used to implement and realize one or more TCP/IP servers and/or TCP/IP clients in the TwinCAT 3 PLC.
TwinCAT TCP/IP is used to implement and realize one or more TCP/IP servers and/or TCP/IP clients in the TwinCAT 3 PLC.

TF6310 is the basis for the support of sACN, Art-Net, PosiStageNet, QSC and PJLink

TwinCAT TCP/IP TF6310 is used to implement and realize one or more TCP/IP servers and/or TCP/IP clients in the TwinCAT 3 PLC. Corresponding function blocks exist for the establishment/disconnection of communication as well as for the pure exchange of data (send and receive). The function blocks also support the use of multicast addresses here. Many of the communication interfaces in AV and media technology are based on TCP/IP, which is why TF6310 is used in almost all multimedia projects with Beckhoff control technology. TF6310 is the basis for the support of sACN, Art-Net, PosiStageNet, QSC and PJLink.