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Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries.

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The Beckhoff “New Automation Technology” philosophy represents universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of different applications, ranging from CNC-controlled machine tools to intelligent building automation.

Beckhoff | The IPC Company

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Beckhoff supplies the right Industrial PC for every application. High-quality components based on open standards and the rugged construction of the device housings mean that the Industrial PCs are ideally equipped for all control requirements. Embedded PCs make modular IPC technology available in miniature format for DIN rail mounting. In addition to their application in automation, Beckhoff Industrial PCs are also ideally suited to other kinds of tasks – wherever reliable and robust PC technology is required.

Beckhoff | The I/O Company

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Beckhoff has the right technology for every signal and every fieldbus. Beckhoff supplies a complete range of Fieldbus Components for all common I/Os and fieldbus systems. With the Bus Terminals in protection class IP 20, and the Fieldbus Box modules in IP 67, a complete range is available for all important signal types and fieldbus systems. In addition to conventional bus systems, Beckhoff offers a complete EtherCAT I/O range for the high-speed Ethernet fieldbus based on EtherCAT Terminals and the EtherCAT Box.

Beckhoff | The Motion Company

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In combination with the Motion Control solutions offered by the TwinCAT automation software, Beckhoff Drive Technology represents an advanced and complete drive system. PC-based control technology from Beckhoff is ideally suited for single and multiple axis positioning tasks with highly dynamic requirements. The AX5000 Servo Drive series with high-performance EtherCAT system communication offers maximum performance and dynamics. Servomotors with One Cable Technology, which combines power and feedback system in a standard motor cable, reduce material and commissioning costs. The drive system XTS (eXtended Transport System) replaces classic mechanical systems by innovative mechatronics. It enables individual product transport applications with a continuous flow of material.

Beckhoff | The Automation Company

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Beckhoff offers comprehensive system solutions in different performance classes for all areas of automation. Beckhoff control technology is scalable – from high-performance Industrial PCs to mini PLCs – and can be adapted precisely to the respective application. TwinCAT automation software integrates real-time control with PLC, NC and CNC functions in a single package. All Beckhoff controllers are programmed using TwinCAT in accordance with the globally-recognised IEC 61131-3 programming standard. With TwinCAT 3, C/C++ and Matlab®/Simulink® are available as programming languages in addition to IEC 61131-3.

Hardt ‘The grand reveal’

June 20, 2019

Team Delft Hyperloop won in 2017 de hyperloop wedstrijd georganiseerd door Elon Musk en Space X. Bij deze wedstrijd is het de bedoeling om een “pod” zo hard mogelijk voort te stuwen door een vacuümbuis. Met dit principe zouden de eerste stappen naar de trein van de toekomst gezet moeten worden. Deze toekomstige trein zou een alternatief kunnen vormen voor intercontinentale vluchten. Het verschil met vliegen is echter dat deze Hyperloop een minimale CO2 footprint heeft.

De uit dit team afgesplitste startup Hardt B.V. is bezig met het ontwikkelen en realiseren van deze hyperloop. Hardt B.V. spreekt hiertoe met verschillende bedrijven en overheden. EtherCAT vormt de basis voor de snelle communicatie van de aandrijving.

Hardt B.V. vordert snel met het ontwikkelen van draagvlak voor de hyperloop en op 27 juni willen ze de nieuwste ontwikkelingen aan de wereld tonen. Dit evenement genaamd “the big reveal” zal plaatsvinden om 13:00 en is te volgen via de volgende hyperlink


Beckhoff Trade Show TV at Hannover Messe 2019

April 10, 2019

At Hannover Messe 2019 Beckhoff demonstrated the contribution that PC and EtherCAT-based control technology is making to the implementation of intelligent automation concepts. Current innovations and revolutions were presented in five technology forums: from the XPlanar transport system with free-floating movers to EtherCAT G with a transmission rate of 1 Gbit/s and the new CX7000 small controller with optimised price/performance ratio. Visitors were able to experience the advantages of machine learning through exemplary application scenarios. Find out more on Beckhoff Trade Show TV.

