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Beckhoff Automation

New Automation Technology

Beckhoff implements open automation systems using PC-based control technology. The product spectrum comprises these main areas: Industrial PCs, I/O and fieldbus components, drive technology and automation software. Product series are available for all areas, which can be used as individual components or function collectively as a complete, harmonized control system. Our New Automation Technology philosophy stands for universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of applications ranging from CNC machine tools to intelligent building automation systems.

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

PC-based control technology

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.

Sales from 1980 through 2019. Status: April 2020
Sales from 1980 through 2019. Status: April 2020

Beckhoff Automation at a glance

  • 2019 worldwide sales: €903 million (-1%)
  • Headquarters: Verl, Germany
  • Managing owner: Hans Beckhoff
  • Employees worldwide: 4,350
  • Engineers: 1,750
  • Subsidiaries/representative offices worldwide: 39
  • Sales offices in Germany: 23
  • Representatives worldwide: 75

Beckhoff branches and representations worldwide Status: April 2020
Beckhoff branches and representations worldwide Status: April 2020

Worldwide presence on all continents

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 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 United States

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.