Beckhoff at OTC 2021

Barrier-free from zone 0 into the cloud: PC-based control


Offshore Technology Conference

Integrated control systems from Beckhoff for oil, gas and petrochemicals

Visit Beckhoff at booth 1959 during Offshore Technology Conference 2021 to learn about the company’s comprehensive line of PC-based automation solutions for oil and gas applications. Perfectly suited to the explosion protection requirements of process environments, Control Panel displays rated for Zone 2/22 and intrinsically safe EtherCAT I/O terminals that can connect to sensors in Zone 0 are just some of the technologies Beckhoff will showcase. In addition, cost-saving I/O solutions that connect HART and NAMUR devices to Beckhoff PC-based control architectures will also be on display.

Beckhoff will demonstrate new advances in IoT, including how barrier-free control concepts can be implemented from Zone 0 all the way to the cloud. With a system-integrated approach to hardware and software, Beckhoff is uniquely positioned to help connect process equipment to the cloud and other higher level systems for advanced measurement, condition monitoring and data analysis. PC-based control supports the horizontal and vertical integration of systems and processes in offshore energy and the process industry as a whole.

From Zone 0 into the cloud: barrier-free communication with PC-based control

PC- and EtherCAT-based control technology offers all the tools needed for the convergence of industrial automation and process automation. To accomplish this, ELX series EtherCAT Terminals enable direct connection of intrinsically safe field devices up to Zone 0/20 and Zone 1/21. Due to its flexibility and openness, PC-based control also provides the optimum foundation to implement networked production according to Industrie 4.0 and IoT concepts. Cloud communication can be easily established either via TwinCAT IoT software or via IoT Bus Couplers from Beckhoff.


From standard I/Os to safety: intrinsically safe EtherCAT Terminals for hazardous areas

The exceptionally compact and intrinsically safe EtherCAT Terminals from the ELX series support direct connection of field devices up to Zone 0/20. These terminals, which are rated for use in Zone 2/22, combine a safety barrier with signal terminal functionality. Their large signal diversity enables the ELX terminals to optimize virtually any process technology application. In combination with TwinSAFE SC (Single Channel) technology, EtherCAT I/O offers compact solutions for applications that require intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety.

ELX terminals

New alternative operating system for Beckhoff controllers: flexible, open TwinCAT/BSD

A key update for the flexible PC-based automation platform is the introduction of TwinCAT/BSD as an alternative OS for Beckhoff controllers. Ideal for process applications, TwinCAT/BSD combines the TwinCAT real-time with FreeBSD — an open-source, highly secure, Unix-based operating system used by many large industrial and consumer technology vendors. Many Linux applications used in oil and gas can easily be ported to this OS, including execution of native Linux binaries. This affords greater customization, reduced license costs and ease of distribution with third-party vendors. Engineering in Visual Studio® still occurs on standard Windows PCs or via web browsers using TwinCAT Cloud Engineering, and support of Windows-based systems will continue.


TwinCAT Cloud Engineering

From passive displays to integrated PC options: the robust CPX series Ex panels

Multi-touch panels with an elegant, yet explosion-proof aluminum design are available for the process industry. The robust CPX series from Beckhoff offers a wide range of Control Panels and Panel PCs with an integrated CPU for use in Zone 2/22. Flexible mounting options, robust finish and capacitive touch technology optimize operation even in harsh environments.

CPX series

From data acquisition to HMI: one control platform with TwinCAT software

With TwinCAT software, Beckhoff offers an integrated control and engineering platform for automation and process technology. In addition to conventional PLC and motion control processes, it includes the HMI, secure cloud connection via TwinCAT IoT and cloud-based analysis functions via TwinCAT Analytics. For process engineering applications, TwinCAT integrates process industry protocols and interfaces such as NAMUR, HART and FDT/DTM. Support of OPC UA, MQTT and AMQP guarantees secure and vendor-independent data communication.



TwinCAT Analytics

At a glance

Houston, TX, United States
16.08.2021 – 19.08.2021
Beckhoff main stand:
Hall D, Booth 1959
Link to exhibition:
Headquarters United States
Beckhoff Automation LLC

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Savage, MN 55378
United States

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