EtherCAT G: The next level of performance at 1 Gbit/s

March 16, 2019

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The technology expansion EtherCAT G takes the high EtherCAT performance to the next level by delivering the Gbit Ethernet speeds needed to support highly data-intensive applications. The latest technology expansion is not only compatible with the globally established 100 Mbit/s EtherCAT standard, but also provides the same familiar ease of use. In addition, the new branch controller model for EtherCAT G enables efficient operation of multiple network segments in parallel. Read more

Flying Motion: XPlanar

February 9, 2019

As an automation and motion specialist, Beckhoff is setting new benchmarks in drive technology with the eXtended planar motor system. Free-floating planar movers move jerk-free and contact-free at up to 4 m/s over planar tiles that can be arranged in any desired layout. The movers are kept at a defined distance by electromagnetic forces. Travelling magnetic fields generated in the planar tiles provide for a precise and highly dynamic positioning of the movers. Read more

Managementopvolging Beckhoff Automation BV

January 12, 2019

Na 32 jaar als Managing Director gewerkt te hebben, heeft directeur Jos Out besloten om de dagelijkse leiding van Beckhoff Automation BV vanaf 2 januari 2019 over te dragen aan Jurjen Verhoeff, die de positie van Managing Director Operations zal gaan vervullen en John Stut, die de positie van Managing Director Sales zal gaan vervullen. Lees verder

AMP8000 |Distributed Servo Drive System

October 9, 2018

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The new AMP8000 distributed Servo Drive system from Beckhoff breaks new ground for modular machine concepts. The space-saving AMP8000 integrates a servo drive directly into a servomotor in an ultra-compact design. By relocating the power electronics directly into the machine, the control cabinet only needs to house a single coupling module to supply power to multiple servo drives with a single cable via a distribution module. The result: significant savings in terms of cost, space, materials and installation effort. Read more

TwinCAT Vision

October 6, 2018

PC-based control specialist Beckhoff has expanded its established, highly successful TwinCAT product range to include TwinCAT Vision, an integrated Image processing solution. This addition underscores the increasing importance of image processing as a quality factor across mechanical engineering, particularly in applications like Industrie 4.0, Quality optimisation, and track-and-trace. Read more

TwinCAT IoT Communicator

August 29, 2018

Easy and secure transfer of process data to mobile end devices

The TwinCAT IoT Communicator makes it easy for PLCs to communicate with mobile devices by connecting the TwinCAT controller directly and securely to a messaging service through TLS encryption. For smartphone and tablet users, the associated IoT Communicator App ensures that process data can be represented on all mobile devices in a clear overview. Alarms are sent to the device as push messages. Read more

Assembly solution 4.0: for more efficiency in production down to lot sizes of 1

August 18, 2018

The “Flexim Open Automation System” combines modularity, flexibility, reconfigurability and connectivity to meet the requirements of small production lots right down to individualized production. Developed by Italian start-up company “Smart Factory”, the system consists of a basic machine module that can be extended as required with standard or customer-specific production modules and flexibly adapted to individual applications. At the core of the solution is the XTS linear transport system with the PC-based automation architecture from Beckhoff. Read more [Source:]

Robot-assisted filleting machinery revolutionizes the fish industry

August 8, 2018

The Icelandic company Valka, headquartered in Kópavogur, specializes in the development of automation solutions for the fish industry and has made a name for itself with technological innovations in this market, which is characterized by demanding production requirements. The system developed by Valka produces extremely precise cuts at different angles through a combination of X-ray radiation, 3D image processing and a robot-controlled water-jet cutting head. Fully automatic deboning, filleting and portioning of fresh fish are accomplished quickly, reliably and efficiently, giving Valka’s customers key competitive advantages. lees verder [Bron:]

Intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety combined in one highly compact package

July 10, 2018
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Intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety combined in one highly compact package
The EtherCAT Terminals in the ELX series have been expanded by the addition of analog input terminals with TwinSAFE SC (Single Channel) technology. These highly compact I/O terminals can be used to support applications in hazardous areas that require both intrinsically safe signal transmission and functional safety capabilities. Read more

TwinCAT HMI is nu leverbaar

June 11, 2018

Sinds de Hannover Messe van 2018 is de TwinCAT HMI software leverbaar geworden.

De nieuwe TwinCAT HMI software is een op HTML 5 en javascript gebaseerd platform, dat meerdere functies samenbrengt binnen één omgeving. Binnen de TwinCAT HMI communiceert het project met een HMI server. De HMI clients kunnen hun data ophalen bij deze HMI Server.

