Flexibility, high speeds with perfect machining results, energy efficiency, transparency and connectivity – the demands on modern machine tool systems are constantly increasing. With PC-based control, Beckhoff offers the optimal tool to meet these challenges effectively. Regardless of whether machining, eroding, surface finishing or laser processing is concerned, the scalable and powerful Beckhoff portfolio of hardware and software makes tailor-made control solutions possible: from pure sequential control to high-performance CNC. The backbone of the system are the Industrial PCs, which are always equipped with state-of-the-art components. Their excellent real-time properties deliver robust computing performance, even for highly complex multi-axis positioning algorithms. At the same time, the PC controller has the necessary openness for seamless connection to control systems and thus meets a decisive criterion for the realization of a networked production of the 21st century. EtherCAT ensures ultra-fast communication to the connected field devices and highly accurate synchronization of motion and technological process, which provides for a significant competitive advantage when using laser technology, among other things. TwinCAT automation software ultimately combines PLC, NC and CNC functions in one system, coupled with integrated engineering, whether it be a single machine or a complex manufacturing system.
In the past, Beckhoff has established itself as a solution provider for a wide range of applications, be it in mechanical engineering or mold making, in aerospace, medical technology or additive manufacturing, and uses its extensive technology know-how in cross-vendor initiatives. As a VDW member, Beckhoff was involved from the outset in the specification of the new OPC-40501-1 connectivity standard, which was developed as part of the umati project. Beckhoff thus once again underlines its comprehensive competences as an innovative partner of the machine tool industry.