SAVAGE, Minn.—Beckhoff Automation L.L.C. will launch its eXtended Transport System for the U.S. market at Pack Expo 2019 in Las Vegas from Sept. 23-25.
Alongside its other automation hardware, Beckhoff will also debut XTS, its TwinCat Vision software and EtherCat G for packaging machinery at Booth LS-6149 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to a company release.
XTS, a linear transport system, provides capabilities for packaging machines and smart factories by combining advantages of rotary and linear drive principles, Beckhoff said. Its compact form factor reduces machine footprint up to 50 percent. It enables intelligent material flow, precision, robotics integration and self-reconfiguration based on lot, recipe or other specifications. It has customizable motor modules, mechanical guide rails and wireless movers to integrate power electronics, EtherCat communication and position measurement.
The movers can be controlled at velocities of about 4 meters per second and acceleration of about 100 meters per second per second, Beckhoff said. Using modular linear motors and rails, it can be shaped in circles, clothoids and S-curves, as well as straight, open segments. Tracks can be combined to manipulate parts with multiple movers, as it allows installation horizontally, vertically or at angles, and flexible mass production down to lot size 1 is possible through other Beckhoff products.
Beckhoff said its TwinCat Vision software will add comprehensive image processing into the range of machine control programming and runtime in TwinCat 3, as machine vision becomes an integral part of Industry 4.0 concepts with track-and-trace quality optimization. The software enables users to use GigE cameras on varied machines and lines without the need for third-party vision systems or outside expert programming. The TwinCat engineering environment and runtime allows vision system programming using languages that are familiar to controls engineers, including the languages standardized in IEC 61131-3.
Beckhoff will also be presenting updates on new EtherCat solutions such as Ethercat G and G10, TSN-ready I/O, ELH high-end measurement modules and TwinSafe hardware for integrated machine safety architectures. In line with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 802.3 ethernet standards, EtherCat G and G10 provide communication at 1 and 10 gigabits per second, respectively. A branch controller model allows for parallel operation of standard 100 megabit per second segments with either EtherCat G or G10 as the main trunk or reversed.
The Beckhoff expo booth will also include new PC-based control hardware and accessories, including CU81xx Uninterruptable Power Supply Modules, which provides 24 V DC power to connected devices in initiates data saving, transfer of processes to defined states and safe shut down if external supply fails. The booth will also feature the CU8210 WLAN devices, which plug directly into an industrial PC's USB 2.0 port and is protected by a dome. It offers a backward-compatible wireless client with encrypted data exchange up to 433.3 megabits per second and support for 20, 40 and 80 megahertz transmission bandwidth.
The new C6032 will bring back the compact C60xx series industrial PCs, Beckhoff said. The series offers the same quad-core, 3.6 gigahertz Core i7 processors as the C6030 IPC but has two additional PCIe compact module slots. It also has modular AX8000 Servo Drives and the AMP8000 Distributed Servo Drive System, to integrate a servo drive directly into a compact servomotor and provide power and communication through EtherCat P.
For more information, visit www.beckhoff.com.
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