De HMI kan on the fly worden aangepast en wijzigingen kunnen direct in een live watchwindow worden bekeken, waardoor snel getest kan worden en het designproces snel doorlopen kan worden. Verder beschikt de TwinCAT HMI software over responsive design en is browser onafhankelijk.

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TwinCAT Vision seamlessly integrates machine vision into automation technology

February 21, 2018

With TwinCAT Vision, Beckhoff has incorporated comprehensive image processing capabilities into its PC-based control system. TwinCAT software unites a comprehensive range of machine functionality – PLC, motion control, robotics, high-end measurement technology, IoT, HMI and now machine vision – all in an end-to-end engineering and control platform.

Beckhoff opent 2e vestiging in Eindhoven

February 10, 2018

Beckhoff heeft vandaag haar kantoor in Eindhoven geopend. Vanwege aanhoudende groei breidt Beckhoff uit met een nieuwe vestiging.

Het Beckhoff kantoor in Eindhoven vormt een aanvulling op de reeds langer bestaande Nederlandse hoofdvestiging in Haarlem. Erik Reichardt is aangesteld om de vestiging verder te laten groeien. Beckhoff Nederland heeft hierdoor een extra ondersteuningspunt, lokaal en dichtbij de klanten in het zuiden van Nederland. [Bron:]

AMP8000: Distributed Servo Drive system

January 3, 2018

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The new AMP8000 distributed Servo Drive system from Beckhoff breaks new ground for modular machine concepts. The space-saving AMP8000 integrates a servo drive directly into a servomotor in an ultra-compact design. By relocating the power electronics directly into the machine, the control cabinet only needs to house a single coupling module to supply power to multiple servo drives with a single cable via a distribution module. The result: significant savings in terms of cost, space, materials and installation effort.

Real-time-capable data communication via OPC UA

March 11, 2017

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Direct integration of OPC UA Pub/Sub UDP communication into the TwinCAT 3 runtime paves the way for straightforward configuration of publishers and subscribers, as well as exchange of data in real-time.

With a new extension of the OPC UA specification, which Beckhoff played a prominent role in helping develop, the publisher/subscriber principle is being introduced into the established and standardised OPC UA communication protocol.

De AX8000 is de nieuwe modulaire EtherCAT servodrive met een zeer compacte bouwvorm

October 13, 2016

De AX8000 biedt korte reactietijden, waardoor nog nauwkeuriger geproduceerd kan worden. Voor de AX8000 serie zijn diverse voedingsmodules, single axis modules, een double axis module en capacitor modules beschikbaar.

Door het compacte design kunnen de drives eenvoudig in de kleinste ruimtes worden geïnstalleerd. Middels het onderlinge AX-bridge verbindingssysteem en de One Cable Technology voor de motoren, wordt de benodigde installatietijd tot een minimum beperkt. De AX8000 kan desgewenst worden uitgevoerd met een geïntegreerde TwinSAFE optie tot en met Perfromance level e.

U kunt >>hier<< klikken voor een informatieve video van de AX8000 servodrive

De multifunctionele CX2000 serie bevindt zicht in het topsegment van de EPC range

October 8, 2016

Beckhoff is presenting the CX2000 series – the second generation of its Embedded PC family which was brought onto the market in 2002. The CX2030 and CX2040 Embedded PCs implement an essential new feature: multi-core processors. With this impressive boost in performance, these embedded controllers cover performance areas previously reserved for larger, cabinet-mounted Industrial PCs. A further essential feature of the new Embedded PC series is the internal extension bus, which is based on PCI Express and with which the system interfaces are connected with the full bandwidth of a PCI Express lane.

EL3751 multi-function terminal: High-end measurement technology in the standard I/O system

September 10, 2016

With the new EL3751 EtherCAT Terminal, Beckhoff presents a new generation of high-precision I/Os for measurement applications. At 10,000 samples per second, a measurement accuracy of ±0.01 % and 24 bit resolution, the EL3751 provides high-end measurement technology as part of the standard I/O system. Added to this is long-term stability, flexible filter configurations (e.g. band stop), and extensive parameterisation options for the analog input, which supports the measurement functions U, I, R, DMS (strain gauge) and RTD.

