Beckhoff Automation GmbH of Verl, Germany, exhibited at its first K show, with a personal computer-based control for injection molding and blow molding machines, and extruders.
The open-architecture XFC stands for eXtreme Fast Control technology. Features include ultrafast input/output terminals, the company's EtherCAR high-speed Ethernet fieldbus, and its TwinCAT automated software. It attains new accuracy levels for switching over to holding pressure during the injection molding process, Beckhoff said.
At K 2007, Beckhoff molded parts on a microinjection press with a linear drive, to make medical devices, which was developed with medical technology faculty from the Technical University of Munich. It was equipped with the XFC controller on the press, which uses a single synchronous linear motor to drive all functions, eliminating the need for a second motor and additional gearing components.
The company's U.S. headquarters, Beckhoff Automation LLC, is in Burnsville, Minn.
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