Beckhoff Automation

New Automation Technology

Beckhoff implements open automation systems using proven PC-based control technology. The main areas that the product range covers are industrial PCs, I/O and fieldbus components, drive technology, automation software, control cabinet-free automation, and hardware for machine vision. Product ranges that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and mutually compatible control system are available for all sectors. Our New Automation Technology stands for universal and industry-independent control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a large variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building control.

PC-based control technology

C60xx | Ultra-compact Industrial PCs
C60xx | Ultra-compact Industrial PCs

Since Beckhoff’s foundation in 1980, the development of innovative products and solutions on the basis of PC-based control technology has been the foundation of the company's continued success. We recognized many standards in automation technology that are taken for granted today at an early stage and successfully introduced to the market as innovations. Beckhoff’s philosophy of PC-based control as well as the invention of the Lightbus system and TwinCAT automation software are milestones in automation technology and have proven themselves as powerful alternatives to traditional control technology. EtherCAT, the real-time Ethernet solution, provides a powerful and future-oriented technology for a new generation of control concepts.

Beckhoff Automation at a glance

Sales from 1980 through 2023. Status: March 2024
Sales from 1980 through 2023. Status: March 2024
  • 2023 global sales: €1.75 billion (+16%)
  • Headquarters: Verl, Germany
  • Managing owner: Hans Beckhoff
  • Employees worldwide: 5,500 (March 2024)
  • Engineers: 2,000
  • Subsidiaries/representative offices worldwide: 40
  • Sales offices in Germany: 23
  • Representatives worldwide: >75

Worldwide presence on all continents

Beckhoff branches and representations worldwide. Status: October 2023
Beckhoff branches and representations worldwide. Status: October 2023

The corporate headquarters of Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG in Verl, Germany, is the site of the central departments such as development, production, administration, sales, marketing, support and service. Beckhoff’s presence in the international market is guaranteed by its subsidiaries. Beckhoff is represented in more than 75 countries by worldwide cooperation partners.

A detailed overview of our worldwide locations is available here.

Beckhoff United States

Beckhoff USA team at the subsidiary’s 20th anniversary party in July 2019
Beckhoff USA team at the subsidiary’s 20th anniversary party in July 2019

Beckhoff Automation LLC serves manufacturers, machine builders and other high-tech companies across the U.S. with a direct sales and support network that has been in place since 1999. With over 170 employees, Beckhoff USA is ready to help customers succeed with automation in any industry via problem-solving technical consultation and support. Led by President Kevin Barker, the headquarters of Beckhoff USA is located in Savage, Minnesota, with a central warehouse, training center and service facilities with repair and modification offerings. Beckhoff USA also operates several regional offices and technical centers strategically located in major technology markets across the country for exceptional local service and support.

From core automation functionality like PLC, HMI, motion control and safety to leading edge IIoT and Industrie 4.0 concepts, Beckhoff USA has decades of field experience automating many notable manufacturing and processing applications in assembly, intralogistics, metalworking, machine tools, packaging, processing, scientific research and discovery, additive manufacturing and more. Notable customers include globally active automobile companies, household names in consumer-packaged goods (CPG) manufacturing, leading electronics manufacturers and giants of e-commerce and retail.

Beckhoff USA is actively expanding its market share and supports its growth with rapid workforce development and new office openings. Recently opened or expanded facilities in Charlotte, Denver, Houston and Milwaukee add to our coast-to-coast engineering sales and support network that stretches from Boston and Philadelphia to Seattle and Silicon Valley.