EtherCAT P: Ultra-fast communication and power in one cable

September 3, 2016

TDC – Doysis afvulmachine met XTS systeem

June 8, 2016

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TDC is een toonaangevende leverancier van machines ten behoeve van de tabaksindustrie binnen het OTP (Other Tobacco Products) segment. TDC biedt een zeer breed portfolio van machines voor het verpakken van roll-your-own, make-your-own en expanded tobacco in pakjes, cans, stazakken en andere speciale verpakkingen.

Beckhoff Automation Increases Sales 22 Percent to 620 Million Euros in 2015

May 4, 2016

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Beckhoff Automation posted global annual revenue of 620 million euros in 2015, an increase of 22 percent. This follows a similarly successful 2014 financial year in which sales rose by 17 percent. Managing Director Hans Beckhoff was very satisfied with the company’s development: “We won market share and grew much faster compared to the market as a whole. [Source:]

TwinCAT 3 Scope – multi-core oscilloscope for “big data”

April 12, 2016

With TwinCAT Scope, measuring applications are as simple as could be, even for “big data” applications: support for multi-core processing also enables the acquisition and display of very large quantities of data.
The software oscilloscope is fully integrated within the TwinCAT control architecture and enables the simple graphical display of signal curves using the charting tool.

EtherCAT voetbalrobots zijn Europees kampioen

April 9, 2016

Tijdens het European Open in het Evoluon in Eindhoven wisten de robots van Tech United het toernooi ongeslagen op hun naam te schrijven. Op weg naar de finale werden teams uit Duitsland en Portugal, het team van VDL en het team van ASML verslagen. De Technische Universiteit Eindhoven maakt voor het aansturen van de EtherCAT voetbalrobots gebruik van Beckhoff IPC’s en EtherCAT I/O.

Het spel was fris en sprankelend en er werd veel vooruitgang geboekt op gebieden als handelingssnelheid, balcontrole en passing tussen de robots onderling. In de finale mocht Tech United het opnemen tegen het even sterk geachte team CAMBADA uit Portugal.

Zie onderstaande compilatievideo van de spannende finale tussen CAMBADA en Tech United.

Industrial PCs for small and medium-sized control and motion applications

February 5, 2016

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The new price/performance class for PC-based control technology

PC-based control technology from Beckhoff is exceptionally scalable in terms of hardware and software, enabling precisely tailored solutions for every application. As an answer for cost-sensitive applications in the lower and medium performance range, two new entry-level Beckhoff Industrial PCs (IPCs) have been announced to achieve best-in-class results at a lower price-point.

High-speed production line combines 3D printing with precision machining

January 27, 2016

The development of additive manufacturing is progressing rapidly. One of the main advances in the progression of this technology is 3D printing of metals. To enhance this trend, TNO’s additive manufacturing department in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, is developing “Hyproline”, a “High Performance Production Line for Small Series Metal Parts” which consists of an integrated production line that incorporates printers and modules for finishing small metal products in various designs.

EtherCAT P – Ultra-fast communication and power in one cable

January 13, 2016


EtherCAT P integrates the EtherCAT Industrial Ethernet protocol and peripheral voltage into one cable. In addition, EtherCAT P enables the direct forwarding of a power supply via the devices. The combination of high-performance EtherCAT communication and the flexible, unrestricted network topology options make EtherCAT P the ideal bus system for sensors, actuators and measurement technology.

TwinCAT Analytics: Seamless recording and analysis of process and production data

January 7, 2016

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Implementation of Industry 4.0 and IoT concepts comes with a wide range of requirements, particularly for machine diagnostics, including online and offline condition analysis, predictive maintenance, pattern recognition, machine optimisation or long-term data archival. As a result, seamless and cycle-synchronous data acquisition becomes a prerequisite for effective analysis and correction of processing errors in the machine. For this reason, Beckhoff has developed the TwinCAT Analytics tool to serve the growing needs of Industry 4.0 applications.

aerodyn energiesysteme GmbH: Twincat 3 bestuurt windturbine installatie van 5 megawatt in China

October 21, 2015

Flexibel systeemconcept profiteert van modulair TwinCAT Wind Framework. Pc-Control artikel

C6915 control cabinet PC – De kracht van een Quad-core processor in een kleine bouwvorm

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The C6915 control cabinet PC extends the range of Beckhoff Industrial PCs with a fanless, extremely compact unit that features state-of-the-art multi-core Atom™ technology from Intel. Thanks to the high computing power of up to four processor cores, scalable to match system demand, this unit opens up a new price-to-performance class for PLC and motion control applications.