High demands are placed on modern warehouse and distribution systems: They must ensure fast availability with maximum individualization, high efficiency and reliability to meet growing customer demands. One of the biggest challenges that manufacturers of conveying equipment and logistics systems face is flexible adaptation to changing market trends, new products and individual customer requirements. The PC- and EtherCAT-based automation platform from Beckhoff offers the solution. High-performance, modular in structure, and precisely scalable with regard to performance and design, it supports the implementation of efficient and flexible warehouse and distribution logistics of different orders of magnitude and with different tasks: from the control of an individual machine to the automation of complete systems.
Due to its openness, PC-based control is ideally suited to the optimization of logistics processes through the networking of production, intralogistics and retail. Standardized interfaces in hardware and software enable the easy integration of control technology into new or existing system structures. This allows a quick reaction to new requirements and ensures the reliable processing of orders. Due to the high performance of multi-core and many-core processors, in addition to the core machine and system functions, the warehouse management, e.g., can also be realized both centrally or decentrally distributed.